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

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 4 01:47:42 BST 2021


I found another article on Tell el-Hamman at www.nature.com it's the
research document by the archaeologists who's excavating the site.

On Sun, Oct 3, 2021, 6:19 PM Raymond Collins <rcrcoll6 at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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."
>>
>> --
>> Alayne McGregor
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