Thevillageatheist Post #119
I am not saying it flooded in Egypt other than rain. But it rained so hard after the whatever (Burckle Impact). That the method of building changed from mud to stone. Not just in the big structures but also in the smaller ones too.
I need to check out the Ebla tablet, I remember not only reading the Ur was next to the ocean but there was a map with the theory showing the old coast line. I looked on the web and just grabbed the first one that came up. http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/hum213/Maps/Maps2HistoryAncient.htm
This all made sense to me, because the only items I can add are reason. And it is reasonable if was by the ocean or a delta. Looking at all large cities of the time. They were all located next to rivers or a good fresh water source. And many next to rivers and oceans, fish for food and water for transportation. Deltas supplied a resource of birds for food.
Ur had none of these items; it went against all building at the time unless the theory is correct that a large delta was close by and got filled in by the flood.
I remember having trouble with the theory because of the distance in involved. But it was the theorist idea that there was this huge shallow mud delta from Ur to the ocean. And looking at the Mississippi and Nile delta, and then calling up the depth maps of the Persian Gulf, I could see the delta was much different.
The elevation of Ur is twenty feet. Just above high tide storm surge levels if the delta or ocean was close by.
Now I know what today’s history is telling us. But you tell me, Ur today could not feed twenty people, how did it ever feed 65K?
The flooding of the Euphrates is not like the Nile that leaves deposits of fertile soil.
So this whole concept of the canals is good. And history says they used canals, and fine with me. But the land over time would have gotten depleted. Ask any farmer, rotation of crops help but, you need fertilizer to farm. Otherwise there would have been cities of millions of people living in the Euphrates Valley.
Off subject, I was reading about the ancient farming in the Amazon River area. Flooded each year but no fertilizer to be able to grow enough food for any size of population. But now they are learning that the natives knew this and used methods of farming to compensate for this problem. So the very first reports may have been correct that there were large populations in the Amazon.