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Dwaraka had settlements from the Harappan period, but then none of the sites associated with Krishna such as Mathura had anyone living there.
This is the problem that people who push for an earlier date fail to address.
As the dates are pushed back into the Early Harappan period, it also has to reconcile with the material goods present during that period.
After his grandson had run the country to ground, C14 dating was applied and the dates did not vary much.
Archaeology of Hastinapura revealed five distinct layers of occupation with dates ranging from pre-1200 BCE to the 11th and 15th centuries CE.
But whatever be the technique — textual analysis or astronomical analysis — it has to reconcile with what archaeology has found on the ground.
Among the dates proposed for Mahabharata, there are a few major ones.