Marta Domínguez-Delmás

Marta Domínguez-Delmás
University of Amsterdam | UVA · Department of Art History

PhD

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Introduction
I am a tree-ring scientist with a multidisciplinary background in Forestry Engineering and Cultural Heritage. My passion is to use tree rings in wood from the cultural heritage to understand how humans have used and managed timber resources since ancient times. Timber dating, provenancing methods, historic timber trade and transport, deforestation, non-invasive methods, and human-environment interactions are some of the keywords that define my line of research (dendroarchaeology).

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Publications (48)
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The marking and branding of oak panel painting supports is a well-known practice in art-production centers of the Southern Netherlands, such as Antwerp in the 16th and 17th centuries. Conversely, information about the activities and regulations of 17th-century panel makers in the Northern Netherlands is scant and has hitherto never been thoroughly...
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Dendroprovenancing provides critical information regarding the origin of wood, allowing further insights into economic exploitation strategies and source regions of timber products. Traditionally, dendroprovenancing relies on pattern-matching of tree rings, but its spatial resolution is limited by the geographical coverage of species-specific chron...
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Long-term records of tree-ring width (TRW), latewood maximum density (MXD) and blue intensity (BI) measurements on conifers have been largely used to develop high-resolution temperature reconstructions in cool temperate forests. However, the potential of latewood blue intensity (LWBI), less commonly used earlywood blue intensity (EWBI), and delta (...
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During dredging works in the Ribadeo estuary (Northwest Spain) in 2011, a large and well-preserved shipwreck was discovered. Construction features suggested a date for the ship in the late sixteenth century, making this wreck a remarkable find for Spanish heritage, as it is one of the best-preserved shipwrecks from that time ever found in Spanish w...
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The case study of the eighteenth-century Spanish frigate Santa Maria Magdalena constitutes one of the opportunities given to the ForSEAdiscovery project team to approach the subject of shipbuilding and timber supply in the Iberian Empires of the early modern age, in an interdisciplinary way, through the combination of efforts of three different dis...
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Although variations in building activity are a useful indicator of societal well-being and demographic development, historical datasets for larger regions and longer periods are still rare. Here, we present 54,045 annually precise dendrochronological felling dates from historical construction timber from across most of Europe between 1250 and 1699...
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In the Iberian Peninsula, tree-ring research on shipwrecks started in the 2000s by the authors with the aims of identifying shipwrecks as Atlantic–Iberian-built vessels, studying the organization of timber supply, and refining our understanding of the development of shipbuilding along the Iberian–Atlantic coast during the Early Modern Period. This...
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Ocean-going ships were key to rising maritime economies of the Early Modern period, and understanding how they were built is critical to grasp the challenges faced by shipwrights and merchant seafarers. Shipwreck timbers hold material evidence of the dynamic interplay of wood supplies, craftmanship, and evolving ship designs that helped shape the E...
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Dating the wood from historical art objects is a crucial step to ascertain their production time, and support or refute attribution to an artist or a workshop. Dendrochronology is commonly used for this purpose but requires access to the tree-ring pattern in the wood, which can be hindered by preparatory layers, polychromy, wax, or integrated frame...
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Dendrochronology is an essential tool to determine the date and provenance of wood from historical art objects. As standard methods to access the tree rings are invasive, X-ray computed tomography (CT) has been proposed for non-invasive dendrochronological investigation. While traditional CT can provide clear images of the inner structure of wooden...
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Studying the wood of art objects such as sculptures, panel paintings and furniture can be crucial to elucidate their chronology and production centre. Here we present an approach that considers the provenance of the wood and its potential availability in different areas as a means to identify the provenance of wooden art objects. We illustrate this...
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Historic furniture has a great ethnographic and historical value, as styles and designs responded to specific uses, fashion trends and the social status of the buyer or the commissioner. Placing it in an exact chronological and geographical production context increases our knowledge about preferences for materials, designs, and woodworking practice...
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Studies on the provenance of wood for shipbuilding contribute widely to the fields of archaeology, anthropology, environmental history, cultural geography, and palaeoclimatology. The development of reference datasets to determine the date and provenance of shipwreck timbers is therefore a paramount undertaking. Here we compile and present recent ad...
