Geological and Archaeological Layers|
Full Dim Archaeology|
Chart Old Kingdom
The Late Bronze Age
Critical View of Dead Reckoning|
Comparing Archaeology of Megiddo and others
Layers and Their Associations
The era of giant plants and animals
The time span of Noah's terrific flood
Questions on Layers
Flint tools and Ages
The Late Bronze Age
Notes & References
Egypt's Old Kingdom|
While most of us are used to see vertically arranged chronological time lines in revised view some of those layers are to be understood in an overlapping, horizontal fashion. Because such an arrangement is different, our attempt shall be tentative for the most part, while we continually research the literature to fill in the blanks.
We do not understand these distant eras to be sharply definable but rather understand them to stretch in both, horizontal and vertical directions, world wide and over long time periods (but not as long as convention has it) in various locations, with ups and downs of circumstances. They thus necessarily flow into each others eons and geography.
We also do not subscribe to a steady state of particle matters in our universe.
We shall not state all reasons for such scenarios since they are already described and posted by CIAS in various papers and on the subject of creation/evolution issues by other websites to which we shall provide easy to use links.
Time goes down
No occupational sites can be assigned to this era.
1) Survival by Means of Genetic Reserves|
2) Unique Sequential Genetic Reserves
3) Punctual and Precise Cyclical Genetic Reserves
4) Punctual and Precise Arousal Genetic Reserves
5) All Genetic Reserves Function At Once
|Pre-Deluvian||The era from ca. the middle of the age of Adam to Noah's flood ostensibly affecting the whole earth. No occupational sites can be assigned to this era.|
The era of giant plants and animals.|
As was thought for a long time this was before crude oil and natural gas. Today information is coming forward that oil is not only a product of decaying plant matter but probably both, biological and a natural, non-biological product of streams of methane gas rapidly rising from huge deep earth concentrations. These are thought to form into crude-oil at the mantle-crust interface, ca. 6,000 meter (20,000 feet) below the surface. As such, oil is a renewable, primordial soup continually manufactured by the earth under ultrahot conditions and tremendous pressures, according to researcher Dr. Thomas Gold and Here. As this thickening crude migrates toward the surface it is attacked by bacteria making it appear to have an organic origin dating back to the dinosaurs. [See also Creation, Jun 2005, p. 9.]
The time span of Noah's terrific world wide flood.|
The only easily seen and, for all we know, verified object of Pre-Deluvian times is the geological feature south of Mt. Ararat in eastern Turkey. Discovered through aerial photography in 1959 at first it was explained away and dismissed as artifact. However, since the 1978 earthquake the regularly spread out petrified rib-timbers of a ship some 515 feet (300 Egyptian cubits) long including detectable remains of metal rivets have been studied and officially declared to be the place where Noah's Ark came to rest. [More detailed `Powerpoint' presentations are available in the San Francisco Bay Area upon contact. Topics: a) The Toledoth of Genesis, b) Noah's Ark, c) Sodom & Gomorrah, d) The Old Kingdom, e) The Exodus, f) The Queen of Sheba, g) The Early Israelite Kings.
|Deluvian||The time of the break up of the fountains of the deep, simultaneous, giant tectonic movements of the earth's crust and massive flooding from different directions.|
Emergence of two major population groups.|
(Stone Age) 
These include peripheral populations eking out a living in harsh environments including caves.
These include the major population centers in Asia and the Near East.
Quality of life would depend on many factors: like tectonic activities, geographical location, climate, population morbidity, density or proximity, and population's individual characteristics.|
Certain events in Palestine could lead people leaving behind artifacts and evidence which would later be interpreted as belonging to a Stone Age. After Jonathan had attacked and overcome a Philistine garrison at Geba. This defeat mobilized the Philistines to call up their remarkable military strength and ready for a fight with Israel. Hearing and seeing this mighty army caused ... the men of Israel ... then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits." (1.Sam. 13:6)
|Chalcolithic||Time goes Up||The ovoid storage jar with flat base and flaring neck had been considered to originate in the Chalcolithic Age and throughout the EB, dying out within the course of the MB I period. States, "... the MB I period makes it clear that ceramic typology is not only a useful tool for discerning chronological change, but also an index of cultural change."  Still, we hold that relying on pottery type chronology is a dangerous business in archaeology where written evidence should regain its proper function.|
|For the ancient Middle East we have only one literary tradition reaching back far in time and that is the Hebrew Bible. Genesis, having been written on clay tablets according to ancient customs according to its own, internal evidence, was transmitted from the days of the family of Adam by its members via the patriarchs and finally compiled by Moses - See Toledoth|
|The Ubaid, Uruk and Jemdet Nasr periods would largely parallel the early city centers of Anatolia, Mesopotamia, Palestine and Egypt.|
Factors affecting differences in artifactual evidences of type sites could include:|
a) early class system separation due to human differences,
b) cultural differences,
c) economic factors,
d) political factors,
e) religious factors.
