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Does Amihai Mazar Agree with Finkelstein’s “Low Chronology”?
In an interview in our November/December 2002 issue (“A ‘Centrist’ at the Center of Controversy,” BAR 28:06), Israel Finkelstein, head of Tel Aviv University’s Institute of Archaeology and co-director of the excavation at Megiddo, argued for his highly controversial “low chronology.” According to Finkelstein, the dating of early Israelite archaeological materials, especially pottery, should be lowered by a century from their traditional and widely accepted chronology. The result is that the archaeological strata, including monumental architecture, attributed to King Solomon and the United Monarchy in the tenth century B.C.E. is now dated …

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