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14C AND THE IRON AGE CHRONOLOGY DEBATE: REHOV, KHIRBET EN-NAHAS, DAN, AND MEGIDDO

Israel Finkelstein, Eli Piasetzky

Abstract


A recently published volume, The Bible and Radiocarbon Dating: Archaeology, Text and Science (Levy and

Higham 2005), provides data related to the debate over the chronology of the Iron Age strata in the Levant (for a review, see

Carmi 2006). The present article comments on several chapters in the volume. The article highlights methodological problems,

such as insecure stratigraphic provenance of 14C samples, and demonstrates how unjustified selection of data can bias

the result. The article offers a new interpretation to some of the results and shows that the full set of measurements from Tel

Rehov supports the Low Chronology system.

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