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dating Egyptian dynasties

Hello,

I can understand how relative chronological sequences of Egyptian kings can be arrived at by archaeological investigations and ancient historical records.  What don’t understand, is by what means contemporary dates (i.e.,  c.1293-1291BCE for Ramses I) are ascribed to specific reigns.

There seems to be some variations between dates, such as those of Dr. P. A. Piccione, Ian Shaw (Oxford), and others.  Is this due to different methods of dating, or interpretations of the data.

Than you for your consideration,

Timothy Stevenson

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