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date: 15 April 2021

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This articlediscusses the history of the northern Levant during the Iron Age I. It explains that this period is still considered to be one of the most puzzling ‘Dark Ages’ in the history of the central and northern Levant because of the extreme rarity of the textual record and the ambiguity of the available archaeological data. The article highlights recent epigraphic discoveries which discredited the notion that the transition from the Late Bronze to the Iron Age was ushered in by invasion of the ‘Sea-People’ who burnt and destroyed all the Late Bronze cities of the Levant.

Keywords: northern Levant, Iron Age, archaeological data, Sea-People, epigraphic discoveries, Dark Ages

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