Skip to comments.Gaza Bronze Age Remains Disappearing Under Concrete
Posted on 11/01/2017 7:35:16 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Palestinian archaeologist Moain Sadeq says the mound at Tell es-Sakan near Gaza City is a "unique" site that could offer an invaluable glimpse into the region's ancient heritage. It is "maybe the only fortified Canaanite city in southern Palestine" occupied continuously from 3200 to 2000 BC, he says. Since it was discovered by chance in 1998, the man-made mound has been scarred by bulldozers more than once. A few weeks ago the earthmoving equipment returned yet again, destroying a large part of archaeological excavations carried out in 1999 and 2000 by Sadeq and his French colleague Pierre de Miroschedji. The land was to be cleared for homes for public officials in the Palestinian territory ruled by the Islamist Hamas movement... The latest attempt to build over the ancient mound was the third time the site has been threatened by bulldozers since 1998... "The damage is very, very significant. Ancient dwelling structures and sections of the ramparts have been destroyed. Moveable artifacts have been taken away," he said... The oldest finds are remains of Egyptian design of clay dwellings, ceramics, stone tools and fragments of pendants. Pottery was found that could be linked to Narmer, Egypt's first king, whose seal has been located elsewhere in the Gaza Strip, indicating Gaza's close ties with its giant neighbour 1,000 years before the pyramids were built... Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since 2007, has been accused of neglecting the strip's past, especially its pre-Islamic heritage.
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A recent attempt to build over the ancient mound at Tell es-Sakan was the third time the site has been threatened by bulldozers since 1998
Good. Make the rest of Gaza disappear under concrete.
Sorry, the subterranean land is sorely needed for tunnels to carry and store scuds, rifles, ammunition... oh, and and connecting passageways under the border.
I cut out the biased anti-Israel garbage in the piece, which is from the reliably left-wing Phys dot org -- y'know, the ones who regurgitated the glorification of mass-murdering commie icons a few years back?
With all the digging (of attack tunnels) these scum do 24/7 you’d think they’d find exotic and ancient treasures every day!
What? You want HAMAS & Islamic Jihad to “preserve” history and their own sites?? They’re too busy diverting all their resources to killing Jews, forget about history, they’re living for that bright and wonderful future when they’ll kill all the Jews...
Well, since there is no “Palestinian” archeology other than Hebrew and Cananite, there’s nothing for the fake-prone arabs to do but to bulldoze everything in sight.
Unfortunately this disregard for important archaeological or historical sites is not limited to the Palestinians--many countries are guilty of it. It is a struggle in the United States to preserve Revolutionary War or Civil War battlefields from development.
The clue was Bronze Age. Philistines had iron.
Actually knowing a tie in from the end of the Bronze age might shed some light on the people mentioned in Genesis in the Bible.
It has been theorized that the Bronze age collapse also allowed for the settlement and establishment of the kingdom of Israel.
Groups like muslims in general and palestinians in particular always kind of reinforce my theory that human civilizations have risen and fallen many times in the past, but there always ends up being groups like leftists who work with resource at their disposal to destroy it, followed by groups like muslims who then finish the job and eradicate all evidence there was anything there in the first place by destroying buildings, libraries, art, and historical monuments, while keeping only enough technology around to war with other muslim sects until it is all gone and humanity lives again in the stone age for a few millennia
There was no Bronze Age collapse, apart from the arrival of forces armed with steel. Attributing something that happend in the 15th c BC (the Conquest) to an alleged event that happened in the 13th c BC never made any sense, anyway.
There's been no scientific dating of Narmer, per se. The only way to get that would be to try some sort of radiometric dating on the Narmer palette, literally his only unambiguous monument. The RC dating on human hair samples proved to be about 800 years before the Great Pyramid, so 1000 (the old date) is definitely in the ballpark, at least. There's no apparent connectino between Narmer and Aha et al, and the Egyptians referred to their supposed founder as Min (Menes), a name also attested from at least one Akkadian record. It seems likely that Egypt made a big deal about the unity and the two crowns precisely because Egyptian unification was unuaual. Menkaure, grandson of Khufu, was succeeded by his son, apparently, but the son is assigned to the 5th dynasty, and reverted to building mastabas on a site south of Giza.
>>>apart from the arrival of forces armed with steel.<<<
So there was a collapse. Interesting you assert one negative while also affirming the premise right after that.
Also recent scholarship agrees that there “was” a collapse.
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