This ARC is innovative in several aspects:
- It shifts the focus of study from the post-collapse phase (12th c.) to the 13th c. B.C.
- It does not take the Sea Peoples as reflected by the Egyptian sources for granted.
- 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.
- It advocates a ground-up approach, returning to the basic archaeological data and the essential epigraphic sources.
- It integrates both experienced and young researchers of a variety of disciplines.