Associate Professor of Dendrochronology and Anthropology, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona

Dr. Ronald H. Towner

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Ron Towner is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in dendroarchaeology and Early Navajo archaeology. He has more than 30 years experience in archaeology of the western United States, and has spent much of the past 25 years conducting dendroarchaeological research in the Southwest and Dinétah areas. He received his BA from Lewis & Clark College, his MA from Washington State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

Ron's research interests include Navajo archaeology and ethnogenesis, expanding dendrochronology and dendroarchaeology beyond the Southwest United States, conflict during the Protohistoric and Historic Periods, examining human/environment interaction at various temporal and spatial scales, and the social and behavioral consequences of the transition to pastoralism. Methodologically, he is exploring new tree-ring dating techniques, new field sampling and collection strategies, and delineating relationships between tree-ring dates, 14C dates, and thermoluminescence dates.

           

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Dr. Ron Towner from the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona, explains the principles behind dendrochronology and why this dating method is valuable to archaeologists. Ron demonstrates how to accurately count tree-rings, and discusses the importance of patterns and master chronologies.

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