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Chronology & Catastrophism Review 2002 Abstracts

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Natural Catastrophes in the Ninth Century AD, by James T Palmer and Trevor Palmer

Records from northern Europe throughout the 9th century AD, especially during its central decades, describe political and environmental turmoil accompanied by frequent sightings of comets and other celestial phenomena. Although the evidence is insufficient for definite conclusions to be drawn, it could, with good reason, be taken to indicate that an encounter between the Earth and debris from a disintegrting giant comet occurred at this time. If 9th century archaeological, geological and climatic evidence from around the world is also taken into account, it is hard to deny that some major catastrophic mechanism must have been at work, whatever its precise nature.


The Case for Retaining a Dark Age at the end of the Late Bronze Age, by Phillip Clapham 

The idea of revising history of the ancient world involves erasing what have become known as ‘Dark Ages’, fragments of history that are little-known from archaeology and written documents. Is this admissable, or is it simply convenient? It could be argued that some revisions of history have avoided the plot – they have failed to acknowledge the nature and the causes of the dark ages.


Genesis and the Origin of Species, by David Salkeld

About 20 years ago I came across a remark of Velikovsky re: the biblical record before the flood. He added a throwaway sentence [1] to the effect that the creation stories in the opening chapters of Genesis belong to a much later, post-deluge period. He didn’t say what led him to that conclusion. My aim is to show why I think he was right. ………………………………


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Commemoration of the 2300 BC Event, by Moe Mandelkhr

The Earth’s encounter with the Taurid meteorid stream in 2300 BC was a terrifying experience, involving heavy loss of life. The overwhelming fall of meteoroids occurred at the same time as intense flooding which people were helpless to resist. It was commemorated by people all over the Earth for thousands of years and is even commemorated today, though the meaning has dimmed with time. The present paper covers: 1. the likelihood of an intense encounter with the Taurid stream, 2. the likelihood of a frightening light and sound show, 3. the likelihood of death and destruction due to flooding accompanying a meteor fall and, 4. the likelihood of the event being remembered. ……………


Did Artaxerxes III Despoil the Temple in Jerusalem?, by Emmet J. Sweeney

A fundamental principle of Gunnar Heisohn’s work is that the so-called Neo-Assyrians must be identical to the Persians. Heinsohn was forced to that conclusion for a very simple reason: Mesopotamia could provide little or no archaeology for the two centuries during which it was part of the Achaemenid Empire. ……………………..This Persian disappearing act constitutes more or less a ‘dark age’ in the historiography of the ancient Near East. …………..


Velikovsky and the El-Amarna Period, by Sjef van Asten

A combination of Velikovsky’s thesis, the ‘Glasgow Chronology’ and the studies of Gunnar Heinsohn indicate that the el-Amarna period can be placed in the 7th century BC. The data from these chronologies are supported by additional arguments from Egyptian and biblical history and from Greek legends and point to about 680 BC for the end of the el-Amarna period. Although some fine-tuning is required, the final conclusions do not contradict previous studies on Assyrian history indicating the end of this period at the end of the 8th century BC.


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