Combining dendrochronology and radiocarbon dating at the Late Medieval site of Sant’Alvise, Venice, Italy

Submitted: 24 December 2013
Accepted: 24 December 2013
Published: 19 February 2014
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  • Nicoletta Martinelli Dendrodata s.a.s., Verona, Italy.
  • John Meadows Zentrum für Baltische und Skandinavische Archäologie, Schleswig, Germany.
  • Erio Valzolgher 3Ricerche Archeologiche s.n.c./Archäologische Untersuchungen O.H.G., Bressanone-Brixen (BZ), Italy.
  • Olivia Pignatelli Dendrodata s.a.s., Verona, Italy.
  • Laura Anglani Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici per il Veneto, Nucleo Archeologia Umida Subacquea Italia Centro Alto Adriatico – NAUSICAA, Scientific Division, Venice, Italy.
  • Bernd Kromer Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, Institut für Umweltphysik, Universität Heidelberg, Germany.
The excavation of a series of wooden structures, built to reclaim land on Venice’s northwestern edge, provided an opportunity, using Bayesian chronological modeling, to combine precise dendrochronological and radiocarbon dating results with floating tree-ring chronologies, artifactual dating and stratigraphic evidence. Our model indicates that the first structure was built in the early AD 1340s, the second in the early AD 1370s, and the reclaimed area was extended again within about a decade of cal AD 1400. The dates of these building episodes bracket the deposition of important pottery assemblages, including imports from Spain and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Supporting Agencies

the authors wish to gratefully acknowledge the Municipality of Venice for funding the dendrochronological and radiocarbon dating

Martinelli, N., Meadows, J., Valzolgher, E., Pignatelli, O., Anglani, L., & Kromer, B. (2014). Combining dendrochronology and radiocarbon dating at the Late Medieval site of Sant’Alvise, Venice, Italy. Open Journal of Archaeometry, 2(1).


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