Dating news

Quelccaya Ice Core

Excitement about the release of an 1800 year old ice core from the Peruvian Andes, which will be used to compare with other ice cores around the world. Lonnie Thompson, who notorious for not sharing his data, which has caused some to view his work with suspicion, and Ohio State University, are involved - see

Fishy C14 data

A post at ... describes how fish can cause problems with C14 dating methodology, even in pottery where fish have been cooked - and presumably in the bones of humans that ate a lot of fish. The discovery of the anomaly came from Denmark and attempts to date material from the Ertobolle culture people, who had a marine based diet. As a result of the Danish research we have what is known as the reservoir effect.

Number Four

Biblical Numbers have exercised the minds of numerous scholars over the years but we are little wiser after all that ink has been spent. The number 4 and its multiples, such as 40 and 400, play an important role in Biblical chronology - but what does 4 imply?

Pollen in sediments matches low growth tree ring data

There aren't a lot of posts under 'Dating' here but for a change we have one - go to ... ancient pollen and charcoal preserved in sediments from the Nile delta have revealed a series of past super-droughts - accompanied by evidence of landscape fire. In dry periods the wetland zones is more prone to fire so this does not imply fire from an exotic source such as the sky. What they found was that during periods of lower wetland pollen the amount of charcoal increased.

C14 goes longer ... and longer back in time

This post should really be up on the forum but it doesn't actually provide any firm dates to compare anything with - it more or less says they have the ability, in some circumstances, of C14 dating back as far as 50,000 + years into the past. See and

Ice Cores

Although this piece can be found at and therefore classifiable as climate change it also has a bearing on dating and chronology. Ice cores have been criticised out of hand by Charles Ginenthal and Emmet Sweeney for example, in SIS and related literature, as well as a raft of Creationist web sites and tracts. In particular, the story of WWII aeroplanes discovered buried under a very deep amount of snow has been used to deride the concept of ice cores.

Chronology of Beth Shan

Peter James, in a review of a book edited by Amihai Mazar, Excavations at Tell Beth Shean, Palestine Exploration Quarterly 142 has suggested the fall of level V should be redated to 732BC and the time of Tiglath Pileser III (copies of the review can be obtained via Eric Aitchison).

Tel Qudadi

At ... we learn that Tel Qudadi, a fortress on the mouth of the Yarkon River (now part of modern Tel Aviv) was not a fortified place of Solomon or of Ahab, as previously designated - but was an Assyrian fort of the late 8th/ early 7th centuries BC. Hence, pottery styles and other cultural artifacts within Tel Qudadi may likewise have to be adjusted. I wonder what Bob Porter and chums are saying on Yahoo?

Index of Postings in September 2010

September 2010.

August 31st ... Other Worlds

August 31st ... Nasca Lines ... and water.

August 31st ... YD event update

August 31st ... K/T boundary event - a compromise?

August 31st ... the henge in Herts again

August 31st ... sun spots ... can stretch the sky ...

September 1st ... the Antarctic of the Past

September 1st ... Jupiter's radio emissions and dark energy?

September 1st ... A funny looking crater on Mars

September 1st ... No nano-diamonds at YD boundary ...

Dating and Chronology in the Middle East

A conference on archaeoastronomy at Tartu in Estonia in 2002 had a paper by Goran Henriksson on the 'absolute chronology' of the ancient near east which is framed around a solar eclipse in 763BC as seen from Nineveh. Earlier epochs rely on astronomical dating as provided by the Venus Tablets of Ammisaduqa, 10th king of the First Dynasty of Babylon - to a lesser degree nowadays but certainly a factor in the Low Chronology, for example. In this paper Henriksson dates the above dynasty by a previously unidentifed total solar eclipse mentioned in a text.