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Title: An Improved Weighed Dates Method for Ancient People
Author(s): BROUX, Yanne
Journal: Ancient Society
Volume: 49    Date: 2019   
Pages: 103-121
DOI: 10.2143/AS.49.0.3286882

Abstract :
This paper presents an adjustment to the ‘weighed dates’ method developed by Van Beek and Depauw in 2011, and which was updated by Depauw in 2015. By spreading the date range of sources across all respective years, it is thus possible to incorporate imprecisely dated material in detailed chronological overviews. Plotting individuals raises extra challenges, however, especially since many people mentioned in ancient source material are often only attested as genealogical identifiers. In these cases, the dates of the texts they appear in do not reflect the period in which they themselves were active. To remedy this, I have fine-tuned the weighed dates method by adding an extra step in which the date range of these individuals is recalibrated.

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