Timber for Vasa

Author(s): Aoife M Daly

Year: 2018


Purchase records show that timber for the building of Vasa was bought in Småland (Sweden’s eastern region), Königsberg (now Kaliningrad) and Amsterdam.

Extensive dendrochronological/dendroprovenance analysis is currently underway of the timber of Vasa, to determine the provenance of the trees used, to find out:

How much timber was brought to Stockholm for Vasa from these different sources and where were they used in the ship?

Which timbers came from Småland, and what proportion of the timber could be supplied from here?

What kind of timber was coming from the Southern Baltic region, and can we pinpoint the source?

If timber was bought in Amsterdam for Vasa, where was this timber actually harvested?

Already very interesting results are emerging.

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 677152).

Cite this Record

Timber for Vasa. Aoife M Daly. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441950)


Dendroprovenance timber trade

Geographic Keywords
Denmark Western Europe

Temporal Keywords

Spatial Coverage

min long: 8.093; min lat: 54.562 ; max long: 15.138; max lat: 57.736 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 237