Skip to comments.Archaeologists say they uncovered King David's Palace
Posted on 07/19/2013 8:48:47 PM PDT by Fractal Trader
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You beat me to it.
I always wonder how a place becomes a “ruin”. Over thousands of years everything gets covered with dirt.
Either that or the Romans cover it in dirt, and more dirt piles up over the centuries.
Wow, how cool!
I read that one when it came out, more than 30 years ago. All I remember is that a major plot point involves trying to construct a one-man space capsule that can reach orbit...using what amounts to early 20th Century technology.
I read it as “A Spaceship for the King” I remember reading it and the Kelly Freas cover art, but I’ll be darned if I can remember anything about it.
Remember, they used to say Pontius Pilate didn’t really exist... until they were proven categorically WRONG.
Let me guess, they work for the Aye-raabs. The muzzies would try to to discredit anything that reminds them and others of the strong Jewish history of that area. I think I will disregard anything else that group has to offer.
It’s set in Pournelle’s CoDominium future history, and the planet in question has reverted to a “steam, steel, and coal” stage. When it’s re-discovered by the CoDominium, it will essentially be a protectorate due to its technological backwardness...but if it can demonstrate the ability to send someone into orbit, it will be allowed self-rule.
So with technology that hasn’t yet managed to re-invent the airplane, they have to make a spaceship.
In the Middle East especially--with wind and dust--ruins disappear very quickly, literally almost in no time. I had an archeology professor who told us how a dig he worked on, was shut down for the season and when they came back to work on it again 6 months later, it was already half-buried again in dust and dirt. The Middle East is generally a very dry, dusty, windy place....
Wars would happen, palaces burnt or torn down...vacant for a while, covered over in blown in dust & dirt, then someone else comes along, and builds on top of these structures--over and over. One can have 6 or more subsequent layers--and since height is an advantage, new builders never bother to dig out the old underlying structures. This is how the famous "tels" (hills where towns were rebuilt...over and over) in the Middle East are formed.
Jerusalem has literally thousands of years of rebuilding layers over and over each other. Herod the Great's (infamous king of Jesus birth) building projects are still all over--(he was an amazing builder) and 2nd to that, are the Crusader structures from the 1100s. Getting down through all the layers to David's time (3000 years ago) is quite an archeological feat--especially in Jerusalem.
This CAN'T be good! :O
History tells us that the “experts” once thought that Nineveh did not exist either.
Is there a word for the irrational rejection of things because they are mentioned in the Bible?
Yep. Same with Troy.
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