To date or not to date: Radiocarbon and the arrival of the Philistines

Here I deal with two recent attempts to radiocarbon-date the transition from the Late Bronze to the Iron I and the arrival of the Philistines based on samples from Tell es-Safi/Gath and Qubur el-Walaydah. I first detail five conditions for constructing a proper radiocarbon model aimed at resolving a...

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Published in:Ägypten und Levante
Main Author: Finḳelshṭayn, Yiśraʾel 1949-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2016]
In:Ägypten und Levante
Year: 2016, Volume: 26, Pages: 275-284
Further subjects:B Terminology
B Architecture
B Late Bronze
B Iron
B Sediments
B Philistine pottery
B Radiocarbon dating
B Tell es-Safi / Gath
B Late Bronze / Iron I transition
B Stratigraphy
B Bayesian networks
B material culture
B Qubur el-Walaydah
B Iron I
B Philistine chronology
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Summary:Here I deal with two recent attempts to radiocarbon-date the transition from the Late Bronze to the Iron I and the arrival of the Philistines based on samples from Tell es-Safi/Gath and Qubur el-Walaydah. I first detail five conditions for constructing a proper radiocarbon model aimed at resolving a historical question, especially in the case of a dispute involving no more than a few decades. I then demonstrate that the situation in the relevant areas at Tell es-Safi/Gath and Qubur el-Walaydah – stratigraphy, contexts and control over ceramic typology – do not adhere to these conditions. Finally, I assemble and compare all available radiocarbon data for the Late Bronze IIB/III and the Late Bronze III/Iron I transitions and comment on two issues related to the traditional Philistine paradigm.
ISSN:1813-5145
Contains:Enthalten in: Ägypten und Levante
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1553/AEundL26s275