Radiocarbon dating of two old African baobabs from India

Autoři: Adrian Patrut aff001;  Arti Garg aff002;  Stephan Woodborne aff003;  Roxana T. Patrut aff001;  Laszlo Rakosy aff004;  Ileana Andreea Ratiu aff001;  Daniel A. Lowy aff005
Působiště autorů: Babeş-Bolyai University, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Cluj-Napoca, Romania aff001;  Botanical Survey of India, Central Regional Centre, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India aff002;  iThemba LABS, Johannesburg, South Africa aff003;  Babeş-Bolyai University, Faculty of Biology and Geology, Cluj-Napoca, Romania aff004;  Valor Hungariae, Deptartment of Science and Innovation, Budapest, Hungary aff005
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 15(1)
Kategorie: Research Article


The article presents the radiocarbon investigation of the baobab of Jhunsi, Allahabad and the Parijaat tree at Kintoor, two old African baobabs from northern India. Several wood samples extracted from these baobabs were analysed by using AMS radiocarbon dating. The radiocarbon date of the oldest samples were 779 ± 41 BP for the baobab of Jhunsi and 793 ± 37 BP for the baobab of Kintoor. The corresponding calibrated ages are 770 ± 25 and 775 ± 25 calendar years. These values indicate that both trees are around 800 years old and become the oldest dated African baobabs outside Africa.

Klíčová slova:

Africa – Archaeological dating – Historical archaeology – India – Indian Ocean – Radioactive carbon dating – Trees – Wood


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