About Coralie Mills

Dendrochronicle is published by Coralie Mills BSc MA PhD FSAScot MIFA.


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SUMMARY CV                                         Tertiary Education and Qualifications Reading University 1978-81, BSc (Hons) (2.1) Environmental Plant Geography.   Sheffield University 1983-4, MA (Distinction) Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy.  Sheffield University 1985-8, PhD Thesis: Dendrochronology in Exeter and its Application.

Career Summary
From 1987 until 1992 I worked as a consultant environmental archaeologist to Historic Scotland. I joined AOC Archaeology in 1992 as manager of Post-Excavation Services and in 1997 became Executive Director. In latter years I was responsible for the strategic development of the company. I left AOC in June 2009 to pursue my research interests more fully.

My academic background is in environmental history/archaeology, palynology and especially dendrochronology. My research interests lie in the historic interface between humans and woodland, and in using dendrochronology not solely for heritage dating but also to reconstruct human impact on woodland and landscape, and to use this information to inform future management.

I co-directed (with Anne Crone of AOC) the Native Oak and Pine Dendrochronology Project, funded by Historic Scotland, now coming to publication in a series of journal papers (eg Scottish Forestry 2012 see below). Besides providing a dendrochronological dating service for archaeologists, I undertake commissioned studies on native woodland history with Peter Quelch (independent woodland advisor). Examples of recent projects include historic woodland surveys at Loch Katrine, Balgownie Wood in Fife and Callendar Wood in Falkirk, funded by Forestry Commission Scotland.

Research interests include the dendrochronology and historic uses of native Scots pine, involving collaboration with Dr Rob Wilson of University of St Andrews. From 2009, I became an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews (School of Geography & Geoscience).

Since 2009 I have been leading workshops, guided walks and woodland history events, some with my colleague Peter Quelch, a forester and expert in the history of native woodlands.

An active member of the Native Woodland Discussion Group, I have worked on its committee since 2009 and am delighted to have been elected its chairperson in 2012. I help Mairi Stewart, Professor Christopher Smout & Jonathan Wordsworth in organising the annual NWDG woodland history conference (previously known as the SWHDG conference).

Membership of Societies
Member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists (Committee member Scottish Group of IFA, 2002-4).
Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. (Council member, 2002-2005).
Native Woodland Discussion Group (Committee history rep, 2009- , Chair 2012-  ).
Member of Association for Environmental Archaeology; Archaeology Scotland; Council for British Archaeology.

Selected Bibliography
Mills, C M  1988  Dendrochronology in Exeter and its application. University of Sheffield: PhD Thesis.

Gilbertson, DD, Hawkins, AB, Mills, CM, Harkness, DD & Hunt, CO 1990 `The Late Devensian and Holocene of industrial Severnside and the Vale of Gordano: Stratigraphy, radiocarbon dating and palaeoecology’, Proc Ussher Soc 7 (3), 281-286.

Mills, CM 1992 `Dating short tree-ring sequences: An evaluation of three statistical procedures’, in O Eggertson (ed), Tree-Rings and Environment: Lund University, Dept. of Quaternary Geology, 225-229

Mills, CM, Crone, A, Edwards, KJ & Whittington, G 1994 `The excavation and environmental investigation of a sub-peat stone bank near Loch Portain, North Uist, Outer Hebrides’, Proc Soc Antiq Scot 124, 155-171.

Mills, CM & Coles, G (eds) 1998 On the edge: human settlement and marginality. Oxbow Monograph 100. Oxford: Oxbow Books (Association for Environmental Archaeology Symposia 13).  187pp.

Rees, T & Mills, C 1999 Bracken and archaeology: Technical Advice Note 17. Historic Scotland.

Mills, C M  2000  ‘Dendrochronology of oak timbers from historic buildings in St Andrews, Fife’, Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal 6, 200-210

Crone, A & Mills, C M  2002  ‘Seeing the wood and the trees; dendrochronological studies in Scotland’, Antiquity 76, 788-94

Mills, CM, Armit, I, Edwards, K J, Grinter, P & Mulder, Y  2004  ‘Neolithic land-use and environmental degradation: a study from the Western Isles of Scotland’, Antiquity 78, 886-895.

Mills, CM, Quelch, P & Stewart, M 2009 The evidence of tree forms, tree-rings and documented history around Bealach nam Bo, Loch Katrine. Report for Forestry Commission Scotland.

Fish, T, Wilson, R, Edwards, C, Mills, C, Crone, A, Kirchhefer, AJ, Linderholm, L, Loader, NJ and Wooley, E  2010  ‘Exploring for senescence signals in native Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) in the Scottish Highlands’, Forest Ecology and Management, 260: 321-330.

Mills, C M & Crone, A  2012  ‘Dendrochronological evidence for Scotland’s native timber resources over the last 1000 years’, Scottish Forestry 66, 18-33.

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