Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


15 December 2014

Radiocarbon Data for Aegean Pottery in Egypt: New Evidence from Saqqara (Lepsius) Tomb 16 and its Importance for LM IB/LH IIA

F. Höflmayer, Α. Hassler, W. Kutschera & E.M. Wild in A.J. Shortland & C. Bronk Ramsey (eds), 2013. Radiocarbon and the Chronologies of Ancient Egypt, Oxford, 110-120.


While radiocarbon dates for dynastic Egypt are generally in accordance with historical estimations based, on textual data, absolute calendar dates for the Aegean early Late Bronze Age are still under discussion. Estimations based on archaeological synchronisms with Egypt are up to 120 years younger than radiocarbon data for the Late Minoan IA and IB periods. In this respect, further radiocarbon data from Egyptian contexts containing Aegean imports are of considerable interest for the ongoing chronological debate. In this contribution, we present new scientific dating evidence for Saqqara (Lepsius) tomb 16, containing an imported Late Helladic IIA alabastron and discuss its importance for absolute calendar dates for Late Minoan IB and Late Helladic IIA.


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