Radiocarbon dating pushes some events in the middle of the second millennium B.C. 100 years back into the past, possibly revising history in the Aegean Sea area near Greece and Turkey, a study in tomorrow’s Science said.
“A new story may be written on the origins of early classical and Aegean civilization, which effectively becomes much of Western civilization,” said Stuart Manning, a Cornell University professor of classics.
The findings concern a critical time for development of Late Bronze Age cultures in the Aegean, Cyprus, Anatolia and others and may change how cultural relations are viewed in the period, said Manning, the lead investigator, in a telephone interview from London. The conclusion solves one of the big challenges to archeologists in the past 30 years, he said.
April 30, 2006
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