Notes on iron IIA 14C Dates from tell el-qudeirat (Kadesh Barnea)

Ayelet Gilboa, Timothy A.J. Jull, Ilan Sharon, Elisabetta Boaretto

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Short-lived samples from an iron Age IIA context at Tell el-Qudeirat in northeastern Sinai, identified by many with biblical Kadesh Barnea, were subjected to radiocarbon dating. The results indicate dates that are very high—even higher than those currently adhered to by proponents of the 'high' iron Age chronology. These dates were obtained after independent measuring in three radiocarbon laboratories. Repeated 14C intercomparisons, in this case and others, have demonstrated that apparent inconsistencies in the dates offered for archaeological facies cannot be attributed to measurement error or bias. Answers must be sought elsewhere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-94
Number of pages13
JournalTel Aviv
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 2009


  • IRON age chronology
  • RADIOCARBON dating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Archaeology


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