All of these are powerful factors which could account for archaeological type finds.
|Did Abraham use a flint knife?||
We conclude that the Stone Age could be found right outside the gates of emerging city states and was therefore contemporary.|
Mixing between these cultures was markedly curtailed due to factors enumerated above.
|Rural Subsistence Living||Population Center Living|
|The world's vast majority may fall into this group.||City dwellers left more artifacts since their life style produced more richer appearing and survivable goods.|
|Ubaid||Uruk||Jemdet nasr||Patriarchs||Early Dynastic|
|Parallel Eras - Regions|
|Dyn. of Akkad||Dyn. of Ur||Old Babylonia|
|Megiddo||Lachish||Conventional Date||Vel's Date||Samaria Equivalent Layers||Beth Shean||Eras||Comments|
|I||I||600-332||Samaria IX-Greek imports|
|II||II||734-600||Samaria VI-VII||Iron Age IIC|
|Samaria VI-VII||Iron Age IIC|
|IVB||IV||Philistine||Samaria I-III pottery||Assyrian cubit|
(0.495 m- appears first between 699-650 BC)
|930/900-734||Samaria I-III pottery||Iron Age IIB||Assyrian cubit|
|VB||Vb||880-760||Samaria I-III pottery (880-840)|
|VA||VI||Philistine||Samaria I-III pottery|
|VIB||1130-1000 Philistine||850-800||Samaria I-III? (810-760)||Myc. IIIB pottery|
|VIA||1130-1000 Philistine||800-760||Samaria I-II (760-710)|
|VIIA||1550-1130||Late Br Age I-III|
|VIII, LBIIA||Late Br Age I-III||conv. EA Period|
|IX, LBI -bichrome||1550-||Late Br Age I-III|
|X||2000-1800||Middle Br Age II-III|
|XI||Middle Br Age II-III|
|XII||2350/2300-2000||Middle Br Age I|
|XIII||2350/2300-2000||Middle Br Age I|
|XIV||2950/2900-2350/2300||Intermediate Br Age|
|XV||before -2950||Early Br Age II-III|
|XVI||Early Br Age II-III|
|XVII||Early Br Age II-III|
|XVIII||Early Br Age II-III|
|XX||6000-2950/2900||Early Br Age I|
Layers and Their Associations in Various Locations according to conventional chronology
|EB II - Middle EB Age|
|EB III - Conquest||6th Dynasty context||Palestinian wares found|
|EB IV||Signs of abandonment|
BA, Sept. 1987.
|First fast potters wheels products; egg shell thin sides, elaborate forms. Syrian influence noted. 12th & 13th dyn. context.||Said to show re-urbanization, more farming.||Wheat, barley, cereals, legumes, various fodders, olives, grapes, figs etc., vegetables. Sheep, cattle and goats, rare horses, no camels.||At the location of Tell el-Hayyat by Pella, a high percentage of pig bones were detected together with all the things mentioned to the left. They assume the Tell is also MB Age.|
MB II - Middle Bronze Age|
2200 - 1550
|Beth-Shemesh||Findings: flints, ceramics, series of tombs||Evidence of tin-bronze metallurgy found. 2% or more tin in copper is bronze.||Copper is found locally, tin is thought to come from southern Russia, north of the Caucasus, from the Taurus Mtns, Turkey or from Afghanistan as of 1987.|
|MB III||Israel in Palestine phase.|
LB II - Late MB Age |
1550 - 1200
|Beth-Shemesh||Findings: rebuilt city prospers, proto-Canaanite inscriptions, a cuneiform tablet, a jewelry hoard, copper smelting furnace.|
|LB III - LBA Divided Monarchy||Pig bones found in >||
Tel Batash / Timnah
Tel Miqne / Ekron
|Iron I||Pig bones found in >||
Tel Miqne / Ekron
Tel Batash / Timnah
|Iron I 1200 - 1000||Beth-Shemesh||Findings: variety of artifacts makes it difficult; Canaanite pottery & column bases in "Patrician House"; scarcity of pig bones (like at Shiloh and Mt. Ebal); fire destroys village; village rebuilt; orientation of houses is altered; earthen floor replaces thick plaster; use square monolithic columns;|
|/||Iron II 1000 - 586||
|Findings: reconstructed as administrative cntr.; laid out in careful plan; protected by strong wall; storehouses present; a spacious building; a water reservoir;||1000 - 586|
|BAR, Jan 97, p. 48.||Iron II||
