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The Sea Peoples, from Cuneiform Tablets to Carbon Dating
PLOS ONE ^ | David Kaniewski et al (see below)

Posted on 10/04/2012 3:01:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Whereas the Sea People event constitutes a major turning point in ancient world history, attested by both written and archaeological (e.g. Ugarit, Enkomi, Kition, Byblos) evidence, our knowledge of when these waves of destructions occurred rests on translation of cuneiform tablets preceding the invasions (terminus ante quem) and on Ramses III's reign (terminus post quem). Here, we report the first absolute chronology of the invasion from a rare, well-preserved Sea People destruction layer (Fig. 2) from a Levantine harbour town of the Ugarit kingdom. The destruction layer contains remains of conflicts (bronze arrowheads scattered around the town, fallen walls, burnt houses), ash from the conflagration of houses, and chronologically well-constrained ceramic assemblages fragmented by the collapse of the town. This stratified radiocarbon-based archaeology, with anchor points in ancient epigraphic-literary sources, Hittite-Levantine-Egyptian kings and astronomical observations, was used to precisely date the Sea People invasion in northern Levant, a decisive episode in a long-term collapse of the ancient Eastern Mediterranean world. By confronting historical and science-based archaeology, the data offer the first firm chronology for this key period in human society.

(Excerpt) Read more at plosone.org ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: bronzeage; carbondating; catastrophism; cuneiform; egypt; godsgravesglyphs; medinethabu; peleset; peopleofthesea; pereset; radiocarbondating; ramsesiii; seapeople; seapeoples
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List of all authors: David Kaniewski, Elise Van Campo, Karel Van Lerberghe, Tom Boiy, Klaas Vansteenhuyse, Greta Jans, Karin Nys, Harvey Weiss, Christophe Morhange, Thierry Otto, Joachim Bretschneider.
Figure 3. Gibala, Ugarit Kingdom: bronze arrowheads and typical ceramic assemblage for the end of the Late Bronze Age and the Sea People event in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean. Ceramics and arrowheads were retrieved from the destruction Level 7A. The 14C weighted average value and calibrations provide a robust chronological framework for the Sea People event.

The Sea Peoples, from Cuneiform Tablets to Carbon Dating

1 posted on 10/04/2012 3:01:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: Renfield; 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; ...

Thanks Renfield, a two-lister topic!


2 posted on 10/04/2012 3:04:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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The Sea Peoples are an almost ideal modern invention, because they can operate as a gap filler in so many different eras, that is, assuming one doesn't look too closely or carefully.
3 posted on 10/04/2012 3:05:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Whoops, some small style changes:
4 posted on 10/04/2012 3:06:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Renfield, a two-lister topic!

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


5 posted on 10/04/2012 3:06:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

6 posted on 10/04/2012 3:14:58 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: SunkenCiv

Good post. Climate change put these peoples from the North on the move. And the Trojan War was a result of the branch which went into Greece. There is some connection between the Dorians and the War. Menelaus was King of Sparta, Helen its Queen.


7 posted on 10/04/2012 3:26:29 PM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Unsure what you mean by ‘modern invention’.The evidence presented by the researchers seems to support what has been
theorized for some time; that the SP arrive on the scene about the same time as the decline of the Mycenaean and Hittite civilizations. Must dig out my copy of Sandars
from storage..

Abstract

The 13th century BC witnessed the zenith of the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean civilizations which declined at the end of the Bronze Age, ~3200 years ago. Weakening of this ancient flourishing Mediterranean world shifted the political and economic centres of gravity away from the Levant towards Classical Greece and Rome, and led, in the long term, to the emergence of the modern western civilizations. Textual evidence from cuneiform tablets and Egyptian reliefs from the New Kingdom relate that seafaring tribes, the Sea Peoples, were the final catalyst that put the fall of cities and states in motion. However, the lack of a stratified radiocarbon-based archaeology for the Sea People event has led to a floating historical chronology derived from a variety of sources spanning dispersed areas. Here, we report a stratified radiocarbon-based archaeology with anchor points in ancient epigraphic-literary sources, Hittite-Levantine-Egyptian kings and astronomical observations to precisely date the Sea People event. By confronting historical and science-based archaeology, we establish an absolute age range of 1192–1190 BC for terminal destructions and cultural collapse in the northern Levant. This radiocarbon-based archaeology has far-reaching implications for the wider Mediterranean, where an elaborate network of international relations and commercial activities are intertwined with the history of civilizations


8 posted on 10/04/2012 3:33:12 PM PDT by RitchieAprile (Bipolar and loving/hating it..)
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To: JoeProBono

Very cool!


