Khirbet qeiyafa: Absolute chronology

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Abstract

Based on averaging four radiocarbon determinations, Garfinkel and Ganor (2009) have dated the Iron Age layer at Khirbet Qeiyafa to ca. 1025–975 BCE and declared the demise of the Low Chronology for the Iron Age strata in the Levant. We show that in the case of Khirbet Qeiyafa averaging is not a legitimate procedure. The five available measurements represent the life-span of the site rather than a single event. With the available data, all one can say is that activity at the site started ca. 1050 BCE and ended sometime during the 10th century, no later than 915 BCE. The Khirbet Qeiyafa 14 C determinations line up with the large number of measurements from late Iron I sites in both the north and south of Israel and support the Low Chronology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-88
Number of pages5
JournalTel Aviv
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2010

Keywords

  • IRON AGE
  • KHIRBET QEIYAFA
  • LATE IRON I
  • LOW CHRONOLOGY
  • RADIOCARBON DATING

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