Originally posted by OptimistPrime
I was reading this article news.yahoo.com... and was
wondering if this topic was brought up and it was! Yes indeed there is a lot of history that needs to be re-explored and redefined. I have a few
theories on all these lost civilizations that are being discovered lately, but I will bite my tongue and utter TPTB.
Actually (I read the archaeological papers on this www.journals.uchicago.edu...
) "TPTB" know there are older sites to be
found and are trying to find them.
To scientists, Earth is a huge "Crime Scene: Prehistory!" We don't know much about the Earth and we are continually new evidence about our earlier
history. There's a race to find the oldest traces of towns and villages.
That said, 7,000 BC isn't that unusual... there are actually a few sites older than that. But 7,000 BC is right around the time that people all
around the Mediterranean started living in permanent settlements (with Real Buildings (often made out of dried mud) and had some stone buildings and
started domesticating farm animals and farming crops.
The first civilizations are in the same area but are actually older than 7,000 years -- TPTB (scientists) know they're at least 12,000 years old (and
we've TOLD people that the best evidence shows civilization arises right about the end of the last Ice Age, but nobody seems to want to listen to
One of the problems in studying this area is that there are constant wars (Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Israel) and it's very hard to do archaeological work
in the middle of a conflict. Imagine cops trying to investigate a crime scene while gangs around them are shooting at the cops and at each other --
that's the kind of difficulty encountered in studying these civilizations. Evidence gets lost or blown up or stolen and sold on the black market.
The area that's called an "oasis" is simply an area that was out of water when the earth was colder and was used as a resource for game and water
and so on. They didn't find any great stone temples (they found pots and flint knives and the like).
P.S. Science is ALWAYS being rewritten... and so is history. Imagine if we never changed our school textbooks -- you'd be learning that Washington
was still president of the United States (but nothing about any presidents after that) and that when someone has a cold or pneumonia, you put live
leeches all over their body to make them better and that "bad air" gives you malaria (nobody suspected mosquitoes back then... they thought it was
just bad air.)