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Black Sea findings support Biblical legends of floods
St Paul Pioneer (de)Press / NY Times ^ | 10/1/01 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD

Posted on 10/01/2001 6:05:20 AM PDT by Valin

Archaeologists have found evidence that appears to support the theory that a catastrophic flood struck the Black Sea region more than 7,000 years ago, turning the sea saline, submerging surrounding plains and possibly inspiring the flood legends of Mesopotamia and the Bible.
In their first scientific report, the expedition leaders said that a sonar survey conducted in the summer of 2000 in the sea off Sinop, a city on the northern coast of Turkey, revealed the first distinct traces of the preflood shoreline, now about 500 feet under water.
At one site, the sonar detected more than 30 stone blocks on a gently sloping but otherwise featureless bottom. Further investigation with remote controlled cameras revealed pieces of wood and other objects, possibly ceramics.

The site "appeared uniquely rectangular" in the sonar image, and the stone blocks did not appear to be part of a natural geological formation, expedition scientists reported in the Oct. 1 issue of the American Journal of Archaeology. Analysis of core samples yielded chemical evidence that archaeologists said is consistent with the interpretation that the site was once occupied by people.
"The expedition clearly has found a subaquatic landscape with materials that belong to the period before the inundation," said Dr. Bruce Hitchner, an archaeologist at the University of Dayton, Ohio, and editor of the journal, a publication of the Archaeological Institute of America. "They have confirmed an important element of the flood theory, quite convincingly I think."

Among the expedition's most striking discoveries were four Roman and Byzantine shipwrecks, several of them well preserved because of oxygen-deficient waters at the bottom of the sea.

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1 posted on 10/01/2001 6:05:20 AM PDT by Valin
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To: Valin
Duh?! If the Flood happened, it isn't a legend. I often wonder how people can use fossil fuel every day and not think how all that organic matter was turned into oil, gas, and coal at once. I was taught in school that coal comes from plant material. That was hard to dispute in those days. Kids could still break open coal and find the imprint of leaves. However, we did not got to the next level - asking how so much plant material got compressed into coal when it normally rots away. Ditto oil.

Many archeological finds are showing us that a vast, technological society existed on earth at the time of the Flood. The Great Pyramid proves that by itself. But now we have examples of pyramids all over the world, including China. I do not need these examples to prove that Genesis is correct, but it is fun to watch scientists wiggle out of the necessary consequences of their finds.

I live in the Grand Canyon state, Arizona. I cannot get over how guides view the largest ditch ever dug by water and declare that a river dug it out over thousands, hey millions of years.

2 posted on 10/01/2001 6:16:25 AM PDT by Chemnitz
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To: Valin
...after their discovery that mud grout wasn't waterproof, the Turkish stone shipbuilding business never recovered.
3 posted on 10/01/2001 6:17:29 AM PDT by Fredgoblu
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4 posted on 10/01/2001 6:34:45 AM PDT by Valin
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To: toddhisattva
Pete who? No, peat does not explain oceans of oil and huge veins of coal.
6 posted on 10/02/2001 12:12:45 PM PDT by Chemnitz
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