This ARC is innovative in several aspects:

  1. It shifts the focus of study from the post-collapse phase (12th c.) to the 13th c. B.C.
  2. It does not take the Sea Peoples as reflected by the Egyptian sources for granted.
  3. It is multidisciplinary in that it combines theoretical approaches (crisis studies) with various archaeological and environmental studies, against a historical contextualisation based on written material. It is also unique in bringing together, for the first time, all specialists working on the Late Bronze Age within the Académie Louvain.
  4. It advocates a ground-up approach, returning to the basic archaeological data and the essential epigraphic sources.
  5. It integrates both experienced and young researchers of a variety of disciplines.