[LMB] OT: historical analogue for the meteor in The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
Sun Oct 3 17:40:03 BST 2021

Archeologists have found a case where they think an exploding meteor 
destroyed a city:


Quirks & Quarks
Ancient Jordanian town destroyed by a meteor blast may have inspired Biblical 
stories, scientists say
Archaeologists at the site found partially melted ruins and shattered human 
CBC Radio · Posted: Sep 24, 2021 3:51 PM ET | Last Updated: September 24

A thriving town in the Jordan River valley was utterly annihilated by the 
explosion of a meteor 3,600 years ago, which produced a flash and shock wave 
that scorched and shattered buildings, animals and people.

That's the scenario painted by a large collaboration of archaeologists, earth 
and space scientists who have been studying the remains of the Bronze Age town 
at a site called Tall el-Hammam in Jordan, not far from the Dead Sea.

"The significance to its past pales in what it foretells for the future, 
because this is going to happen again," he said. The Tunguska event shows 
that the Earth can still be struck by destructive objects from space, and 
if something similar were to happen over a city or populated region, the 
devastation would be enormous.

"It just took it out in an instant, so that's a serious warning of what 
could happen — what will happen — in the future."

Alayne McGregor
alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca

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