The bow of the Tyrolean Iceman: A dendrological investigation by computed tomography

  • W. Oberhuber
  • R. Knapp
Part of the The Man in the Ice book series (3262, volume 4)


Yearly tree-ring width sequences can be used for dendrochronological analysis, i.e., establishing the exact year in which each ring was formed (Stokes and Smiley, 1968; Baillie, 1982). This method has proved as a very useful dating tool in archaeological as well as ecological investigations (Creber, 1977). Measuring of tree-ring widths is traditionally carried out on cross-sections, which require some surface preparation before tree rings are readable (Schweingruber, 1988). For valuable wood samples (e.g., tools, vessels, wood-carvings from archaeological sites, art history) this method is not applicable.


Tree Ring Taxus Baccata Dendrochronological Analysis Medical Compute Tomography High Quality Compute Tomography 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Oberhuber
    • 1
  • R. Knapp
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für BotanikUniversität InnsbruckGermany
  2. 2.Abteilung für Röntgendiagnostik und ComputertomographieUniversitäts-Kliniken InnsbruckGermany

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