Comment on “AMS radiocarbon dates from the Predynastic Egyptian Cemetery, N7000, at Naga-ed-Dê"

Wilkinson, Toby (1999) Comment on “AMS radiocarbon dates from the Predynastic Egyptian Cemetery, N7000, at Naga-ed-Dê". Journal of Archaeological Science, 26 (3). pp. 339-341. ISSN 0305-4403

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Savage (JAS 25, 235–249) has recently published an analysis of a corpus of radiocarbon dates from Predynastic and
Early Dynastic Egyptian contexts. He has assigned the calibrated dates to phases and subphases, and he proposes these
as the components of a refined radiocarbon chronology for Predynastic Egypt. Unfortunately his analysis of both the
new dates from Cemetery N7000 at Naga-ed-Deˆr and other dates is methodologically flawed, deriving durations for
phases from 95·4% confidence limit ranges of dates for single events. In addition the seriation data for Naga-ed-Deˆr
presented is inconsistent with the claims in the text. The Predynastic chronology proposed is also inconsistent with the
archaeological and historical evidence for the order of some of the contexts used. This brief comment is designed to
draw readers’ attention to the unreliability of the analysis, and prevent the derived age ranges from entering the
literature as accepted dates.

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