Culturally peeled trees handbook
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Marcy Reiser; Laurie S. Huckaby
Publication Year: Unknown

Cataloging Information

  • archaeology
  • cultural resources
  • dendrochronology
  • fire scars
  • human impacts
Record Maintained By:
Record Last Modified: December 13, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 16548


This guide was developed to help identify Culturally Peeled Trees. Culturally Peeled Trees are a specific type of Culturally Modified Tree. The term is used to describe the mostly pre-reservation practice by aboriginal or native people of 'peeling,' or removing, the bark/cambium layer of a tree for a variety of procurement and symbolic purposes. The bark peel results in a very distinctive scar and heal-over which is distinguishable from other natural and human-caused injuries to the tree. Using tree-ring analysis, these scars can be crossdated, providing us with an invaluable record of the past including very precise dates -even seasonality- about when people were present on the land.

Online Link(s):
Link to this document (8.2 MB; pdf)
Reiser, Marcy; Huckaby, Laurie S. Culturally peeled trees handbook. 18 p.