|Findings: city remains well fortified; two chambered gate is built; perhaps by Amaziah (798-769) or Uzziah (769-733)|
|Findings: prevalence of handles inscribed with "LMK" - military & administrative cntr of Hezekiah (727-698); olive oil production;|
|Findings: Sennacherib destroys city;|
|Findings: Surviving Judahites reoccupy city; settling around water reservoir;|
|Findings: Philistines block water reservoir; abandonment of site;|
||Signed Ramses 2 stone of a finger ring.||Findings: Canaanite, Egyptian, Cypriotic & Mycenaean ware which probably had contained burial goods were found on top of and around the coffin. - A carnelian seal of Ramses II is said to have been left behind by grave robbers. We would say, it was left behind in Persian times whose anthropoid coffins are here because of their conflict with Ramses III /Nectanebo during the Sea wars. That is how Cypriot and Mycenaean wares are found together, because Greek mercenaries accompanied the Pereset/Persians on their march to Egypt. The time of Ramses II/Necho, is indicated by his chief of staff, by the name of "Necharomes" lived some 200 years before the seawars of Ramses III and the Peoples of the Sea.|
Questions on Layers|
a) The need to place the history and religion of Israel in the context of its contemporary world, to treat biblical history as part of and continuous of the total of ancient Near Eastern history.
b) Others taught a more form critical analysis of biblical literature which, it is said, did not take Canaanite and ancient Near Eastern forms sufficiently into account. These were criticized because they used more often than not mostly internal biblical data.
New Aspects of the Chalcolithic Culture
We read this interesting comment: "It is only recently that a specific branch of Chalcolithic culture has come to light in the Golan, and although there is much that remains unexplained, a definite picture is beginning to emerge as the result of excavations at a number of sites. Not only is the nature of this form of Chalcolithic settlement becoming clearer, but the extent of its distribution is seen as widespread - in all probability stretching well beyond modern frontiers." [Claire Epstein, A New Aspect of Chalcolithic Culture in ASOR, No. 229, Feb 1978, p. 27-45.]
In revised view, we may look upon this statement as underscoring that the Chalcolithic culture represents the living areas of the poorer populations across, probably, many ages. But what if someone asks, `If the Chalcolithic age represents the poor areas, why is there no pottery found from other ages?' Well, our answer may be, `As soon as pottery of other ages is found, of course, such a site would cease to be attributed to the Chalcolithic age.' Therefore, the above statement that the picture that emerges as a result of excavations may be somewhat misleading. We would say, nothing emerges solely as a result of excavations but rather as a result of the interpretations of excavations.
In a footnote, Dever says his term EB IV is the same as Albright's MB1, and Kenyon's Intermediate EB-MB (p. 295). This would make it the same as Thompson's EB4/MB1 period. In the same volume, David Ilan contrasts Middle Bronze Age I-III with the "preceding Intermediate Bronze Age" . [T. Levy, ed.. The Archaeology of Society in the Holy Land, New York: Facts on File, Inc., 1995, p. 282, 297.]
This information indicates that definitions of eras among some archaeologists may be used in different ways so that one's EB III, may be another's MB I or some other sub-classification. That in turn seems to indicate that such layer labeling is highly subjective which is also suggested by the widespread lack of specific charting as to thicknesses of layers, basis of differentiation, continuity or lack of it over three dimensional space, etc.
