- Dec 2011
Medinet Habu inscriptions. Which are probably describing an entirely local event. Sure, there was warfare all over the place...
Define "local" ? All Mediterranean bordering areas including the Levant and parts of Asia ? Cline's overview is larger than this.
The Medinet Habu inscriptions were "concise" (Cline p2) statements about a confederation of foreign countries, that were islands, that were intent on invasion.
We cannot rule this out. We cannot prove a negative. Cline's approach, I think, is to show that there were patterns of decline or disruption that were on a more global perspective, reaching beyond the areas usually associated with the sea peoples.
So, even if we included some type of coordinated invasion, that would not, in itself, describe the evidence that we have, or more accurately, the lack thereof, in regard to the sea peoples and their supposed impact on the kingdoms of this period.