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Based on archaeological correlations between the Aegean, Egypt and the Levant, the eruption of Santorini was believed to have occurred around 1500 BCE, after the beginning of the New Kingdom in Egypt century is the charred wood from an olive branch found buried under the tephra at Santorini.
The assumption is that the latest wood cells formed near the bark represents the last year of growth, before being buried under the tephra, and the wood growth layers further away from the bark are older.
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We analyzed the radiocarbon concentrations in cross-sections from a modern olive tree trunk as well as from a living branch, and obtained near-annual resolution dates using the radiocarbon “bomb peak”.
In both cases we show that radiocarbon dates of the last formed wood along the circumference are not chronologically homogenous, and can differ by up to a few decades.