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During the winter of 2013/14 a number of violent storms and related surges exposed a remarkable shipwreck site-tentatively dated to the early or mid-16th century-containing a timber assemblage, hundreds of pewter plates and other artefacts on Belinho beach, near Esposende in the north of Portugal. An international team was assembled including archa...
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The case study of the 18th-century Spanish frigate Santa Maria Magdalena constitutes one of the opportunities given to the ForSEAdiscovery (“Forest resources for Iberian Empires: Ecology and Globalization in the Age of Discovery” - Marie Curie Actions Initial Training Network) project team to approach the subject of shipbuilding and timber supply i...
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During dredging works in the Ribadeo estuary of northwest Spain, in 2011, a large and well-preserved shipwreck was discovered. Construction features suggested a date for the ship in the late 16th century, making this wreck a remarkable find for Spanish heritage, as it is one of the best-preserved shipwrecks from that time ever found in Spanish wate...
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Wood has been ubiquitous, widely available and multipurpose raw material used trough History for crafting from individual possessions and utilitarian utensils as well as for building dwellings and other kind of buildings, or even for making means of transport-such carts, sleds, boats, etc.-, carving sculptures and figures, etc. Crafting wood involv...
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The application of tree-ring research to the study of cultural heritage has seen important conceptual and methodological developments in the 21st century. Following the breakthrough discovery in the 1980s of the importation of timber from the south-eastern Baltic to the Low Countries for panel paintings, the historical timber trade acquired paramou...
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Dendroprovenancing studies frequently use site chronologies to identify the origin of archaeological and historical timber. However, radial growth (tree-ring width, TRW) of tree species is influenced by both local and regional climate scales. Here we investigate how the use of annually-resolved Blue Intensity (BI) measurements can enhance dendropro...
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In this article, we provide practical and straightforward guidance for the selection and sampling of shipwreck timbers for dendrochronological research. We outline sampling strategies and present informative figures that illustrate how to proceed in a variety of scenarios that archaeologists regularly encounter. However, in order to fully exploit t...
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Key message We sampled Pinus nigra cones in 29 trees in an age range of 90 to 725 years. The mother tree age did not significantly influence the pinecone or pine seed size, seed germination capacity, or plant size or vigor displayed during the first year of growth in the nursery. Context Pinus nigra Arn. ssp. salzmannii is a long-lived Mediterrane...
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We present the results of dendroarchaeological investigations carried out on roof structures from two historic buildings in the Andalusian region (south of Spain). The Jaen cathedral, and the Colegial del Salvador church in Seville were both built on the sites of medieval mosques after centuries of using the Islamic buildings for Christian worship....
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Resumen Las Sierras de Cazorla-Segura han proporcionado madera de Pinus nigra para la construcción de edificios y barcos desde al menos la Edad Media. La madera se bajaba por el río Guadalquivir y sus afluentes hacia ciudades como Úbeda, Córdoba o Sevilla, donde puede encontrarse en edificios históricos. A pesar de los aprovechamientos de madera re...
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The unique position of dendrochronology at the nexus of archeology, ecology, and climatology allows it to play a pivotal role in the study of past human-environment interactions. Yet, few tree-ring studies in Europe and eastern North America have been used to study pre-industrial land-use changes, forest ecology, and carbon dynamics and thus to con...
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Combined dendrochronological and archival research revealed the history of construction and subsequent repairs to the roof structures of Segovia Cathedral, the last gothic cathedral built in Spain. Although this iconic building has been extensively documented by different scholars, the completion date of the 16th century original sacristy was uncer...
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We report the results of dendrochronological research of timbers from the Delta 3 shipwreck (Cádiz, NW Spain), which was researched within the scope of the ForSEAdiscovery project. In Zenodo we also provide the tree-ring dataset (ring widths) obtained from the samples (in Heidelberg format) and an excel file with the metadata of all the samples. Pl...
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Report on the dendrochronological potential of 15 timbers from the Belinho shipwreck, a group of shiptimbers and associated artefacts that washed ashore during the winter of 2013-2014 at Praia do Belinho, in Esposende, north of Portugal. Analyses were done at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), under the Marie Curie ITN ForSEAdiscovery...
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Significance Twenty-first-century North Atlantic tropical cyclone (TC) projections are crucial for the development of adaptation and mitigation strategies, but they are subject to large uncertainties, particularly with respect to TC response to radiative forcing. We used a combination of tree-ring data and historical shipwreck data to show that TC...
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We report the results of dendrochronological research of timbers from the Delta II shipwreck (Cadiz, Spain), which was researched within the scope of the ForSEAdiscovery project. In Zenodo we also provide the tree-ring dataset (ring widths) obtained from the samples (in Heidelberg format) and an excel file with the metadata of all the samples. Plea...
