Michigan Archaeological Society Meeting Thursday, 4 February 2016

The Saginaw Valley Chapter of the Michigan Archaeological Society will be holding their February meeting next Thursday, the 4th, at the Castle Museum. Tim Bennett will be presenting on the process and results of the dendrochronological testing (tree-ring dating) done at the Warner Homestead in Brighton, Michigan. This promises to be a fascinating talk on a topic not often discussed in relation to Michigan archaeological sites. I am certainly looking forward to it! As always these meetings are open to the public and all who may be interested are encouraged to attend. The “official” meeting announcement is copied below. The accompanying photos were provided by Tim Bennett.

Warner House. Photo by Tim Bennett.

Warner House. Photo by Tim Bennett.

Photo by Tim Bennett

Photo by Tim Bennett

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, 500 Federal Ave,. Saginaw, MI 48607


Last year, the NRHP listed Warner Homestead located in Brighton, MI received much needed restoration to the exterior.  During the restoration process ten wood samples were collected specifically for dendrochronological analysis.  The samples, including three from a previously destroyed barn, were sent to the laboratory of tree-ring science at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.  Dendrochronological testing was needed to clarify ambiguity particularly from family stories and previously tested samples surrounding the construction date of the house and barns located on property first settled in 1841.  It also had the potential to shed light on the construction chronology of the house, particularly to determine dates of expansion.  Tim Bennett will present on the process/caveats of tree-ring analysis sampling as well the final results especially as it relates to significant archaeological research at the site.  His presentation will also include several interesting discoveries made during the restoration not typically found in an archaeological context.  A co-authored paper detailing the final analysis will appear in the peer-reviewed journal “Tree-Ring Research” slated to be published in 2017.  A sample set from the tens of thousands of 19th century artifacts recovered at the site will be made available for viewing.



  1. I have a very big oak tree in my yard and was looking for a way to tell how old it is..core sample ?? Saw on tv about Roanoake colony

    1. Kevin – Certainly a dendrochronologist could use an increment borer to get a core sample and accurately age the tree. A forestry professional may also be able to fairly accurately estimate the age of the tree based on it’s diameter and known (estimated) growth factor for the particular species.

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