Anonymous
Re: A Radiocarbon Chronology For the Middle Bronze Age
Thu Aug 10, 2017 13:29
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This is the conclusion given in Höflmayer | A Radiocarbon Chronology for the Middle Bronze Age Southern Levant

"CONCLUSIONS
In this paper, we presented a thorough review of current radiocarbon data for the Middle Bronze southern Levant. Based on the evidence outlined above we argue for the following absolute dates:

START
MIDDLE
BRONZE I c. 2000/1900 BCE late 11th/early 12th Dynasty

TRANSITION
MIDDLE
BRONZE I/II c. 1850/1800 BCE mid-/late 12th Dynasty

TRANSITION
MIDDLE
BRONZE II/III c. 1700 BCE mid-13th Dynasty

START
LATE
BRONZE AGE c. 1600 BCE mid-/late 15th Dynasty


These dates should be understood as rough approximations. More data is needed for corroboration and for tracing regional differences.Such a rise in southern Levantine chronology compared to the Egyptian historical chronology of course also calls for a thorough reassessment of Egyptian-Levantine relations based on the Radiocarbon Chronology. Based on the radiocarbon chronology, the Middle Bronze Age would start approximately around the beginning of the 12th Dynasty, the transition from Middle Bronze I to Middle Bronze II would occur sometime during the reign of Senwosret III or Amenemhet III (instead ofthe mid-13th Dynasty), the transition from Middle Bronze II to Middle Bronze III would occur in the mid-13th Dynasty (instead of the mid-15th Dynasty),and the beginning of the Late Bronze Age would still fall into the late Second Intermediate Period.The first implications of this reassessment are presented in this volume by Susan Cohen, Katharina Streit, and Eric Cline et al.. Although from our point of view the radiocarbon data seems solid and offers a possibility to create the first independent chronological framework throughout the ancient Near East, the discussion in the field has in fact only begun."





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