A Hundred Reviews of Centuries of Darkness

We have never ceased to be surprised by the amount of interest that Centuries of Darkness has generated. Tracking all the references has been difficult, given the range of publications from academic journals to newspapers and magazines. We have listed here all the material that we have managed to collect so far, divided into four sections:

  1. COD Reviews, Notices, Discussions and Spin-offs
  2. Other Citations
  3. Seminars and Lectures on CoD
  4. Some Related Conferences & Collections of Papers

Where reviews are available on the net for immediate reading we have added the relevant links.

If anyone knows of any reviews, citations, etc not listed here, or can complete information where we have gaps (indicated by question marks), we would be very grateful for their help - for contact see Homepage).


1. CoD REVIEWS, NOTICES, DISCUSSIONS AND SPIN-OFFS

A. ACADEMIC JOURNALS & SERIES (IN APPROXIMATE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER):

  • 1991 (Sep). Antiquity 25/248, p. 724 (anonymous)
  • 1991. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 1:2, pp. 235-53 ("Review Feature" by K. Kitchen, B. Kemp, N. Postgate, A. Snodgrass, A. & S. Sherratt)
  • 1991 (24 Oct). Nature 353, pp. 712-13 ("A Shot in the Dark" by F. Hassan)
  • 1991. British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology Newsletter 4, pp. 106-7 (by M. Roaf)
  • 1991/2. Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Society 11, pp. 35-38 (by J. Mellaart)
  • 1991/1992. The Expository Times 103, pp. 81-82 (by J. R. Bartlett).
  • 1991/3. Bulletin of the Institute of Classsical Studies 38, pp. 263-64 ("Chronological Revolution or the Whirligig of Time?" by V. Hankey)
  • 1992 (Jan/Jun) Palestine Exploration Quarterly 124, pp. 2-3 (by G. I. Davies); 71-72 (by A. Dodson)
  • 1992 (Apr). British Archaeological Bibliography 1:1, p. 60 (by the editors)
  • 1992 (May/Jun). Current Archaeology 11:9/129, p. 392 (by A. & W. Selkirk)
  • 1992. Antiquity 66, pp. 636-63 ("A Light in the Dark: Archaeological Wiggle Matching and the Absolute Chronology of the Close of the Aegean Late Bronze Age" by S. W. Manning & B. Weninger)
  • 1992. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 58, pp. 432-35 (by S. Sherratt)
  • 1992 (Sep/Nov). Bibliotheca Orientalis 49:5-6, pp. 699-701 (by G. W. van Oosterhout)
  • 1992. Journal of Theological Studies 43, pp. 141-42 (by G. Auld)
  • 1992. Journal of Hellenic Studies 112, pp. 213-14 (by J. Ray)
  • 1992 (10 Dec). Nature ???, p. ? (anonymous)
  • 1993. Centuries of Darkness: A Workshop Held at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Chicago, Illinois, USA, December 1991 (Colloquenda Mediterranea A/2.1) 55 pp. (by A. Leonard Jr, F. Yurco, W. Dever, L. Wreidt Sörensen, J. Rutter, W. Coulson, I. Morris, M. Balmuth, L. Maniscalo, B. E. McConnell, G. Castellana, J. Weinstein)
  • 1993. Discussions in Egyptology 25, pp. 105-6 (by G. W. van Oosterhout)
  • 1993. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 3:2, pp. 271-83 ("Sicily during the Centuries of Darkness" by R. Leighton)
  • 1993. Discussions in Egyptology 27, pp. 101-4 (by D. Aston)
  • 1993. Orientalia 62:3, pp. 306-9 (by A. Frendo)
  • 1993. Levant 25, p. 217 (by R. P. Harper)
  • 1993. Current Anthropology 34:4 (Aug/Oct), pp. 398, 413, 419-20 (by A. G. Frank, "Bronze Age World System Cycles")
  • 1993. Journal of Field Archaeology 20, p. 362
  • 1994? Archaeology and Epigraphy ??, p. 27 (review of Mellaart's review of CoD in BAIS 1991/2 by A. R. Millard)
  • 1994. American Journal of Archaeology 98, pp. 362-63 (by W. Ward)
  • 1994. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 293, pp. 53-66 ("Early Greek Contacts with the Southern Levant, ca. 1000-600 B.C.: The Eastern Perspective" by J. Waldbaum)
  • 1994 (Jun). The American Historical Review 99:3, pp. 872-73 (by B. G. Trigger)
  • 1995. Journal of Interdisciplinary History 26:2, pp. 274-5 (by P. Kohl)
  • 1995. Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 32, pp. 43-57 ("On the Consistency of the Wandering Year as backbone of Egyptian Chronology" by L. Depuydt)
  • 1995. Discussions in Egyptology 33, pp. 11-32 ("Centuries of Darkness and Egyptian Chronology: Another Look" by J. Goldberg)
  • 1996. Journal of the American Research Centre in Egypt 33, pp. 153-63 ("A Critical Review of Dead-Reckoning from the 21st Dynasty" by G. Hagens)
  • 1997/8. Opuscula Atheniensia 22/23, pp. 157-60 (by H. Gerding)
  • 1999. Antiquity 73, pp. 431-39 ("An Ultra-Low Chronology of the Iron Age Palestine" by G. Hagens)