9 posted on 10/04/2012 4:34:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: RitchieAprile

The Sea Peoples are a modern invention, and are not all one thing, which is why they left no artifacts, graves, or written language, despite having supposedly ravaged the civilizations at the so-called end of the so-called Bronze Age.


10 posted on 10/04/2012 4:36:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: RitchieAprile; SunkenCiv

“Conventional history claims that the Peoples of the Sea were barbarians who nearly destroyed civilisation before they were defeated by Pharao Ramses III in the 12th century B.C. Velikovsky instead believes that there is enough archaeological and documentary evidence to prove that they were Greek mercenaries and that their allies the Pereset weren’t ancient Philisines but Persians. He argues that Ramses III was Nectanebo I of the Greek historians who lived 800 years later, and he places these events not in the 12th but in the 4th century B.C.

“The peoples of the Sea were thus fourth century mercenaries from Asia Minor and Greece, of the time of Plato. He shows that there was a strong Semitic (Hebrew and Assyrian) influence on the language, religion and art of Egypt in the time of Ramses III and provides much other archaeological and documentary evidence.

“The book includes 16 black & white plates including tiles of Ramses III, bass reliefs of the battles against the Peoples of the Sea, the pylon of the Khonsu Temple and portal of the Ramses III temple at Medinet Habu and artwork from the tomb of Si-Amon at Siwa Oasis. The main text concludes with chronological charts in parallel tables listing Persia, Palestine, the Greek World and Egypt from 550 B.C. to 340 B.C. The supplement on Astronomy and Chronology includes chapters on The Foundations of Egyptian Chronology, Sirius and Venus.

“With Velikovsky’ dazzling erudition, Peoples Of The Sea reads like a detective story. I don’t know to what extent Velikovsky’s alternative chronology has been accepted or convincingly disproved but all his work is fascinating and stimulating to read, as he had the talent for making history come alive.”

http://www.amazon.com/Peoples-Ages-Chaos-Series-Vol/dp/0385033893


11 posted on 10/04/2012 4:37:46 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Thanks BL.


12 posted on 10/04/2012 5:09:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: JoeProBono

Collect ‘em and trade ‘em. That Viking-style ship prow looks a bit like a dinosaur that was killed in the Noachian Flood, what a boner! ;’) /s


13 posted on 10/04/2012 5:13:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: arrogantsob

The Allies of Priam
http://www.varchive.org/dag/trowar.htm

The Trojans and their Allies
http://www.varchive.org/nldag/trojally.htm

Troy
http://www.varchive.org/schorr/troy.htm


14 posted on 10/04/2012 5:14:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: arrogantsob

whoops, forgot one, and to thank you. Thanks!

The First Greeks in Egypt
http://www.varchive.org/tac/greeks.htm


15 posted on 10/04/2012 5:14:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Could not resist


16 posted on 10/04/2012 5:21:50 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Raycpa

Well, it says “Do Not Resist”. :)
First thing I thought of, too.


17 posted on 10/04/2012 5:35:38 PM PDT by GoDuke
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To: SunkenCiv; Raycpa; Jim Robinson

Now all this right here is why I love Free Republic. You two are sons of Liberty.


18 posted on 10/04/2012 5:38:25 PM PDT by GopherIt
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To: Raycpa

;’) Hey, it sez “Do not resist”, what were you supposed to do?


19 posted on 10/04/2012 5:40:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: GopherIt

There’s three names, but I can take it... ;’)


20 posted on 10/04/2012 5:45:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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