Archaeomagnetism as a complementary dating technique to address the Iron Age chronology debate in the Levant

Michele D. Stillinger, James W. Hardin, Joshua M Feinberg, Jeffrey A. Blakely

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Abstract

A fundamental goal of archaeological research in the Near East is the determination of accurate chronology, particularly in situations where one is attempting to correlate specific events and places in written history with archaeological features and sites. In the past, Near East archaeologists have relied heavily on 'relative' dating techniques, such as pottery seriation and comparison with ancient texts and/or inscriptional evidence to ascribe ages to their materials and sites, all of which are necessary for site interpretation and a basic understanding of chronology. However, while the relative ordering of many seriation chronologies is often correct, interpretive problems and even heated chronological debates can arise when attempting to fix seriation-derived dates within an absolute time scale such as our modern calendar dating system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-106
Number of pages17
JournalNear Eastern Archaeology
Volume79
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2016

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