Many Dutch buildings were built on wooden foundation piles. During the last decennia problems arose with bacterial degradation of the piles.
Within the EU project BACPOLES the age and origin of pine and spruce wood from foundations of historic buildings was determined. In order to check whether local or imported wood was used several 200-year long pine chronologies have been built up for the Netherlands. Oak and pine chronologies from North- and Central Europe have been used for dating and Dendroprovenancing.
- Dr. R. Klaassen, SHR timber research
- C. Baittinger, National Museum of Denmark
- T. Vernimmen, BotanicAll, Amsterdam
- Klaassen, R.K.W.M.; Overeem, B.S. van (2012) Factors that influence the speed of bacterial wood degradation. Journal of Cultural Heritage 13(3):S129-S134 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.culher.2012.02.016
- Sass-Klaassen, U.; Vernimmen, T.; Baittinger, C. (2008) Dendrochronological dating and provenancing of timber used as foundation piles under historic buildings in The Netherlands. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation 61 (1). - p. 96 - 105.
- Klaassen, R.; Eaton, R.; Lamersdorf, N. (2008) Editorial. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation 61 (1).-p. 1-2
- Morales Andrés, M. (2003). Construction of long tree-ring chronologies of Pinus sylvestris from the Netherlands for dendrochronological dating and dendrochronological research. (supervision: Bauwens, Sass-Klaassen)
- Overeem, B. van (2009). The effect of time, water and wood characteristics on bacterial degradation in wooden foundation piles. (supervision: Sass-Klaassen, in cooperation with Klaassen/SHR)