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that provides the basic equipment for sampling and crossdating.
Conservators already use the erasers to keep the pages clean without risking damage, so all they have to do is keep the crumbs instead of brushing them off and then send them in for analysis.
It’s cheap, easy, risk-free and the sky’s the limit when it comes to the information that can be derived from the samples.
In comparison to other methods of absolute dating, the main benefit of dendrochronology still lies in the high temporal resolution of the results.