First absolute chronology of Dynastic Egypt established: Carbon 14 dating has recently enabled an international team of researchers to establish an absolute chronology of Dynastic Egypt for the first time.
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First absolute chronology of Dynastic Egypt established
First absolute chronology of Dynastic Egypt established
First absolute chronology of Dynastic Egypt established

Carbon 14 dating has recently enabled an international team of researchers to establish an absolute chronology of Dynastic Egypt (approximately 1100-2700 years BC) for the first time. The analysis of short-lived organic samples archeologically attributed to a specific reign or period of Egyptian history, has confirmed previous chronological estimates, but has also called other estimates into question. These results are published in Science of 18 June 2010.

For more than 150 years, explorers and researchers throughout the world have been striving to gain a clearer understanding of one of the most fascinating civilizations: Ancient Egypt. A relative chronology of the kings who succeeded one another to the Egyptian throne has gradually been established through the study of epigraphic, historical or archaeological documents. However, determining an absolute chronology was much more difficult because at the beginning of each new reign, the clock went back to zero. Astrophysical data had already made it possible to envisage some temporal reference points, but such data was not sufficient to date each of the Egyptian dynasties precisely.

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