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Monday, 2 January 2017

Civilizations before 4,000 BC and Black Death

A NYT article on Ireland's mysterious tombs of 4,500 BC finally pushed me in the right direction. I started looking for pandemics and found what I was looking for in a Los Angeles Times article: "The plague's deadly pedigree goes back 3,000 years earlier than thought".

LA-T: "Turns out the plague was, er, plaguing humans far earlier than once thought. A study [in the journal Cell] of ancient DNA pulled from human teeth in Asia and Europe finds that the bacteria Yersinia pestis had infected humans as far back as 2,800 to 5,000 years ago – perhaps three millenniums earlier than expected."

It makes perfect sense that a deadly pandemic disease followed the Great Flood of 11,000 BC to 4,000 BC. It also makes perfect sense that humans all around the globe built religious structures to worship against the Great Flood and its subsequent diseases (eg, black death or plague). The simplest answers are often the best answers.

Some 5,000 years later, another version of "the Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people and peaking in Europe in the years 1346–1353" (Wiki). 

The diagram on the left was originally used in my 11 April 2015 blog.

The Black Death wiped out entire civilizations in Asia and Europe, probably similar to some 5,000 years ago

Wiki: "Black death diseases (e.g. gastroenteritisdiarrhoea, and skin diseases) due to lack of clean drinking water and sanitation pose a serious new risk to flood victims. On 14 August [2010], the first documented case of cholera emerged in the town of Mingora [Pakistan], striking fear into millions of stranded flood victims, who were already suffering from gastroenteritis and diarrhoea."

A lethal combination of a Great Flood (global sea level +140 meters in 7,000 years) and the earliest known outbreak of the Black Death, could and would explain why Sumerian clay tablets refer to even older sources. Wiki: "The Sumerian calendar of Nippur dates to 3500 BCE and was itself based on older astronomical knowledge of an uncertain origin" (see my 5 February 2016 blog).

The Sumerian King's list refers to many kings well before 4,000 BCE and also to devastating floods. It's unlikely that this is an early example of fake news. Ultimately, this issue of early civilizations is another example of Philosophy and Science as a Belief system

"And yet the wiser mind mourns less for what age takes away than what it leaves behind". A quote from William Wordsworth.

Time Stood Still (1991) by Bad English - artist, lyrics, video, Wiki-1Wiki-2, Wiki-3