Turkish scientists determine age of centuries-old tree
Laboratory tests revealed that the tree in the Milas district of Muğla province was planted in the region some three millennia ago.
Niyazi Meriç, director of the Institute of Nuclear Sciences of Ankara University at country's capital, told Anadolu Agency that the study caused excitement in the scientific world.
"The article-writing process is ongoing before we announce the results of the study to the international community," Meriç said, adding that an international consortium had announced that multi-country conference on luminescence would be held in Turkey in 2021.
Meriç added that the age of a fossilized tree could also be determined by counting its rings or using the Carbon 14 method.
But he stressed that these methods would be problematic for the tree in Milas as it is still alive.