Dating news

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.

Some dating issues

The New Chronology Yahoo Group forum has had the big guns posting during September - David Rohl, Bernard Newgrosh and Bob Porter for example. The issue that has caught their interest - the missing archaeology of the Persian Period. This is probably one of the really weak spots in conventional archaeology and ably exploited by  Emmett Sweeney elsewhere.

The Etruscans, the Hittites, Luwians, and others

Also on the New Chronology Yahoo Group forum in August has been a discussion of tawannas, a title used by Hittite queens, and the spread of that term by the Philistines and Etruscans - in late 9th century on the New Chronology framework. In that context the migration might well be visualised as primarily a migration of people from SE Anatolia (at the end of the LB Age) with minimal connections with the Aegean. There are a lot of emails on the subject with a diverse number of points of view - too many to repeat here.

New Chronology and Jonah

At ... there are a lot of emails to wade through on this lively and very active Yahoo Group (requires a membership to read the emails), enough to faze even the most receptive of minds - but far from dulls the revisionist faithful. This one caught my eye after a brief trawl and was posted by Frank Taylor of North Carolina.

A couple of sites on a revised chronology

At we have a development on the ideas of John Lascelles and news of a two volume book shortly to be published by a former member of the SIS, John Crowe. Basically, it is all about redating the Trojan War and relocating the site of Troy. Interesting ideas that deserve to be aired in the public areana.