Institute of Archaeology


Dendrochronological dating of the Mary Rose

Various timbers on the ship have been dated, showing which were likely to be original to the 1510/11 build and which must have been refitted.

Recent work has investigated the likely geographical origins of the trees used - showing that some at least were likely to have come from East Anglia.

Related outputs

  • Bridge, M.C. (2012) Locating the origins of wood resources: a review of dendroprovenancing. Journal of Archaeological Science
  • Bridge, M.C. (2011) Resource exploitation and wood mobility in Northern European oak: dendroprovenancing individual timbers from the Mary Rose (1510/11-1545), International Journal of Nautical Archaeology Vol 40 (2), 417-423.
  • Dobbs, C. and Bridge, M (2008) Construction and Refits: Tree-Ring Dating the Mary Rose.  Chapter 19 in Marsden, P. (ed.) Your Noblest shippe. Mary Rose: anatomy of a Tudor warship. Portsmouth, Mary Rose Trust