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It is true that the Nile once ran west. Byron Khun de Prorok and Alonzo Pond mentioned finding the old course during their expedition to find the tomb of Tin Hinan in 1925. Pond, an archaeologist at Beloit University returned to the Algerian Sahara for followup work among the Tuaregs. Prorok's account was published as "Mysterious Sahara" in 1929. Pond's book was published around the same time as "Veiled Men, Red Tents and Black Mountains". During the expedition evidence of human occupation dating to around 300,000 BCE was found in several caves. This would place them at the time of the Neanderthals before the emergence of anatomically modern man. Several more Neanderthal sites have since been discovered along the northern coast of Africa and one near the Faiyum Oasis. As far as I know the Neanderthals are not known to have constructed any large scale engineering feats; a stone circle forming the foundation of a hut in France seems to have been the limit of their achievement in construction.

By the time nomadic pastoralists began to migrate toward the Nile as the green Sahara savannahs gave way to desertificaton, 7,000 + BCE, the Nile had assumed its present course. I do not think they had the knowledge or numbers to divert the Nile's course then much less earlier. Therefore, I must presume the alteration in the course of the Nile must have been the result of natural processes.

I am certain other more knowledgeable posters here can give you a much more detailed summation of the geological history of the Nile's course.

YvesLegault wrote:

> I have seen Graham Hancock in one video saying the following:
> "I do not say they have put the NIle there to impersonate the
> Milky Way beside the Orion constellation. I think they have
> used what was before them to make a quite accurate copy of the
> sky."
> If one look at the Nile form it's source downward, he will see
> that, it apparently went West at one time. It may have been the
> main source of water for the Sahara region before it's coourse
> was possibly changed for due North, it's current path.
> If some people in the past were able to built the Baalbeck
> platform, drill diorite at Puma-Punku or erect huges statues
> all over Easter island, I do not see this as unthinkable that
> the course of the Nile might have been artificially changed at
> some point in time.
> What I find fantastic is the work and ideas of Robert Bauval
> being streched by that much.
> Looking at a topographic map of lake Victoria it is quite easy
> to beleive it covered most of Tanzania, including lakes Albert,
> George, Edouard, Kivu Tanganyika, Rukwa and Malawi.
> The Nile currently goes down to lake No where is path change 90
> degrees, from North to East, for about 120Km. Could it be
> close to lake No that his path was changed?
> At Karthoum, the White Nile and the Blue Nile merge together.
> Could that be the place where the nile used to go West into the
> Sahara?
> Past the city of Karthoum, the nile goes Nort for over 500Km,
> then it turn South-West for 300Km, through the Merowe
> Reservoir, and then back North from the vilage of Al Dabbah.
> The Nile then resume it's course North for over 1,200Km into
> the Mediterranean see via the Assouan reservoir.
> I have heard of satellite photo able to show us the old river
> and lake beds. What would such a study show along the path of
> the Nile?

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The Nile 92 YvesLegault 29-Nov-13 21:42
Re: The Nile 41 David Campbell 30-Nov-13 04:59
Re: The Nile 66 Skatha 30-Nov-13 06:06
Re: The Nile 73 David Campbell 30-Nov-13 06:39
Re: The Nile 71 David Campbell 30-Nov-13 07:36

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