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Egyptian and Near Eastern chronology: a dilemma?

  • James Mellaart
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There exists a widespread belief among historians that radiocarbon dating is incompatible with the historical chronologies of Egypt and Mesopotamia. In this article the author, lecturer in Anatolian archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University of London, attempts to show that a high historical chronology is required by re-interpretation of the Uruk and Jemdet Nasr sequences and their links with Egypt. A comparison with dendrochronology-corrected radiocarbon dating suggests that it is compatible with a high historical chronology. By combining these two independent forms of dating it becomes possible to reconstruct a uniform time scale. The Editor of ‘Antiquity’ is grateful to the British Academy for a generous donation towards the production of this article.

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Antiquity
  • ISSN: 0003-598X
  • EISSN: 1745-1744
  • URL: /core/journals/antiquity
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