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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Dating Old Welsh Houses Using Dendrochronology

Plas Tirion, Llanwrst, one of the houses tree-ring dated this week.
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Earlier this week, Royal Commission staff visited the Conwy valley, to work with Margaret Dunn, the director of the Dating Old Welsh Houses project  in evaluating the final batch of houses, which will now be tree-ring dated by Dr Dan Miles and Dr Martin Bridge from the Oxford Dendrochronology Laboratory. Working in partnership with the Royal Commission, Dating Old Welsh Houses is a community-based history project focused on dating historic houses in the counties of North-west Wales and then compiling their house histories. In the last three years over sixty houses have been successfully dated by the partnership project and revealed some remarkable results. Contrary to the traditional view that North Wales was an architectural backwater in terms of houses, the results of the project show that the characteristic Snowdonian house took shape in the early sixteenth-century much earlier than previously believed. The work of this project was featured on Wednesday, 25 January by BBC Radio Wales on the Roy Noble programme by their community-reporter, Huw Jenkins. This interview will now be available for the next week on the BBC iPlayer. To learn more about the work of the partnership project, click on the link and fast-forward to 1 hour and 48 minutes into the programme. Many of the results are already available in the National Monuments Record and on Coflein.


Coflein - Discovering Our Past Online
Coflein is the online database for the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW), the national collection of information about the historic environment of Wales. 

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