On the island of Crete, in the village of Vouves, stands an olive tree estimated to be 3,000 years old. Hearty and resilient, "the Olive Tree of Vouves" still bears fruit today. Because, yes, olives are apparently considered a fruit.
Archaeologist Ticia Verveer posted a picture of the tree on Twitter earlier this week and noted: It "stood here when Rome burned in AD64, and Pompeii was buried under a thick carpet of volcanic ash in AD79." That all happened during the tree's infancy alone.
An estimated 20,000 people now visit the tree each year.
1 The picture posted on twitter by Ticia Verveer:
12 Here is a 3D model of the tree:
Some facts about the tree:
The Monumental Olive Tree of Vouves, the oldest olive tree in the world, is undoubtedly a valuable piece of our cultural heritage. For this reason we decided to apply modern, cutting-edge technologies to accurately capture and record the trunk of the Monumental Olive Tree of Vouves.
A terrestrial laser scanner ILRIS 3D for the external and a Minolta Vivid 910 for internal scans were used. The final produced result is a complete three-dimensional model of the trunk of the Monumental Olive Tree of Vouves with a geometry accuracy of 0.5 cm. Furthermore the 3D model can provide:
- Detailed sections at any height with a 0,5 cm accuracy and calculation of external and internal diameter at any height. (See pictures above)
- Computation of the exact total volume of the trunk.
- Animated view of the 3D model
- 3D printing of a physical model of the trunk in a scale (last photo above)
Some indicative produced calculations are:
- Trunk volume: 4.67 m3
- Maximum outer diameter at a height of 1.3 m (DBH): 2.66 m
- Maximum internal diameter at a height of 1.3 m: 2.01 m
- Maximum outer diameter at a height of 0.9 m: 3.04 m
- Maximum internal diameter at a height of 0.9 m: 2.15 m
- Maximum distance between 2 points in the trunk at ground level: 3.95 m
14 Here is video of the tree: