Centuries of Darkness, Peter James
The Old World has confronted archaeologists with many riddles, perhaps the most tantalizing of which is the Dark Age, an economic and cultural recession so devastating that it is supposed to have lasted for 400 years, from 1200 to 800 BC.
A challenge to the conventional chronology of Old World archaeology
In Centuries of Darkness, a group of archaeologists presents a controversial challenge to this claim.
The dates for the Near East and the Mediterranean are derived from the highly regarded chronology of ancient Egypt. Peter James and his team ask whether those dates might have been miscalculated?
In this intricate piece of scholarly detective work, the authors propose a pioneering theory. Deciphering the clues from papyri and pottery, they search layer by layer through the excavated treasures of a vast area from Spain to France and from Denmark to Sudan, until they reach Egypt - where they unearth 250 years of 'ghost history'.
Their discoveries lead to a questioning of the so-called Dark Age and the purposes which belief in it has served. As a result, our notions about the Trojan War, the foundation of Rome, the origins of the Greek alphabet, and the Golden Age of Solomon all have to be reexamined, revolutionizing our view of the ancient world.
In collaboration with I.J. Thorpe, Nikos Kokkinos, Robert Morkot and John Frankish
Foreword by Colin Renfrew
Centuries of Darkness, Peter James, good copy
Jonathan Cape London, hardcover with dust jacket, 434 pages
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