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Sources of Chaco wood

Tree rings can pinpoint the source of wood as well as how old it is. This method has now been used to identify the sources of timber used by the Native Americans who constructed the pre-Columbian 'great houses' of Chaco Canyon.

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Figure 1: Great houses.

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Diamond, J. Sources of Chaco wood. Nature 529, 31–33 (2016).

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