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Science. 2001 Dec 21;294(5551):2532-5. Epub 2001 Dec 6.

Anatolian tree rings and a new chronology for the east Mediterranean Bronze-Iron Ages.

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  • 1Department of Archaeology, University of Reading, Post Office Box 218 Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AA, UK. S.W.Manning@reading.ac.uk

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We report an extensive program of high-precision radiocarbon dating to establish the best date for a floating 1599-year Anatolian tree ring chronology that spans the later third millennium B.C. through the earlier first millennium B.C. This chronology is directly associated with a number of key sites and ancient personages. A previously suggested dating is withdrawn and is replaced by a robust new date fix 22 (+4 or -7) years earlier. These new radiocarbon wiggle-matched dates offer a unique independent resource for establishing the precise chronology of the ancient Near East and Aegean and help resolve, among others, a long-standing debate in favor of the so-called Middle Mesopotamian chronology.

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