The quote is from the Nature of Middle Earth p39.
since that is only - we being in 1960 of the 7th Age - 16000 years ago: total about 80,000
It appears the editor dates the text from 1960 A.D. according to this statement, which means, either there's some unknown text that equates 0 A.D. to the beginning of the 7th Age, or the year 1960 A. D. only happened to be in the 7th Age and was not necessarily connected with the 1960th year of the 7th Age.
I personally prefer the latter, and I'm eager to know what other readers think about this.
In a letter from 1958, Tolkien noted:
I imagine we are actually at the End of the Sixth Age, or in the Seventh.
So if Tolkien meant by 1960 A.D. he was in the 7th Age, the statements agree with each other.
But if Tolkien meant he was in the 1960th year of the 7th Age, he was certainly not at the end of the 6th Age in 1958, and the editor would be wrong to date the text 1960 A.D. - unless of course, this isn't the "explicit statement"(p33) that's mentioned by the editor.