Temple city dating
According to a Weizmann Institute press release, the team can produce “highly accurate results on something as small as a seed.” “Getting one’s hands dirty is all part of building a reliable chronology,” said Boaretto.
Two sections of sediment were sampled for radiocarbon dating beneath the foundation stones at two locations to provide “an absolute dating” for the structure, according to the study.
The separate, sequential layers of sediment were identified using microarchaeological tools and radiocarbon dating, and enabled the researchers to date the strata found at the base of the tower. “Scenarios for the construction of the tower during Middle Bronze Age (MB) and Iron Age II are considered, based on the new 14C [radiocarbon] data, yielding a series of dates, the latest of which falls in the terminal phases of the 9th century BCE, alongside previous excavation data,” according to the study.
Contrary to previous estimates, the date revealed by this radiocarbon dating was sometime around 900-800 BCE — nearly 1,000 years later than archaeologists had originally dated the tower, and well after the presumed reign of King David.
Excavated recently by the researchers at Israel Antiquities Authority, these ancient seals basically entail pieces of clay that were used for sealing letters.
(City of David) A new Weizmann Institute study has discovered radiocarbon-dating evidence of the First Temple period under a tower in Jerusalem’s City of David that was previously dated to the Canaanite period.The findings, based on soil samples taken from under a seven-meter thick walled tower, shave nearly a thousand years from previous archaeological dating of the structure, which placed it c.1700 BCE — and contradict a presumed biblical linkage to the site.The radiocarbon dates only mean that this could not have been done before the late 9th century. “In any event, a late 9th century date should come as no surprise, as there are other indications for the growth of the city at that time – from the Temple Mount (in my opinion the original location of the mound of Jerusalem) to the south, in the direction of the Gihon spring,” says Finkelstein.
The City of David is often described as the urban core of ancient Jerusalem, which (possibly) already boasted walled fortifications from the Bronze Age.Discussions on the foundation and borders of Israelite-era Jerusalem are often rife with accusations of Jewish nationalism trumping evidential facts.