Skip to comments.Death from above? Fireball may have destroyed ancient Syrian village
Posted on 06/21/2020 9:53:35 AM PDT by BenLurkin
13,000 years ago, something very bad seems to have occurred, leaving a layer of carbon suggesting dramatic fires. But for much of the last decade, scientists inspecting the remnants of the village have debated what happened, unable to decide whether the carbon formed during an airburst or during more mundane fires among the thatched huts.
So Moore decided to reexamine the glass in more detail. His analysis of the glass composition matched a 2012 finding claiming an airburst had destroyed Abu Hureyra, suggesting that the villagers' bucolic lifestyle ended suddenly when one or more fragments from a passing comet exploded in the air nearby.
Moore and his colleagues heated fragments of the glass in a laboratory furnace until they had fully melted, which occurred at 2,400 F (1,300 C), establishing a lower limit for the temperature the spheroids had originally been exposed to. But it took higher temperatures for the quartz and other particles on the exterior to melt.
The researchers also compared the Abu Hureyra material with glass melted at other prehistoric impact sites on Earth and found many similarities. The wealth of meltglass dating to roughly the same timeframe suggests to researchers that thousands of pieces of debris shed from a comet slammed into Earth's atmosphere 12,800 years ago, impacting more than 40 sites across North America and Europe.
The new findings by Moore's team match a 2007 hypothesis that Earth experienced several multi-continental airbursts. Since an individual comet or asteroid large enough to cause such widespread destruction is unlikely, the researchers suspect the disparate impacts were possibly caused by cometary debris.
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This might have been previously covered?
I’ll stay with the Biblical account.
no, it was an IDF secret weapon
I may have read something similar, but the original account does not quite describe a bucolic village . . .
Genesis 19:24-25 “Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah - from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities - and also the vegetation in the land.”
A piece of the Clovis comet?
The timing is about right.
Let that be a lesson: never substitute the town slut in a virgin sacrifice.
In reading this story, I mentioned to my son, Sodom and Gomorrah, and he asked me if I meant her!
Thanks BenLurkin. And all these years I thought Detroit was Rock City.
Thanks BenLurkin, nice find! I don't think this has been covered, but if it has, I don't even care, not least because of my geriatric memory loss.
The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes:
Flood, Fire, and Famine
in the History of Civilization
by Richard Firestone,
Allen West, and
Sounds like a mini-Tunguska incident
Uh, no. Wrong era, wrong spot, utterly unrelated. Try this keyword:
Related as to type of natural disaster.
:^) Only if Tell Hamman is the site of one of the Cities of the Plain.
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