Rohl (Dave)

peter_kirk at peter_kirk at
Thu Sep 30 12:55:34 EDT 1999

I just want to clarify the point re the Millo, "vast stone terracing 
system" (Rohl) or fill which Kenyon discovered in Jerusalem. Rohl 
quotes Kenyon as follows: "There was not a great deal in the way of 
finds in the fill, but there was enough pottery, including a few 
sherds of Mycenaean ware and White Slip II milkbowls, to show that the 
date is c. 14th century BC." (referenced as Kenyon, PEQ 95 (1963) 
p.13). Rohl comments that the dating of this pottery has since been 
refined as Amenhotep III to Haremheb. Are you (or is Kenyon) now 
trying to redate this find to 7th-6th century? Or are you talking 
about a different discovery?

By the way, you are wasting your time trying to underpin correlations 
between Egyptian kings and the Sea Peoples as Rohl does not question 
these, only implicitly the identification of the Biblical Philistines 
as the Sea Peoples. We have evidence from the Amarna letters for an 
Indo-European people in Gath, Ashdod etc who also tried to establish 
rule over the central hills. Presumably these are not your famous Sea 
Peoples. Who can be sure (apart from a detailed look at chronology) 
which (if either) are the Biblical Philistines?

Peter Kirk

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Subject: Rohl (Dave)
Author:  <mc2499 at> at Internet
Date:    29/09/1999 16:41


..It seems to me that it merely takes advantage of the obscurity of the 
range of evidence for the status quo, physical data found in the works of 
Kathleen Kenyon, W.F.Albright and Gosta Ahlstrom, stratum upon stratum of 
continuous archaeological evidence -- the movement of Sea People's pottery 
in specifically Philistine areas from the coastal plain up into the more 
mountainous regions, as shown by stratigraphy, well before the 
archaeological period of the Millo (in fact the only evidence for the Millo 
comes from the 7th - 6th centuries, Kenyon p237).


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