Dating ancient artifacts updating the interlanguage hypothesis
Much progress revising Egyptian chronology has come from comparisons with other ancient cultures.
The new study brings radiocarbon dating to the table.
Previously assigned dates were used to narrow the focus of each radiocarbon test, for even if all the assumptions underlying interpretation of radiocarbon tests were verifiably accurate, results are not exact.9 The Royal Tombs at Abydos are associated with Egypt’s First Dynasty.
Many bits of organic material carbon-dated in the latest study of Egypt’s First Dynasty originally came from these tombs.
As we will discuss below, however, this date is still too early to be compatible with biblical history.The fragmentary dynastic records recorded on the Palermo Stone, combined with other data, are used in an effort to zoom in on the actual dates of Egypt’s founding as a nation.Image from Petrie Museum, UCL, via NBC.12 The investigators assumed that all (or all but one, as Queen Merneith was possibly co-regent with her son) ruled with non-overlapping reigns.13 This is a major assumption given that much of the difficulty with Egyptian chronology has stemmed from the probability that many rulers presumed to have reigned in sequence actually ruled at the same time, perhaps regionally.At Abydos, not only rulers but also many royal officials were interred.Bits of bone and hair and plant material associated with several individuals could therefore be expected to come from each monarch’s reign, helping mark out roughly how long each ruled.