Arboreal archaeology and early Navajo land use

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Arboreal archaeology is the use of tree-ring data to examine past human exploitation of forest resources. Arboreal archaeology can identify how and when past groups procured wood for artifact manufacture, medicine, fuel, and construction timbers. More importantly, dendroarchaeological sampling of these non-site resources can significantly enhance our understanding of past land use patterns. This research shows the utility of the arboreal archaeological record in understanding early Navajo land use in northwestern New Mexico, USA, and suggests archaeologists should promote wider application of the research on these endangered parts of the archaeological record.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)342-350
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


  • Arboreal archaeology
  • Dendroarchaeology
  • Navajo
  • Tree-ring dating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology


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