Nuclear physicists from Turkey’s Ankara University have used the luminescene method to decide the age of an ancient olive tree in Mugla province.

Tests have shown that the ancient olive tree which is located in the Milas district of Mugla was planted around three millennia ago.

Director of the Institute of Nuclear Sciences of Ankara University Niyazi Meric has said that the study has caused excitement and that a multi-country conference on luminescence would be held in Turkey in 2021.

Meric went on to explain that the age of a tree could also be determined by counting its rings, however, he said that this would be problematic as the tree in Milas is still alive.

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