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Title: Deconstructing the Destruction of Hasanlu
Subtitle: Archaeology, Imperialism and the Chronology of the Iranian Iron Age
Author(s): MAGEE, Peter
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 43    Date: 2008   
Pages: 89-106
DOI: 10.2143/IA.43.0.2024043

Abstract :
The destruction of Hasanlu IVb at or near 800 BC has remained a fixpoint for Iranian and near eastern archaeology for nearly half a century. In this paper the methodological basis for this interpretation are analyzed. Moving from this, a complete stratigraphical and statistical re-analysis of the carbon-14 data from Hasanlu IVB is presented. When combined, these avenues of analysis show that a destruction date in the eighth century BC is not only not negated by the evidence, but jibes with long-held stylistic analysis of some of the Hasanlu IVb artifacts.

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