Materials and Methods

The dendrochronological dating work

No recent tree-ring chronologies are available from the region of Maramures, this is therefore a pioneer work for the dendrochronologist. Samples had to be collected both from living trees and from younger buildings to be able to date the churches. But surprisingly when the first living tree-ring chronology had been established, covering the period 1997 to 1730, it gave quite high correlation with the South German Chronology and when two churches had been measured and the curves had been averaged they could be dated with the same chronology. The following chronologies have been established:

  • A living tree-ring chronology: 1720-1997 (10 samples)
  • Chronology from the Churches: 1406-1670 (50 samples)

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