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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New Timeline for Pharoahs

A new study using radiocarbon dating has a better view of the timeline of ancient Egypt’s 3 main periods. Dr. Ramsey and his colleagues used the radiocarbon dating method on 211 plant samples that are tied to artifacts of certain kings in different periods.

We might already know a great deal about the timeline, but some dates are still debated. Thus this study gives a more precise look at the dates.

This study appeared in the June 18 issue of Science.

We can see with his study that:

* New Kingdom previous estimates 1550 or 1539 B.C. - Now between 1570 and 1544 B.C.

* Djoser's reign previously widely believed to be 2667 or 2592 B.C. - Now between 2691 and 2625 B.C.

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