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14C BOMB PEAK ANALYSIS OF AFRICAN ELEPHANT TUSKS AND ITS RELATION TO CITES

  • Eva M Wild (a1), Walter Kutschera (a1), Annemarie Meran (a2) and Peter Steier (a1)

Abstract

We report on a case study of radiocarbon (14C) measurements applied to three pairs of tusks from African elephants, which were supposedly hunted in the 1960s in Tanzania and/or Kenya. The 14C results of 1.40 to 1.60 F14C fall into 14C bomb peak values between 1960 and 1975, thus confirming the suspected hunting time. Since the trading of ivory from African elephants killed after 1989 was banned by the international CITES convention, the investigated tusks are not affected by this ban.

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*Corresponding author. Email: eva.maria.wild@univie.ac.at.

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Selected Papers from the 23rd International Radiocarbon Conference, Trondheim, Norway, 17–22 June, 2018

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