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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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
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The Megiddo Expedition is conducted under the auspices of Tel Aviv University. Consortium members are the Collège de France, The George Washington University, Purchase College, the Jezreel Valley Regional Project (JVRP), Fuller Theological Seminary and Loyola Marymount University. The Expedition is directed by Israel Finkelstein (Tel Aviv University), Matthew J. Adams (W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research), and Mario A. S. Martin (Tel Aviv University). Current work at Megiddo is supported by Vivian and Norman Belmonte, the Dan David Foundation, The Shmunis Family Foundation, and Mark Weissman.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 American Schools of Oriental Research.


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Archaeology


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