Radiocarbon dating of the historic Livingstone Tree at Chiramba, Mozambique
Patrut, Roxana T.
Slater, Michael J.
Lowy, Daniel A.
von Reden, Karl F.
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KeywordAMS radiocarbon dating; Adansonia digitata; tropical trees; age determination; closed ring-shaped structure; false cavity
The article reports the AMS (accelerator mass spectrometry) radiocarbon dating results of the Livingstone Tree, a large African baobab on the right bank of the Zambezi, near Chiramba, Mozambique. In 1858, David Livingstone, who discovered the baobab, carved his monogram on the walls of its inner cavity. In 1996, the historic baobab was uprooted when a cyclone struck the area. Several wood fragments were extracted from the remains of the toppled tree. Five samples which originate from these fragments were subsequently dated by radiocarbon. The oldest sample had a radiocarbon date of 1598 ± 17 BP, that corresponded in 1996 to a calibrated age of 1490 ± 35 calendar years. According to this value, the Livingstone Tree at Chiramba becomes one of the oldest known African baobabs, with an age of over 1500 years. The Livingstone Tree had a closed ring-shaped structure, that consisted of 4 fused stems around a false cavity and also 2 additional stems outside the ring.
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Suggested CitationPatrut, A., Patrut, R. T., Slater, M. J., Rakosy, L., Lowy, D. A., & Von Reden, K. F. (2020). Radiocarbon dating of the historic Livingstone Tree at Chiramba, Mozambique. Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai Chemia, 65(3), 149-156.
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