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Mining the British Isles oak tree-ring data set. Part A: Rationale, data, software, and proof of concept

Bridge, MC; Fowler, AM; (2015) Mining the British Isles oak tree-ring data set. Part A: Rationale, data, software, and proof of concept. Dendrochronologia , 35 pp. 24-33. 10.1016/j.dendro.2015.05.008. Green open access

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Abstract

From stuttering early beginnings, archaeological oak dendrochronology in the British Isles developed rapidly in the latter decades of the 20th century, to the present situation where dozens of new crossdated site chronologies are produced each year. Although unevenly spread in both space and time, the available data set is now so large (several thousand sites) that it has the potential to be mined for applications that were not envisaged when the data were originally collected. Here we compile available data into an oak database of archaeological and modern (living) sites, develop a software tool to visualise spatial patterns and correlations, and explore six potential data-mining applications (crossdating methodology, crossdating error detection, regional chronologies, pointer years, provenancing, past climate reconstruction). Results indicate variable data-mining potential, but with viable prospects in each case.

Type: Article
Title: Mining the British Isles oak tree-ring data set. Part A: Rationale, data, software, and proof of concept
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.dendro.2015.05.008
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dendro.2015.05.008
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Dendrochronology, Oak
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1505731
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