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

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 4 00:19:31 BST 2021

Fascinating. If true, this would be the first evidence of a town wiped out
by a meteor impact. I wonder if they found evidence of any rare Earth
minerals. That would be quite conclusive. That could have been the same
century that the Mediterranean island Thera blew its top.

On Sun, Oct 3, 2021, 11:40 AM <alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca> wrote:

> Archeologists have found a case where they think an exploding meteor
> destroyed a city:
> https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/sep-25-bronze-age-town-destroyed-by-meteor-global-warming-makes-animals-shapeshift-and-more-1.6187428/ancient-jordanian-town-destroyed-by-a-meteor-blast-may-have-inspired-biblical-stories-scientists-say-1.6187436
> 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
> remains
> 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."
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