B. SEMI-ACADEMIC PERIODICALS AND POPULAR MAGAZINES:

  • 1990/1. Journal of the Ancient Chronology Forum 4, pp. 93-6 ("Time to Think Again" by B. Manley)
  • 1991 (8 Feb). The Bookseller, p. 61 (anonymous)
  • 1991 (Mar). British Book News, p. ? (anonymous)
  • 1991 (Summer). Oxbow Book News, p. 19 (by D. Brown)
  • 1991 (Jul). British Archaeological News, p. 51 (anonymous)
  • 1991 (Jul). Church Times ("Dating the Dark Ages" by W. H. C. Frend)
  • 1991 (25 Jul). London Review of Books, pp. 18-9 ("Collapses of Civilisation" by A. Snodgrass)
  • 1991 (Jul/Aug). Bible Study Monthly 68:4, p. 74 (anonymous)
  • 1991 (22 Aug). Country Life, p. 68 ("New Eyes Fall on Troy" by C. Tickell)
  • 1991 (Nov). History Today, pp. 52-3 ("Missing Links" by J. Ray)
  • 1991 (3 Nov). L'Espresso, p. 113 ("Secoli rubati", anonymous)
  • 1991 (Dec). Biblical Creation Society ("What's Happening to Ancient Chronology? A Personal View " by R. M. Porter)
  • 1991/2 (Dec/Jan). The Fortean Times 60, pp. 58-9 (by S. Moore)
  • 1992 (3 Dec). Journal of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem 3:5, p. 9 ("Phantom History" by D. G. Stewart)
  • 1992 (11 Dec). The Bookseller, p. 1798 (anonymous)
  • 1993 (Spring). Contra Mundum 7 ("A Chronological Revolution" by T. E. Wilder)
  • 1993 (15 Mar). Library Journal, 91-2 (by J. Gartland)
  • 1993 (Mar/Apr). Minerva, p. 38 (by P. Clayton)
  • 1993 (2 Apr). Church Times, p. ? (anonymous)
  • 1993 (May). Aeon 3:2, pp. 97-102 (by H. A. Storck)
  • 1993 (Jul/Aug). Choice, p. 1808 (by C. C. Lamberg-Karlovsky)
  • 1993 (Oct). Midstream, p. 38 ("To the Late Bronze Age Born" by H. Maccoby)
  • 1993 (Nov). L'Aveny, pp. 52-3 ("Siglos de Oscuridad" by S. Vich)
  • 1993 (Nov/Dec). Biblical Archaeology Review 19:6, pp. 6-10 (by J. K. Hoffmeier)
  • 1993. Chronology and Catastrophism Review 15, pp. 36-7 ("Centuries of Darkness?" by G. Gammon); pp. 38-39 ("Centuries of Darkness? The Reviewers Reviewed" by B. Newgrosh)
  • 1995 (Jan). The Bible Today ??, p. 55 (anonymous)
  • 1995/6 (Winter). KMT 6:4 ("Centuries of Darkness" by A. Dodson)
  • 1996 (Jun). British Archaeology 15 ("Keep the Darkness" - letter from N. Nail)
  • 1996 (Sep). British Archaeology 17 ("Back to Darkness" - letter from J. Dvoráková)
  • 1999. Chronology and Catastrophism Review 1, pp. 45-7 ("Centuries of Darkness Update" by R. M. Porter)

