Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society

The Newport Medieval Ship: dendrochronology, dating and provenance.

On Wednesday April 1, 2020
Professor Nigel Nayling, University of Wales Trinity Saint David Lampeter
Lecture

PLEASE NOTE:  this date is the first week in April 2020 and not the second week in the month as is usual for our talks.

During the dramatic discovery of the Newport Ship in 2002, the application of dendrochronology provided the first precise absolute dating for the timbers surrounding and within the ship, placing the ship’s arrival in Newport to after AD 1468.  The ship itself has now been dated against historic buildings in the hinterland of the Basque Country in Spain.  These discoveries have encouraged further research on other Iberian shipwrecks on the Atlantic seaboard of Europe also in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.