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.).
Bibliographical noteFunding 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.
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