The radiocarbon dating results pinpoint the relic’s age to the fourth century AD - the time that some historians allege that St Nicholas died (around 343 AD).
The results suggest that the bones could in principle be authentic and belong to the saint.
E., Haraguchi, T., Gotanda, K., Yonenobu, H., Yokoyama, Y., Nakagawa, T.
E., Haraguchi, T., Gotanda, K., Yonenobu, H., Yokoyama, Y & Suigetsu 2006 project members.
The Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art (RLAHA) is a laboratory at the University of Oxford, England which develops and applies scientific methods to the study of the past.
It was established in 1955 and its first director was Teddy Hall.
Radiocarbon dating is the technique upon which chronologies of the late Pleistocene and Holocene have been built.
This resource is designed to provide online information concerning the radiocarbon dating method.
F., Tarasov, P., Yokoyama, Y., Haraguchi, T., Gotanda, K., Yonenobu, H., Hakagawa, T.
& Optically stimulated luminescence dating of single and multiple grains of quartz from perennially-frozen loess in western Yukon Territory, Canada: Comparison with radiocarbon chronologies for the late Pleistocene Dawson tephra Cuzange, M-T., Delqué-Kolic, E., Goszlar, T., Grootes, P. J., Oberlin, C., Paterne, M., van der Plicht, J., Bronk Ramsey, C., Valladas, H., Clottes, J.
Two current research grants are directed at improving the global datasets for radiocarbon calibration.
Over the last 15 years he has worked extensively on the application of Bayesian statistical methods to the study of chronology in both Archaeology and Quaternary environmental research.
The corresponding calibrated calendar age of the oldest sample was 1275 ± 50 years, making Grootboom the oldest known angiosperm tree with reliable dating results.