The study has implications for the whole region as the Egyptian chronology anchors the timing of historical events in neighbouring areas tied to the reign of particular Egyptian kings.
The research will allow for more historical comparisons to be made in countries like Libya and Sudan, which have conducted radiocarbon dating techniques on places of archaeological interest in the past.
The samples were subjected to Accelerator Mass Spectrometry radiocarbon dating.
To ensure reliability, samples from more recent periods of Egyptian history, of precise known-age, were also dated.
‘My colleague Joanne Rowland went to a lot of museums, explaining what we were doing and asking for their participation.