Radiocarbon dating the Iron Age in the Levant: A Bayesian model for six ceramic phases and six transitions

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Abstract

The Bayesian model presented in this article is the first attempt to produce a chronological framework for the Iron Age in the Levant, using radiocarbon dating alone. The model derives from 339 determinations on 142 samples taken from 38 strata at 18 sites. The framework proposes six ceramic phases and six transitions which cover c. 400 years, between the late twelfth and mid eighth centuries BC. It furnishes us with a new scientific backbone for the history of Iron Age Levant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-385
Number of pages12
JournalAntiquity
Volume84
Issue number324
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2010

Keywords

  • Bayesianmodel
  • Biblical History
  • Chronology debate
  • Iron Age
  • Levant
  • Radiocarbon dating

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