Radiocarbon chronology

An absolute chronology will be established based on a sequence of new and contextualized high-precision radiocarbon measurements from Lachish and other sites in the southern Levant that can be correlated with the radiocarbon-backed historical chronology of Egypt. In order to establish a sound absolute chronology ‘Tracing Transformations’ will acquire a sequence of stratified short-lived botanical samples (ideally single-year cultigens) from the excavations of Area S at Lachish and other sites. For sample selection we concentrate on in situ contexts where possible, or clusters of seeds found in association with floor levels, hearths, storage areas, and similar installations.

The radiocarbon dating sub-project is led by Lyndelle Webster, radiocarbon measurements are done in cooperation with Michael W. Dee of the University of Groningen.