There is A Need to Distinguish between layers (a cross sectional, vertical feature seen from the side) and the bird's eye view of a `carpet' level of a layer in excavation reports. In archaeological digs, amazing, often horizontal layers in cross section can be noted in the fresh soil. In time, however, the immediate appearance of these colors disappears depending on heat and amount of moisture present. Sometimes the layers are quite distinct, other times less so. But each layer represents the effects of a cause. While the layers are generally more or less horizontal, they are seen in vertical digs. To understand their meaning, removal of an area of soil is required to learn their horizontal, `carpet', extent. Removing a layer makes it more difficult to follow its level in all directions. Archaeologists are not always certain they are still in the layer they were first interested in when seeing it merely on the side of a trench. Since layer thicknesses are seldom stated (presumably because they can change so much or be lost track off), archaeologists are bound to make assumptions on its real significance. It is not always the case that the longer people lived on a surface the deeper a layer will be. This should give us pause on how reliable all these assigned layers really are. We like to believe in accurate assessments, but since the limiting factors are often not reported, we may be inadvertently misled. In science, as in archaeology, probability factors should play a part. Once artifacts are classified to represent certain periods, and if the classification employs a misleading chronology, then all bets are off. This may be exemplified by what has been called "one of the most advanced digs of the period" of Macalister at Gezer. "He dug over 3/5 of the mound but discerned no more than 8 of the 26 strata we now know to be present." This is part of the first revolution (1848-1940) which emphasized a) stratification and b) pottery assignment in place of just `treasure hunting. The second revolution (1918-1940) changed, what is referred to as the largely intuitive to a systematic (Albright) method. The third revolution (1948-1970, Kenyon) dug smaller squares leaving in between cat-walks to preserve depositional layers, but publication fell behind making it difficult to judge this periods merits. The fourth revolution (1970- present) brought in team work of specialists and student workers bringing in their ideas of natural science, social science, ethnography, and environmental studies - in short largely evolutionistic views which in our view leads to unfailing errors in overextending history and `proving as their paradigm or point of faith, the unreliability of the Biblical record at any cost'. (So who can trust anything they say?)  Unfortunately, our revision shows that, indeed, erroneous chronologies underly the writing of ancient historical events by modern authors. It seems that without written instructions , the interpretation of archaeological layers is a very subjective task and ought not to replace, in particular, the testimony of the ancient biblical literature.
Flint tools and Ages:
The Ghassulian culture is regarded to be a specific branch of Chalcolithic culture first seen in the Golan region. In 1973 a drystone rectangular structure was found which showed no evidence of a roof and contained stone arrangements interpreted to have been altars or table altars on the basis of a schematic pillar figure nearby. Objects found included vessels, sherds (pithoi), flint tools like adzes, borers, sickle blades, perforated disks and fan scrapers; also found were basalt bowls, mortars and grinding stones. Items clearly belonging to agricultural pursuits. Carbonized pea seeds and charred olive seeds were found. Above all they shared cultic features like fertility symbols in iconography, pillar-form house gods and animalizing pillar figures. Could this culture represent Israelites during the period of their apostasy? [Claire Epstein, A New Aspect of Chalcolithic Culture in BASOR, Feb 1978, p. 27-45.]
The Late Bronze Age
"In spite of recent advances in scholarship, absolute dating of the Late Bronze Age remains poorly defined. There also seems to be problems with lacunae in the records. `In Syria the 12th and 11th centuries BC following the destruction of many LBA sites like Ugarit and Ras Ibn Hani, has long been regarded as something of a Dark Age, supposedly like that in other areas of the eastern Mediterranean.'
(1) Dever, BASOR, 288, (1992,19).
(2) Peter James, I.J. Thorpe, N. Kokkinos, R. Morkot, J. Frankish, Centuries of Darkness (London, 1991).
(3) Reviewed in CJA 1:2 (1991), 227-53.
Notes & References
 There was only one Ice Age which resulted from warmer oceans. It affected the northern hemisphere of Eur-Asia and America. England was under an ice sheet to about London, the northern half of Ireland was covered, all of Scandinavia, northern Germany to about Nantes and the Loire River, over to about Longt. 44°E & Lat. 48°N in a fairly straight line along the Danube/Donau River. In America all of Canada was under ice which came down to about the Columbia River in Washington, in a northern bow over to the Dakotas, down toward St. Louis, with an uncovered island in Wisconsin (between Minneapolis and Davenport), and then up in a craggy line toward Main. - If the oceans were 85° F (29° C), copious rainstorms and strong winds would have affected these areas until ocean waters gradually cooled over a 500 year period for all the ice to melt away in the following 200 years. Today deep ocean temperature is about 39°F. The aftermath of the Great Flood in the days of Noah brought on a series of colder summers (av. Temp 20-40°F lower than now in northern Canada and Europe) due to atmospheric particles uplifted by many violent, volcanic eruptions since the Great Flood affected the crust of the earth in many places. That means summers were shorter and snow and ice did not melt bringing on the Ice Age. This shows that rising of high mountains and `Green House Effect' cannot produce an ice age. In general, evolutionary assumptions have not been helpful in explaining what we see. - Why was the ocean so warm after the Flood? Because the Bible says, ". . . all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened." ... "and the ark went upon the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered. (Our high Mtns are post Flood) And God remembered Noah, and . . . the fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained." See Genesis 7 and 8.
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