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iron age began when ?

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  • mike white
    Discoveries At Nineveh by Austen Henry Layard http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/txt/ah/Layard/index.html this unusual change in the quiet face of the river was
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      Discoveries At Nineveh
      by
      Austen Henry Layard
       
       
       
      "  this unusual change in the quiet face of the river was caused by a great dam which had been built by Nimrod,[1.4] and that in the autumn, before the winter rains, the huge stones of which it was constructed, squared, and united by cramps of iron, were frequently visible above the surface of the stream.  "
       
         this shoots-down many notions on when the iron age began, since ninevah was built before babylon, and is possibly the oldest known city. 
         since iron was known and used from the earliest time in its meteorite form, its unlikely that it was smelted so long after copper as some persist in thinking.   the age of gold and silver surely knew of iron, but chose only to use it for base and crude objects, like hidden masonry joinery.  
         nimrod probably used an iron alloy, or pored lead over the iron, to keep it from rusting away in the course of these thousands of years, under water most of the time.   
         construction methods used at ninevah remind me of tiwanaku more than anywhere else. 
       
       
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