Dendrochronology Database

Vernacular Architecture Group, 2000 (updated 2018)

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Vernacular Architecture Group (2018) Dendrochronology Database [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor]


This database is an index of tree-ring dates for 4241 buildings (or sections of buildings) as published in Vernacular Architecture up to Volume 48 (2017). It also includes 20 building dates obtained by high precision radiocarbon dating. Descriptions of the buildings as given in the lists are included in the database. However, these descriptions have not been edited, so any references they contain relate to the volume as printed. In particular, detailed studies of some of the buildings have been published as 'individual case studies'. These are referenced, but for further information, the relevant volume of Vernacular Architecture will need to be consulted. About 350 buildings which have been investigated for tree-ring dating, but for which no date was obtained are also listed. Dates that have been superseded by later work are also indicated.

Field Desciptions

  • When applicable, the first date listed is that of primary construction
  • The notes field should be consulted for the significance of the additional felling dates.
  • The Volume and page references are for the entries in Vernacular Architecture. A unique identifier number has also been assigned to each entry in the database (list sequence id)
  • If no range is given for the date it is precise (complete sapwood).
  • The structure and building type fields are based on information provided in the lists (occasionally modified in the light of unpublished information), and are certainly incomplete.
  • County: counties are listed as given in the original description and include both the historic and modern counties. If searching for a particular county, make sure that all the alternatives given in the drop-down list are examined.

Vernacular Architecture Group

The Vernacular Architecture Group was formed in 1952 to further the study of lesser traditional buildings. The Group has over 600 members, including some 50 overseas members, and a number of affiliated groups and exchanging societies. Membership is open to anyone interested in vernacular architecture. Members are involved in all aspects of the recording and study of vernacular buildings including detailed local or regional surveys, studies of particular types of buildings, building materials and techniques, documentary evidence and principles of development.

Other VAG collections include:

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VAG Membership Secretary
7 Out Westgate
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP33 3NZ