Ancient Tree Possibly Found in Indiana, 6,000+ years old

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Ancient Tree Possibly Found in Indiana, 6,000+ years old

EDINBURGH, Ind. - A large oak tree dug up last summer in a gravel pit could be 6,000 years old or more and might have been entombed by a glacier during the last ice age, scientists say.

Researchers at three universities, including Hillsdale College in Michigan, are awaiting radiocarbon test results to pinpoint the age of the tree, which a southern Indiana dredge operator found under 40 feet of sand and gravel.

But there's more than scientific knowledge at stake.

The owner of a lumber mill now treating some of the chocolate-colored wood with chemicals said it could command top dollar for fine furniture or plaques if it can be properly preserved.

Amos-Hill Associates mill President Richard Wertz said the tree inspires awe. When it was found at Lee's Ready Mix County Materials gravel pit near Brownstown, 60 miles south of Indianapolis, its root crown and much of the bark was still intact.

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Thats an old tree at least 6,000 years old.
By YCON: posted on 18-2-2006

wow facinating, over here they regularly pull 1000 year old trees out of swamps and turn them into furniture.
By netchicken: posted on 18-2-2006








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