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This thesis is devoted to review, assess and validate the potential of dendroarchaeology in the Iberian Peninsula, to define strategies for its future development and implementation in this territory, and to illustrate the importance of its application in the study of cultural heritage made of wood. To accomplish these main goals, a review of the c...
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We report the results of dendrochronological investigations of timbers from the Delta I shipwreck (Cadiz, S Spain), which was researched within the scope of the ForSEAdiscovery project. In Zenodo we also provide the tree-ring dataset (ring widths) obtained from the samples (in Heidelberg format) and an Excel file with the metadata of all the sample...
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In the Iberian Peninsula, the application of dendrochronology to the study of shipwrecks has taken great momentum in recent years thanks to the collaboration between national and international multidisciplinary groups. This paper presents the potential of this science to provide, beyond a dendrochronological dating, information about the relationsh...
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Durante la ejecución de un dragado en el Puerto de Ribade, Lugo, fue localizado el pecio de un buque. Tras un estudio preliminar, s epudo identificar como un pecio de origen ibérico, datado a finales del siglo XVI. La excepcionalidad del hallazgo, en el fondo arenoso de una ría, protegido de los temporales del Cantábrico, ha permitido la conservaci...
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This report includes the results of the inspection and wood identification of ship timbers from the Ria de Aveiro F shipwreck, which were stored at the former Divisão de Arqueologia Náutica e Subaquática, Instituto de Gestão do Património Arquitectónico e Arqueológico (DANS/IGESPAR) in Lisbon. This research was carried out within the scope of the N...
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In southern Spain, the Cazorla Mountains (500–2,100 m a.s.l.) have supplied construction timber from black pine (Pinus nigra Arn.) for buildings and ships since at least the Middle Ages. To establish the age and provenance of wooden cultural heritage originating from this area, well-replicated long-span chronologies are nee-ded. Old-living trees oc...
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In southern Spain, the Cazorla Mountains (500–2,100 m a.s.l.) have supplied construction timber from black pine (Pinus nigra Arn.) for buildings and ships since at least the Middle Ages. To establish the age and provenance of wooden cultural heritage originating from this area, well-replicated long-span chronologies are needed. Old-living trees occ...
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As part of a larger project promoting the development of historical dendrochronology in the Iberian Peninsula, ship-timbers from the Arade 1 wreck (mostly planking and framing elements), stored at the DANS/IGESPAR in Lisbon, were examined. Of these, 52 samples were identified as deciduous oak (Quercus subg. quercus) and two as chestnut (Castanea sa...
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In 2008, an archaeological excavation on a site near Barcelona's Port Vell made it possible to study and locate an important area of the city's mediaeval port, including the dock built in 1477 and a shipwreck with a clinker-built hull. This article examines the Barceloneta I shipwreck from different viewpoints based on palynological, dendrochronolo...
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The aim of this study is to provide insights into the timber supply of the city of Groningen (northeast Netherlands) in the Early Modern period by means of dendrochronological and historical research. An archaeological excavation undertaken along the former Damsterdiep Canal in the eastern part of the city provided an opportunity to archaeologicall...
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Plant growth in Mediterranean landscapes is limited by the typical summer-dry climate. Forests in these areas are only marginally productive and may be quite susceptible to modern climate change. To improve our understanding of forest sensitivity to annual and seasonal climatic variability, we use tree-ring measurements of two Mediterranean evergre...
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In the Low Countries, wood originating from distant geographical areas can be found above and below ground in structures such as shipwrecks, buildings and works of art. From the late Middle Ages onwards, wood for constructions and shipbuilding was imported on regular bases. Dutch and Flemish merchants imported timber not only into their own country...

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To study the production of art objects made from oak (Quercus sp.) in the Low Countries from the 15th to the 18th centuries, combining non-invasive dendrochronology (X-ray computed tomography) and technical art history.
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To develop a dataset of long-span tree-ring chronologies from oak and pine originating from different areas in Iberia that supplied timber for shipbuilding from the 16th to the 18th centuries.
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The overall goal was to improve the assessment of wooden heritage from the Iberian Peninsula. Specific objectives were: - building up an international multidisciplinary research network (archaeologists, dendrochronologists, conservators, historians) - cataloguing existing dendrochronological data from Spain and Portugal; - designing strategies for further chronology compilation. - illustrating the potential of dendrochronology in the Iberian Peninsula through selected case studies (developing long-span chronologies form living trees; researching built heritage, shipwrecks, and art-historical objects).