Radiocarbon dating of a very large African baobab from Limpopo, South Africa : investigation of the Sagole Big Tree
Patrut, Roxana T.
Van Pelt, Robert
Lowy, Daniel A.
von Reden, Karl F.
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KeywordAMS radiocarbon dating; Adansonia digitata; Tropical trees; Ring-shaped structure; Age determination; False cavity
The article reports the AMS (accelerator mass spectrometry) radiocarbon dating results of Sagole Big tree, a giant African baobab from Limpopo, South Africa. Several wood samples were collected from the walls of its inner cavity and dated by radiocarbon. The age values along the cavity samples increase with the distance into the wood. This anomaly shows that the cavity is a false one. The oldest sample segment had a radiocarbon date of 781 ± 29 BP, which corresponds to a calibrated age of 740 ± 15 yr. We estimate that the oldest part of the Sagole baobab has an age of 800-900 yr. We determined that the tree has a closed ring-shaped structure, which consists of a large unit with six fused stems and of two additional leaning stems.
Author Posting. © Studia Chemia, 2017. This article is posted here by permission of Studia Chemia for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai, Seria Chemia 62, no. 2, Tom 2 (2017): 355-364, doi:10.24193/subbchem.2017.2.28.
Suggested CitationArticle: Patrut, Adrian, Patrut, Roxana T., Van Pelt, Robert, Lowy, Daniel A., Forizs, Edit, Bodis, Jeno, Margineanu, Dragos, von Reden, Karl F., "Radiocarbon dating of a very large African baobab from Limpopo, South Africa : investigation of the Sagole Big Tree", Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai, Seria Chemia 62, no. 2, Tom 2 (2017): 355-364, DOI:10.24193/subbchem.2017.2.28, https://hdl.handle.net/1912/9442
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