A DOOR IN USE IN TALLINN APPEARED TO BE OVER 600 YEARS OLD

Alar Läänelaid, Aoife Daly, Tomasz Ważny, Kristof Haneca, Andres Uueni, Kristina Sohar

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Abstract

In a medieval tower in the Tallinn Old Town wall there is a wooden internal door that was suspected of being rather old. The age of the door was determined using dendrochronology. It was possible to measure tree rings from the lower ends of the oak planks of the door. Matching the ring-width series with oak references from northern Europe revealed that the door was over 600 years old, and still in place in medieval Bremen Tower in Tallinn, Estonia. The ring-width series of the door was most similar to oak chronology from the Daugava River. However, this does not mean that the door timbers originate from that region. At present, we do not possess Estonian oak chronologies extending back to that time. Thus, the provenance of the oak for this door remains undecided. The dendrochronological date of the door, AD 1394–1411, can be confirmed and can be narrowed by documentary evidence to AD 1400–1410

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-92
Number of pages14
JournalBaltic Journal of Art History
Volume21
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bremen tower
  • Dendrochronology
  • Door
  • Oak
  • Tree rings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • History

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