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Centuries of Darkness: A Challenge to the Conventional Chronology of Old World Archaeology
     

Centuries of Darkness: A Challenge to the Conventional Chronology of Old World Archaeology

by Peter James, I. J. Thorpe, Joh Frankish, Robert Morkot, Nikos Kokkinos
 

he authors of this text, originally published in England in 1991, are young scholars who present no less than a "chronological revolution." After tracing the development of Old World chronology, James and his colleagues review archaeological evidence and the lack of it from the Dark Age, the centuries-long period at the end of the Late Bronze Age c.1200 B

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he authors of this text, originally published in England in 1991, are young scholars who present no less than a "chronological revolution." After tracing the development of Old World chronology, James and his colleagues review archaeological evidence and the lack of it from the Dark Age, the centuries-long period at the end of the Late Bronze Age c.1200 B.C. They include a wide geographical area—as far east as Iran and south to Nubia. Challenging the accepted Egyptian chronology, they argue for lower dates, which would instead put the end of the Late Bronze Age around 950 B.C., thus essentially eliminating the so-called Dark Age. The authors have done a masterful job of drawing together an enormous range of evidence; their conclusion is persuasive. Their challenge to Egyptian chronology cannot be ignored, and Egyptologists will have to address the flaws that they demonstrate. For students of ancient history and archaeology.

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The authors of this text, originally published in England in 1991, are young scholars who present no less than a ``chronological revolution.'' After tracing the development of Old World chronology, James and his colleagues review archaeological evidence and the lack of it from the Dark Age, the centuries-long period at the end of the Late Bronze Age c.1200 B.C. They include a wide geographical area--as far east as Iran and south to Nubia. Challenging the accepted Egyptian chronology, they argue for lower dates, which would instead put the end of the Late Bronze Age around 950 B.C., thus essentially eliminating the so-called Dark Age. The authors have done a masterful job of drawing together an enormous range of evidence; their conclusion is persuasive. Their challenge to Egyptian chronology cannot be ignored, and Egyptologists will have to address the flaws that they demonstrate. For students of ancient history and archaeology.-- Joan Gartland, Detroit P.L., Detroit, Mich.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813519500
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1993
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
434
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.46(h) x 1.58(d)

Meet the Author

A former film producer, British author Peter James is the bestselling mystery author of the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series as well as other thriller novels. Over 15 million copies of his books are in print and he has won many awards for his writing such as the 2016 CWA Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence. James’s mother has the distinction of being the former glovemaker to Queen Elizabeth II. He lives in England.

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