Anthropology Magazine

What a Shipwreck’s Tree Rings Reveal
  • Decoded

    A close-up photo shows the cross section of a rectangular wooden plank that is light brown with swirls in the center and dark brown around the outside.

    What a Shipwreck’s Tree Rings Reveal

    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.