quinta-feira, 22 de agosto de 2013

Seca, terremoto e as origens de Israel

We believe that an earthquake storm lasting 50 years, from about 1225 to 1175 B.C., substantially contributed to the collapse of Late Bronze Age civilization in the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean. Nearly 50 Late Bronze Age sites in this region show evidence of catastrophic destruction, according to Robert Drews of Vanderbilt University. These devastated Late Bronze Age sites correspond very closely to sites struck by damaging earthquakes documented over the last century. These sites, it seems, have been earthquake-prone throughout history—and probably long before that (Nur and Cline).

A sharp drop in rainfall may have led to the collapse of several eastern Mediterranean civilizations, including ancient Greece, around 3,200 years ago. The resulting famine and conflict may help explain why the entire Hittite culture, chariot-riding people who ruled most of the region of Anatolia, vanished from the planet, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE (Archaeology Briefs).

Para os interessados no debate sobre as origens de Israel, este post de James F. McGrath pode ser proveitoso:

Drought, Earthquake, and the Emergence of Israel [Seca, terremoto e o surgimento de Israel] - By James F. McGrath: Exploring Our Matrix - August 22, 2013.

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