June 1, 2014

A recent article published in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies 73:1 (2014) by Oriental Institute scholars Robert Ritner and Nadine Moeller provides a re-assessment of an ancient Egyptian text known as the "Ahmose Tempest Stela" along with an overview of recent radiocarbon dates of the Thera eruption and their implications for Egyptian chronology. They suggest that the text of the stela records events in Egypt following the eruption and therefore that the reign of king Ahmose I may be 30-50 years earlier than previously supposed. A University of Chicago News story recently covered the attention the article has garnered.

View of unwrapped mummy of king Ahmose I