Author : Brelsford, K. Date : 2004. Title : Dendroarchaeological and contextural investigations of remote log structures in Jasper, Banff and Kootenay National Parks. Publication : Unpublished MSc. thesis. University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C. Issue : Page(s) :
The aim of this thesis is to undertake a comprehensive dendroarchaeological assessment of 35 sites (44 log structures) in Jasper, Banff, and Kootenay National Parks. Through tree-ring analysis and investigations of relevant documents (ie. archives and interviews), three main objectives are met: 1) an exploration of remote construction activity in the three Parks, in terms of temporal, functional and geographical distributions, and species selection; 2) a detailed dendroarchaeological investigation of three structure case studies; and 3) an architectural inventory and tree-ring analysis of sampled structures in the three Parks. The results provide new insights into remote construction activity from the late-nineteenth to early-twentieth century in the three Parks. It assists Parks Canada in their attempt to interpret the cultural heritage resources of this area and contributes to the international need to document and explore vernacular architecture.