Radiocarbon-dating the late bronze age: Cultural and historical considerations on megiddo and beyond

Mario A.S. Martin, Israel Finkelstein, Eli Piasetzky

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Abstract

Megiddo, with its tight stratigraphy and well-controlled ceramic typology, yielded more than half of the radiocarbon determinations for the time span of the Middle Bronze II to the Iron I in the southern Levant. Here we present two radiocarbon models for this entire sequence, focusing on the Late Bronze Age—1) for Megiddo; 2) for Megiddo and Beth-Shean—adding a third model for sites which provide results relevant to the Middle Bronze III/Late Bronze I transition. We then discuss the impact of the results on the material culture and history of Megiddo in particular and the southern Levant (and eastern Mediterranean) in general.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-240
Number of pages30
JournalBulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
Volume384
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2020

Funding

FundersFunder number
Shmunis Family Foundation
Vivian and Norman Belmonte
Dan David Prize

    Keywords

    • Aegean
    • Beth-Shean
    • Cyprus
    • Egypt
    • Late Bronze Age
    • Megiddo
    • Middle Bronze–Late Bronze transition
    • Southern Levant

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