ForSEAdiscovery - Application of ecological wood anatomy for provenancing oak and pine wood from Atlantic Iberia.
Unprecedented demands on Iberian oak and pine forests led by increase of ships building in the Age of Discovery (16th to 18th centuries) caused intensive forest logging practices over Iberian Peninsula.
We study xylem structure of Iberian pine and oak species intensively used for shipbuilding, to accomplish already existing time-series and use them for provenancing of ship timber. State-of-the-art approaches will be used to build long time-series from anatomical features and to compute site specific wood-anatomical markers for each study site. Analyses of ship timber will be carried out following the same approach. Provenancing will be done by statistic comparison of time series gained from ship timber with existing and newly developed reference records built up in this study. In addition, samples from living trees and shipwrecks will undergo genetic analyses in order to identify species used for specific parts of the ships.
With Linar Akhmetzyanov, Jan den Ouden & Frits Mohren and colleagues from Spain, Portugal, France, Great Britain.