The Date of Appearance of Philistine Pottery at Megiddo: A Computational Approach

Eythan Levy, Israel Finkelstein, Mario A.S. Martin, Eli Piasetzky

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    This paper addresses the question of the date of appearance of Philistine Bichrome pottery at Megiddo through a new computational approach, using recently developed chronology software. Based on historical dates, we obtain a terminus post quem of 1183 B.C.E. for the start of Philistine Bichrome at Megiddo using a broad model, and a terminus post quem of 1124 B.C.E. under stronger chronological hypotheses. Adding radiocarbon results at 68.2% confidence level to the model yields a narrow range of 1111–1086 B.C.E. for the appearance of Bichrome (1128—1079 B.C.E. for 95.4%). The paper also presents results suggesting that Stratum VIIB ended during, or only slightly before, the reign of Ramesses III (1184–1153 B.C.E.).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-30
    Number of pages30
    JournalBulletin of ASOR
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - May 2022

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    Eythan Levy was supported by the Center for Absorption in Science, the Ministry of Absorption, the State of Israel, and by the Dan David Foundation. The study was also supported by Mr. Jacques Chahine, through the French Friends of Tel Aviv University.

    Publisher Copyright:
    © 2022 American Society of Overseas Research. All rights reserved.

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • History
    • Archaeology
    • Archaeology
    • Cultural Studies


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