Dating ancient artifacts
The investigators did radiocarbon testing on a few freshly excavated seeds from the Gaza Strip but primarily tested museum samples.
“A lot of the stuff is not is [sic] particularly beautiful,” Dee said.
Ignoring Egypt’s unifier Menes (aka Narmer, possibly), Aha—the first “official” pharaoh—acceded to the throne, the investigators concluded, around 3100 BC.
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.
Much progress revising Egyptian chronology has come from comparisons with other ancient cultures.
The new study brings radiocarbon dating to the table.