C. NEWSPAPERS:

  • 1991 (30 Mar). Northern Echo (by G. Engelbrecht)
  • 1991 (27 Apr). The Independent ("Dates of Ancient World Wrong by 250 Years" by D. Keys)
  • 1991 (4 May). Het Parool ("Archeologie telt 250 jaar te veel", anonymous)
  • 1991 (6 May). The Times ("Tradition Round the Twist" by B. Levin)
  • 1991 (17 May). The Times Literary Supplement ("Blind Dating" by K. Kitchen)
  • 1991 (30 May). Wandsworth Borough Guardian ("Four Set to Turn the Old World on its End" by M. McDaniel)
  • 1991 (1 Jun). Het Parool ("Het zwarte gat in de tijd gerepareerd" by E. Bon)
  • 1991 (21 Jun). The Times Literary Supplement "Centuries of Darkness" - letter from K. Kitchen)
  • 1991 (29/30 Jun). Financial Times Weekend ("Adrift in the Dark Ages" by G. Cadogan)
  • 1991 (4 Jul). Yorkshire Post ("Patterns from the Past" by G. Forster)
  • 1991 (18 Jul). Parikiaki ("London Based Greek Archaeologist Amongst Team that Makes New Discoveries" by L. Lambrou)
  • 1991 (19 Jul). The Times Higher Education Supplement ("Civilisation's Slight Intermission" by G. Barker)
  • 1991 (30 Aug). The Times Higher Education Supplement ("Pharaoh Shishak's Contemporary" - letter from D. Clithero)
  • 1991 (27 Dec). The Times Higher Education Supplement ("Missing the Slow Train to Egypt" - review of the year notice)
  • 1991 (23 Aug). Huddersfield Daily Examiner ("Let There Be Light" by D. Hammond)
  • 1991 (22 Sep). Ha'aretz (Hebrew translation Keys Independent article of 27 April)
  • 1991 (16 Oct). International Herald Tribune ("Light in Dark: Shifting the Sands of Time" by L. Colby)
  • 1991 (18 Oct). La Stampa ("La Storia pi corta di quanto dicono i libri" by P. L. Vercesi
  • 1991 (19 Oct). Il Messaggero ("E la Bibbia aveva ragione" by G. Infante)
  • 1991 (2 Nov). Evening Press Dublin ("Think Again, Historians" by B. Lynch)
  • 1991 (2 Nov). De Volkskrant ("Mes in chronologie van oudheid" by G. Wieberdink)
  • 1991 (17 Nov). The Independent on Sunday ("News from the Time Bandits" by A. Brown)
  • 1991 (24 Nov). El Pais ("Los banditos del tiempo" by A. Brown)
  • 1992 (7 Mar). Handelsblad ("Op zoek naar de Donkere Eeuwen" by T. Toebosch)
  • 1992 (19 Dec). The Guardian ("Paperback Digest" by D. Newnham)
  • 1992 (19 Dec). Western Morning News ("Digest" by L. Hall)
  • 1993 (10 Jan). The Sunday Times (anonymous)
  • 1993 (6 Feb). Cambridge Evening News ("Throwing Light on an Age-Old Riddle" by A. Kersey)
  • 1994 (6 Mar). Avui ("Trencaclosques" by G. Romero)

