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Dating the Thera (Santorin) eruption: evidence versus poor scholarship, and the end of the low chronology

Manning, S. W., Höflmayer, F., Moller, N., Dee, M. W., Bronk Ramsey, C., Fleitmann, D., Higham, T., Kutschera, W. and Wild, E. M. (2014) Dating the Thera (Santorin) eruption: evidence versus poor scholarship, and the end of the low chronology. Antiquity: A Review of World Archaeology, 88 (342). pp. 1164-1179. ISSN 0003-598X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1017/S0003598X00115388

Abstract/Summary

The date of the Late Bronze Age Minoan eruption of the Thera volcano has provoked much debate among archaeologists, not least in a recent issue of Antiquity (‘Bronze Age catastrophe and modern controversy: dating the Santorini eruption’, March 2014). Here, the authors respond to those recent contributions, citing evidence that closes the gap between the conclusions offered by previous typological, stratigraphic and radiometric dating techniques. They reject the need to choose between alternative approaches to the problem and make a case for the synchronisation of eastern Mediterranean and Egyptian chronologies with agreement on a ‘high’ date in the late seventeenth century BC for the Thera eruption.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Scientific Archaeology
Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Past Climate Change
ID Code:40229
Uncontrolled Keywords:Santorini; Thera; Late Bronze Age; Minoan eruption; radiocarbon dating; chronology
Publisher:Antiquity Publications Ltd.

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