UCL logo

UCL Discovery

UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

Radiocarbon dating and the Naqada relative chronology

Dee, MW; Wengrow, D; Shortland, AJ; Stevenson, A; Brock, F; Ramsey, CB; (2014) Radiocarbon dating and the Naqada relative chronology. Journal of Archaeological Science , 46 319 - 323. 10.1016/j.jas.2014.03.016. Green open access

[img]
Preview
Text
Wengrow_Manuscript.pdf

Download (690kB) | Preview

Abstract

The Naqada relative chronology provides the main cultural framework for the Predynastic period of ancient Egypt. It was devised in the late nineteenth century by Flinders Petrie to improve understanding of the prehistoric origins of the Egyptian state. Petrie's approach became widely known and formed the basis for the development of seriation. In this study, we test the reliability of the Naqada relative chronology as a dating tool against all the relevant radiocarbon information. The results show that the main blocks of the relative sequence do form a true chronology, but also indicate that the system is much less reliable at the level of individual phases. We discuss the nature of the discrepancies and the broader influence of the relative chronology on current understanding of Early Egypt.

Type: Article
Title: Radiocarbon dating and the Naqada relative chronology
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2014.03.016
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2014.03.016
Language: English
Additional information: © 2014. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Keywords: Radiocarbon dating, Ancient Egypt, Relative chronology, Seriation, State formation
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1433817
Downloads since deposit
345Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item