In L. Frank Baum's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, Santa Claus is a mortal human who is gifted an artifact granting immortality by a council of immortal beings on account of his unprecedented kindness toward children.
The world was new in the days when dear old Santa Claus first began toy-making and won, by his loving deeds, the Mantle of Immortality. And the task of supplying cheering words, sympathy and pretty playthings to all the young of his race did not seem a difficult undertaking at all. But every year more and more children were born into the world, and these, when they grew up, began spreading slowly over all the face of the earth, seeking new homes....
(Old Age, Ch. 2)
This passage, along with others in the rest of the book, seem to indicate that Santa's mortal life was quite a long time ago from the perspective of 1902, when the book was published.
Is there any indication of specifically how long ago Santa Claus's mortal life was? Medieval times? Era of classical Rome? Time of the Sumerians? Bronze Age? Neolithic? Paleolithic? Before humans left Africa? The passage above seems to indicate that humans had not yet settled all parts of the globe by the time of Santa's transformation, so that seems to place a date in the early second millennium AD (e.g. AD 1200, AD 1300), when humans were still settling the South Pacific, as the latest reasonable date, but it feels like the date is supposed to be a lot earlier than that.
Is there anything in the story itself, any of its adaptations, any of Baum's other works, or any other Oz universe works that indicates how old Santa Claus really is?