ABSTRACT

New oak tree-ring chronologies for European Russia built with subfossil oak wood excavated from the alluvial deposits of the Zapadnaya Dvina (Daugava) River and archaeological samples from Novgorod and Vyazma are presented. They have been matched with the nearest absolutely dated tree-ring chronology constructed in Polotsk (Republic of Belarus) and dated to the periods AD 649–1382 (Zapadnaya Dvina), AD 1059–1386 (Novgorod), and AD 1074–1306 (Vyazma). Dates have been further confirmed via comparison with subfossil oaks from Smarhon (Republic of Belarus) and Baltic 1 chronology as well as by radiocarbon dating. Newly built medieval chronologies can be used for dating and provenancing of oak wood originating from archaeological sites and natural archives.

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