Since these “long-term” samples may introduce the “old wood” effect, any calculation of precise absolute dates based on “long-term” samples is unreliable and may easily lead to errors of up to several decades or even more.For this reason, researchers prefer to use “short-life” samples, such as seeds, grain or olive pits. In many studies, particular radio-carbon dates are not considered valid because they do not match the majority of dated samples from the site in question.A decisive solution is far from being accomplished.

This was a very ambitious project, and they took 100 samples from 21 sites in Israel.

They did analysis of these sites not only by radiocarbon dating, but also using dendrochronology, ceramic sequences, stratigraphy, and biblical history.

This question is sharpened in light of the fact that the uncertainty in the usual radiocarbon readings (plus or minus 25 years or so) may be as large as the difference in dates in the debate.

The radiocarbon dating has several serious difficulties: (1) .

However, this book takes on this issue from a scientific standpoint rather that the ideologically biased standpoint of these liberal scholars.

They establish radiocarbon dating of this period as a valid measure when such is conducted with scientific controls.In speaking about biblical revisionists, Dever says that they either ignore or abuse archaeological data.He says they also ignore the archaeological evidence for the Shishak destruction ca. The results, depending on the calibration, can be quite different. Naturally, different statistical models for interpretation of the same data will produce different results. After processing the data with all these scientific tools, most archaeologists “improve” the given dates in accordance with broader archaeological and historical considerations.For all these reasons, contrasting dates have been reached in the ongoing chronological debate concerning the Iron Age.However, this roughly 600 year period of time encompasses the history of ancient Israel and her neighbors as depicted in the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible, which is the purview of what used to be called Biblical Archaeology..