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2. OTHER CITATIONS

  • 1991 (Jun). S. Parker, "All men are Equal", Association of Libraries, pp. 84, 87
  • 1992. W. Biers, Art, Artefacts, and Chronology in Classical Archaeology (London: Routledge), p. 99, n. 6
  • 1992. E. Zangger, The Flood from Heaven (London: Sidgwick & Jackson), pp. 229, 243
  • 1992. I. Morris, "Review of Catling & Lemos' 'Lefkandi II'", American Journal of Archaeology 96, p. 562
  • 1992. M. S. Balmuth, "Archaeology in Sardinia", American Journal of Archaeology 96, p. 690
  • 1992. V. Hankey, "Review of Whitley's 'Dark Age'", Minerva 3:6 (Nov/Dec), p. 39
  • 1993. J. Yakar, "Anatolian Civilization following the Disintegration of the Hittite Empire: An Archaeological Appraisal", Tel Aviv 20, pp. 3-4
  • 1993. F. Millar, The Roman Near East (Cambridge, Mass.: Cambridge University Press), p. 264, n. 2.
  • 1993. G. D. Summers, Tille Höyük 4: The Late Bronze Age and the Iron Age Transition (British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara), p. 4
  • 1993. J. K. Papadopoulos, "To Kill a Cemetery: The Athenian Kerameikos and the Early Iron Age in the Aegean", Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 6:2, p. 15
  • 1993. I. Morris, "Response to Papadopoulos (I). The Kerameikos Stratigraphy and the Character of the Greek Dark Age", Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 6:2, p. 217
  • 1993. O. Murray, Early Greece (2nd edn; London: Fontana Press), pp. 320-21
  • 1994. O. Dickinson, The Aegean Bronze Age (Cambridge University Press), p. 17
  • 1995. J. P. Crielaard, "Homer, History and Archaeology", in J. P. Crielaard (ed.), Homeric Questions (Amsterdam: J. C. Gieben), p. ? (n. 8)
  • 1995. A. Kuhrt, The Ancient Near East c. 3000-330 BC, vol. 1 (London: Routledge), p. 14 (n. 8)
  • 1995. W. Burkert, "Lydia Between East and West or How to Date the Trojan War: A Study in Herodotus", in J. B. Carter & S. P. Morris (eds), The Ages of Homer: A Tribute to Emily Townsend Vermeule (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press) p. 146
  • 1995. F. Cryer, "Chronology: Issues and Problems", in J. Sasson (ed.), Civilizations of the Ancient Near East, vol. 2, New York: Macmillan, pp. 662-3
  • 1996. S. W. Manning, "Dating the Aegean Bronze Age: Without, With, and Beyond, Radiocarbon", in Klaus Randsborg (ed.), Absolute Chronology. Archaeological Europe 2500-500 BC (Acta Archaeologica Supplementum 1; Copenhagen: Munksgaard) pp. 25, 26, 34
  • 1996. L. Hannestad, "Absolute Chronology: Greece and the Near East c. 1000-500 BC", in K. Randsborg (ed.), Absolute Chronology. Archaeological Europe 2500-500 BC (Acta Archaeologica Supplementum 1), Copenhagen: Munksgaard, pp. 40, 44 (n. 17), 49
  • 1996. I. Morris, "The Absolute Chronology of the Greek Colonies in Sicily", in K. Randsborg (ed.), Absolute Chronology. Archaeological Europe 2500-500 BC (Acta Archaeologica Supplementum 1), Copenhagen: Munksgaard, pp. 51, 59
  • 1996. K. Kitchen, "1995 Preface", The Third Intermediate Period in Egypt (1100-650 BC) (3rd edn; Warminster: Aris & Phillips), pp. xliii, xlvi
  • 1997. A. Mazar, "Iron Age Chronology: A Reply to I. Finkelstein", Levant 29, pp. 157, 166
  • 1997. J. C. Waldbaum & J. Magness, "The Chronology of Early Greek Pottery: New Evidence from Seventh-Century B.C. Destruction Levels in Israel", American Journal of Archaeology 101, pp. 23, 25, 39, n. 125
  • Forthcoming. G. Kopcke, "A Greek Protogeometric Bowl Krater from Tel Hadar", Tel Hadar Excavations: Final Report (Tel Aviv University)

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3. SEMINARS AND LECTURES ON CoD

  • Mycenaean Seminar, Institute of Classical Studies, London, 16 October 1991, Vronwy Hankey: "Chronological Revolution or the Whirligig of Time? A discussion on Peter James et al., Centuries of Darkness".
  • Hartlepool Archaeological and Historical Society Lecture, Hartlepool Central Library, 29 October 1991, Peter James & Nick Thorpe: "Centuries of Darkness?"
  • Research Seminar, Department of Archaeology, University Of Durham, 30 October 1991, Nick Thorpe & Peter James: "Centuries of Darkness: Context, Methodology and Implications".
  • Workshop, Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Chicago, Ill., 30 December, 1991, A. Leonard, F. J. Yurco, W. G. Dever, L. W. Sörensen, J. Rutter, W. Coulson, I. Morris, M. S. Balmuth, L. Maniscalo & B. E. McConnell, G. Castellana, J. M. Weinstein, J. Muhly, P. Kuniholm: "A Review of Peter James et al. Centuries of Darkness".
  • 15th International Colloquium on Sardinian Archaeology, Tufts University, Mass., March 17-19 1995, Peter James: "Mediterranean Chronology in Crisis".

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4. SOME RELATED CONFERENCES & COLLECTIONS OF PAPERS

  • The Crisis Years: The 12th Century B.C.: From Beyond the Danube to the Tigris (ed. W. A. Ward & M. S. Joukowsky), Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt, 1992.
  • Studies in the Chronology of the Ancient Near East, in Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 288, 1992, pp. 1-66
  • Absolute Chronology. Archaeological Europe 2500-500 BC, Verona, April 20-23, 1995 (ed. K. Randsborg, Acta Archaeologica Supplementum 1, Copenhagen 1996)
  • New Light on a Dark Age: Exploring the Culture of Geometric Greece (ed. S. Langdon), Missouri University Press 1997
  • Lighten our Darkness: Cultural Transformations at the Beginning of the First Millennium BC from the Alps to Anatolia, University of Birmingham, January 6-9, 2000

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