Backwards Facing Armageddon

13 Apr 2020

William sent in this link - ... Armageddon is in the Revelation of John, the last book of the Bible. It is a play on the name of the city of Megiddo - which was destroyed on a number of occasions, mainly because it is near an active fault system and earthquakes have been fairly common in the historical past. In the Bible it is the apocalyptic site of a great battle but in this piece it is way back when, way back further than 10,000 years ago - way back to the Younger Dryas boundary event. It is basically another take on the remains of the village of Abu Hureyra in Syria - subject to an article a few weeks ago that claimed it was destroyed in a cosmic explosion (the debris from a comet impact). The  village of Abu Hureyra came to  an abrupt end nearly 13,000 years ago - with evidence of glass melt that required extremely hot temperatures, way hotter than a domestic fire, bonfire, or landscape fire. This is a particularly good summary of the situation, and the published paper, quite unlike the superficial report highlighted at .. concerning a post at on March 29th. The geologist in  that supposed the YDB comet created a crater - as a comet features loudly in the Comet Research Group information archive. The commenters then weighed in, wondering how a single comet could have caused devastation in differenct parts of the world, sometimes at sites many miles from North America. None of these people seem to have actually read the published paper - but the chap at EOS clearly has got a handle on what they said. It is possible the comet was itself a fragment of a bigger comet but the important point is that the researchers think the comet broke into several pieces when it encountered the atmosphere of the earth. Many of these, if any, actually reached the ground. They exploded as air bursts - which is the where a comparison with the Tunguska object springs to mind. There never was the idea of a single impact. It is all in the heads of the detractors of the Younger Dryas boundary event. What we have is multiple Tunguska like air bursts, exploding in the atmosphere, vapourising soil and vegetation underneath the exposions and producing powerful shock waves (as a result of blast). The village at Abu Hureyra was hit by one such shock wave - or that is the theory projected by the authors of the paper.

The treatment by EOS is in distinct contrast to the mainstream geologist at WattsUpWithThat (the guest blogger) and is one in several on the same subject where he seems to get hold of the wrong end of the stick each time - where it is obvious he has only read the media press releases rather than the actual published papers on the YDB event. The EOS link is well worth a read if you don't want to wade through the several pages of the actual paper at ... published by Scientific Reports. The village was then left abandoned for an indeteriminate period - coinciding with the cool weather of the Younger Dryas period and movement of game etc. In the next phase of occupation (nearby) people using similar bone and flint tools as in the original settlement. Does this mean the former inhabitants returned. Nobody can be sure but this phase represents an agriculturally based society rather than a pre-agricultural one like that destroyed (or abandoned). One has to wonder if they had a safe space to hide - in a cave or a hole in the ground. See ... for clarification of the archaeology. Proving the cometary theory is an uphill process as many people appear to resist it for reasons difficult to fathom. Then we have those who seem to think it was all down to lightning. Not the sort of lightning bolts envisaged by the Electric Universe folk but ordinary down to earth lightning - over and over again (on many occasions), all hitting the same village apparently. Is that as far fetched or more so than the comet theory?