> Hi Lee,
> Yes, that's the part that caught my attention. The
> initial flood was catastrophic, followed by more
> gradual raising of the levels to the current
> IMO it just pushes the dates for movement along
> the Black Sea and into Mesopotamia and the Middle
> East to an earlier time. Those civilization didn't
> arise out of nowhere and this would have allowed
> them time to develop. After the initial deluge,
> they would have been forced out gradually as the
> lake increased and grew more saline.
I'm right there with you. Ironic this would come up, and when I say thanks for the link I mean it, as I am slowly working on a book which I just finished the rough draft of the 1st chapter that deals with flood myths, namely how its origins come from Mesopotamia, which chapt 2 is going right here to this topic of discussion namely where did the event of the Flood myth occur, when, and who were the people who were forced to migrate as a result and where did they go. My working timeframe for the Flood has been 6,000BC and there are several events that may fit the bill that all occurred at this time with the Black Sea flood being but one. This paper concludes it dates a little older which kind of throws a monkey wrench into where I was going but it got me thinking of other possibilities.
The main cultures of the period c. 6,000BC in Mesopotamia are the Halaf and Ubaid. The Halaf are in the north running in a swath from Syria through Anatolia to the Caucasus. The Ubaid, which are really the true progenitors of Mesopotamian civilization, supposedly came from southern Iraq c. 6500BC which they quickly spread out all across Mesopotamia, the Levant, and Anatolia. New finds in Syria though are pushing their northern occupation to 6200BC which the 6500BC date in the south isn't all that secure anyways. To make along story short, I am on the hunt for the origins of the Ubaid which I had always theorized came from the north regardless of the dating, but this has been nagging at me: Lost civilization under Persian Gulf?.
In recent years, archaeologists have turned up evidence of a wave of human settlements along the shores of the Gulf dating to about 7,500 years ago. "Where before there had been but a handful of scattered hunting camps, suddenly, over 60 new archaeological sites appear virtually overnight," Rose said. "These settlements boast well-built, permanent stone houses, long-distance trade networks, elaborately decorated pottery, domesticated animals, and even evidence for one of the oldest boats in the world."....
"Perhaps it is no coincidence that the founding of such remarkably well developed communities along the shoreline corresponds with the flooding of the Persian Gulf basin around 8,000 years ago," Rose said. "These new colonists may have come from the heart of the Gulf, displaced by rising water levels that plunged the once fertile landscape beneath the waters of the Indian Ocean."
Posited to have been brought about by the outburst flood of Lake Agassiz c. 6000BC.
So the question I am grappling with is did the Ubaid originate from the south somewhere in or beyond the Persian Gulf or north from the Caucasus?
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 27-Sep-17 20:14 by Thanos5150.