Anatolian Tree Rings and a New Chronology for the East Mediterranean Bronze-Iron Ages

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Science  21 Dec 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5551, pp. 2532-2535
DOI: 10.1126/science.1066112

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We report an extensive program of high-precision radiocarbon dating to establish the best date for a floating 1599-year Anatolian tree ring chronology that spans the later third millennium B.C. through the earlier first millennium B.C. This chronology is directly associated with a number of key sites and ancient personages. A previously suggested dating is withdrawn and is replaced by a robust new date fix 22 (+4 or –7) years earlier. These new radiocarbon wiggle-matched dates offer a unique independent resource for establishing the precise chronology of the ancient Near East and Aegean and help resolve, among others, a long-standing debate in favor of the so-called Middle Mesopotamian chronology.

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