A radiocarbon sequence for the late bronze to iron age transition at Ashkelon: Timing early philistine pottery

Yotam Asscher, Mario A.S. Martin, Daniel Master, Elisabetta Boaretto

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From 1985-2014, the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon excavated a trench on the north side of Ashkelon’s central mound (Grid 38) exposing a Bronze and Iron Age sequence over an area of some 450 m2. By combining different radiocarbon sampling strategies used over the years of excavation, an absolute chrono-cultural scheme is constructed for the latter half of the 2nd millennium B.C.E. with a focus on the transition to the Iron Age. This chronology is then synchronized with several nearby sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-93
Number of pages17
JournalBulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding for the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon was provided by the Leon Levy Foundation and by Leon Levy and Shelby White. Excavation took place under the direction of Lawrence E. Stager (1985–2016) and Daniel M. Master (2007– 2016) with the academic sponsorship of the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East. The radiocarbon study was supported by the Exilarch Foundation for the Dangoor Research Accelerator Mass Spectrometer (D-REAMS) Laboratory and the Max Planck-Weizmann Center for Integrative Archaeology and Anthropology. Yotam Asscher was supported by the Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science and the George Schwartzman Fund. Elisabetta Boaretto is the incumbent of the Dangoor Professorial Chair of Archaeological Sciences at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

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  • Ashkelon
  • Iron Age
  • Philistine
  • Radiocarbon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Archaeology


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