Charles, you are correct. Although it is hard not to look at absolute dating since the experts in these fields do so on a regular basis dating rulers reigns to times within a few months. It is all very unrealistic in my humble opinion. Thus relative dating is the best I think anyone can really do.
Also, I also would like to wish all of you the best at this holiday and holy season. Surely "peace on Earth" is something we all can wish for?
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