A number of media are reporting on the recently published C-14 dating of an olive branch extracted from a geological layer dating back to the volcanic eruption at Thera. This major earthquake wiped out Minoan civilization and affected many parts of the eastern Mediterranean. The new date proposed by Walter Friedrich is 1613 BCE, more than a hundred years earlier than the date proposed by the traditional chronology. The find is fully published in Science Magazine.
The Independent (subscription required).
American press release from Cornell University.
Danish press release from the University of Aarhus.