Aoife Daly is the principal investigator of the project Northern Europe’s Timber Resource—Chronology, Origin, and Exploitation. This project builds a multidisciplinary team to analyze the material and written evidence for timber usage over six centuries (1100–1700). The region of origin of timber is being analyzed using several scientific methods, some of which are experimental. Identifying the timber source and the timber destination and using the high precision dating that dendrochronology provides, she studies the changes, through time, in the availability and exploitation of this essential resource.
In 1629, the Batavia, a ship of the Dutch East India Company, met disaster off the coast of Australia. A new analysis of the shipwreck’s tree rings uncovers how such vessels were built to advance European colonialism.