Drowned Villages

3 Jan 2019

This one comes courtesy of Anne-Marie de Grazia. At www.q-mag.org/neolithic-avant-garde-village-in-israel-drowned-by-tsunami... ... we are told that around 8000BC sea levels rose enought to re-establish a link between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. By 7000BC the waters of the Persian Gulf were rising - and around 6000BC it rose again. Around 5000BC sea level rounded out to near enough modern levels (followed by minor oscillations). There is something wrong here but it is difficult to pin down as exponential sea level graphs can come up awry. Usually, sea levels are supposed to have panned out to near modern levels 5000 years ago (at 3000BC) and the big jump in sea levels occurred 8000 years ago (6000BC).

The nitty gritty of the story is that a 7th millennium BC village (which is now a marine archaeology site) was drowned. It is situated 100m from the coast, which is a fair distance away. It sounds as if it was drowned around 6000BC (or to be more exact at the sea level surge at 6200BC). Atlit Yam is a submarine archaeological site (just south of Haifa and off the coast of Mount Carmel). It is dated 6900-6300BC, not an exact date but an approximation, and is very close to the 6200 event. It is now 12m under the sea - which is over 30 feet down in the deep. This is not of course unusual as far as the Mediterranean is concerned as tectonic events have cause whole cites to subside. This one is more unusual as it involves not just one village but a whole lot of villages (and all the landscape between the site and the coast). It is thought the site was formerly a fishing village - although agriculture was practised in the hinterland. Wheat, barley and chick peas were being cultivated.

Israeli archaeologists have suggested global warming was to blame - and refer to the exponential sea level graph (a smoothing out of the data). However, we are later told a stash of several thousand fish, laid out according to size and cut open to dry, or to be salted, as well as a large amount of stored cereals, indicates the village was overwhelmed suddenly. The inhabitants were unable to save their hard earned catch. An Italian study has claimed an eruption of Mount Etna in Sicily around 8500 years ago may have created a tsunami wave that submerged the villages off Carmel. Unfortunately, tsunamis recede after crashing into land so the village would most likely have not remained submerged. Not only that, a circle of stones was left standing - which would have been uprooted by a tsunami wave.

The date of 6200BC is associated with a host of sea level changes in different parts of the world, from the North Sea basin to the Solent and western Ireland, to the Black Sea and Sunda Land (which is now the islands of Indonesia, a large land mass having being submerged at that date), and various other  anomalies. I won't repeat what I have said before but more and more evidence is accumulating that seems to show the geoid changed (and  the world' oceans were displaced and realigned). This is not the sort of thing countenanced by mainstream so do not expect them to look at it seriously. I suspect the Mount Etna theory will be polished up and regurgitated.