Bryant Wood and Peter Bienkowski’s Jericho Debate Available Online

Right here. The main conclusion I could gather from the articles was that pottery dating is a tricky business, and, since local pottery of the Middle Bronze IIC and Late Bronze I is extremely similar, some other dating method, such as radiocarbon dating, should be used to determine the destruction of an MB IIC/LBIA site. Fortunately, the dating has been done, on very reliable samples (charred short-lived grains), and has demonstrated that Jericho City IVc was destroyed before c. 1500 BC (though probably after c. 1550 BC).

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

3 thoughts on “Bryant Wood and Peter Bienkowski’s Jericho Debate Available Online”

    1. It wasn’t a few months ago; it was since the 1990s. Khirbet Maqatir is, for now, a plausible candidate for ‘Ai, but the archaeological material there really needs to be evaluated by more capable Israeli researchers.

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