AS: When fringe flooders become droughters....... do you really think that's going to happen? They can't both be right.....
SC: What you will find is that flood and drought often go hand in hand. But that is to entirely miss the point here - which clearly you have.
First of all, there is considerable scientific evidence to support that an abrupt and lengthy drought (several hundred years duration) occurred at the end of the Old Kingdom period. This corresponds with Dodwell's obliquity data that shows the earth's axis tilted suddenly to around 26.5 degrees and concords with many ancient sources that tell how the 'sky fell'.
And secondly, there are several ancient texts that tell us that the ancient Egyptians were expecting a deluge that would 'drown all Egypt'. From the ancient Arab texts it seems they were expecting this to occur after the sky had fallen i.e. after the Earth's axis had been disturbed.
Now, whether the deluge actually materialised or not is not the point - the POINT is that the AEs BELIEVED it would come, that the 'sky falling' was the harbinger of deluge and drought. And so they prepared for the worst possible outcome.
Did the deluge occur? That's an entirely separate issue. But the AEs were not taking any chances.
Post Edited (27-Jun-12 10:18)