Late helladic to middle geometric aegean and contemporary cypriot chronologies: A radiocarbon view from the levant

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Abstract

The article proposes a radiocarbon-based dating scheme for the entire Aegean ceramic se-quence, from the Late Helladic IIIB2 to the Middle Geometric II, with implications for the Late Cypriot IIC to Cypro-Geometric III ceramic phases. It accomplishes this by exercising "chronol-ogy by proxy"-that is, turning to radiocarbon-dated strata in the Levant that produced Aegean, Aegean-related, and corresponding Cypriot pottery items that represent most of the Late Hel-ladic IIIB-Middle Geometric sequence. The article describes these contexts in the Levant and the above-mentioned items found in them, and then reports the results of a radiocarbon Bayesian model for their dating. The dates presented here support, with a few adjustments, the Conven-tional Aegean Chronology (Low Chronology in Levantine terms), in line with a recent radiocar-bon dating of the Sub-Mycenaean/Early Proto-Geometric transition according to samples from Greece, as well as other models for the Iron Age in the Levant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-48
Number of pages24
JournalBulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
Volume373
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2015

Keywords

  • Aegean
  • Cypro-geometric
  • Geometric
  • Late Bronze and iron age chronology
  • Late Cypriot
  • Late Helladic III
  • Levant
  • Proto-Geometric
  • Radiocarbon dating
  • Sub-Mycenaean

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