Co-presented by The Department of Egyptian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and ISAW
For some periods, historical and radiocarbon chronologies are at odds with each other, producing results that differ by 100 years or more. Recent studies on the date of the Thera eruption may create the impression that all problems have been solved in favor of the scientific dating methods, postulating that archaeologists have made serious mistakes in dating their contexts. This lecture will scrutinize the problems of radiocarbon dating methods, assess the limits of precision in Ancient Egyptian chronology, and present a new proposal for the synchronization between Egyptian and Old Babylonian chronologies.
This lecture is sponsored by Malcolm H. Wiener and The Achelis Foundation.
Reception to follow
Event is open to the public