Radiocarbon Dating of the Iron Age Stratigraphic Sequence at Beth Shemesh

Elisabetta Boaretto, Ilan Sharon, Ayelet Gilboa

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The traditional chronology of ancient Israel in the late Iron I and early Iron II (11th–9th centuries BCE) was constructed mainly by correlating archaeological phenomena—mainly constructions and destructions in relevant sites—with biblical narratives and with Bible-derived chronology. The early Iron Age chronology of the Levant, Cyprus, Greece, and even regions further west, are in turn based on comparative cross-dating with such “biblical” strata. Since the 1970s, however, the historical validity of the biblical narratives concerning the Israelite United Monarchy has increasingly been questioned. Furthermore, criticism of the foundations of the traditional chronology suggested an alternative “Low Chronology”...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTel Beth-Shemesh
Subtitle of host publicationA Border Community in Judah. Renewed Excavations 1990-2000: The Iron Age
EditorsS. Bunimovitz, Z. Lederman
PublisherThe Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781575064529
StatePublished - 30 May 2016

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