Re: [ANE-2] Reply to Qumran under water -- correction
- At 07:13 23/08/2006, David Hall wrote:
>I cited the wrong author of the C14 study in the prevousI checked my notes and found two URLs to topographical maps that are
>message. This one is corrected.
> <<Neev & Emery claim that during most of the 2nd mbc the DS level was
><<between 350 and 300 mbsl. For anyone who visited the area, and I
><<gather many here did, that's quite an amazing claim. It implies that
><<the Dead Sea extended much farther north and south. At 300 mbsl the
><<western shore of that lake would have been at the eastern parts of
><<today's Jericho. It would have been quite a sight."
> Jericho was supposed to be some 260 meters below sea level, and
> about 10 miles north of the Dead Sea. The south-eastern parts of
> the town were close to the 300 mbsl contour.
A map of the southern Jordan valley and the northern part of the Dead
Sea, in Russian, 50 meter intervals in the contour lines:
A map of modern Jericho (without the southern part) and the eastern
and northern surroundings, mostly Hebrew, 25 meter intervals:
>Dear David - I have the very bad feeling of someone just about to
> The ruins of Teleilat Ghassul from the Chalcolithic/EB era was
> supposed to be about 4-5 kms from the NE shore of the Dead Sea in
> Jordan. There were some wall paintings preserved from a controlled
> dig, including one in a collection in Amman that showed someone
> observing a bright star interpreted by some as a supernova. I
> presumed wall paintings would not be well preserved underwater. I
> could not locate the elevation of Ghassul exactly, but according to
> one map it is likely close to 300 meters b.s.l.
shatter a child's innocent dream and inform him there's no Santa :(
You have no idea what you're getting yourself into ...
5 minutes of checking:
In the 1970 heb. enc. of arch. digs I have Teleilat Ghassul at 280
mbsl. In the negev/gibson arc. enc. of the holy land it's 850 feet
bsl (~260 meters). The Jordan antiquities database has -290 meters in
the maximum elevation of its record for the site (no value in the
minimum elevation field).
Someone said "exact science"? ROFL ...
[Maybe like miles we have ANE land meters and nautical meters - land
metrics to be used when the site is dry, nautical metrics when it's
[100% bona fide dilettante ... delecto ergo sum!]
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