The 8000 BC ‘Tower’ of Jericho at the site of Tell es-Sultan
It’s an 8.5-meter-tall (28 ft) stone structure, that wasn’t apparently intended to serve as part of the defenses of Jericho.
Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of more than 20 successive settlements in Jericho, the first of which dates back 11,000 years (9000 BCE), almost to the very beginning of the Holocene epoch of the Earth’s history. Copious springs in and around the city have attracted human habitation for thousands of years.
Epipaleolithic construction at the site appears to predate the invention of agriculture, with the construction of Natufian culture structures beginning earlier than 9000 BCE, the beginning of the Holocene epoch in geologic history.
Jericho has evidence of settlement dating back to 10,000 BCE. During the Younger Dryas period of cold and drought, permanent habitation of any one location was impossible. However, the Ein es-Sultan spring at what would become Jericho was a popular camping ground for Natufian hunter-gatherer groups, who left a scattering of crescent-shaped microlith tools behind them. Around 9600 BCE, the droughts and cold of the Younger Dryas stadial had come to an end, making it possible for Natufian groups to extend the duration of their stay, eventually leading to year-round habitation and permanent settlement.
There isn’t any evidence that the walls were ever breached (tumbled down) as in the Biblical accounts. Then again that could realistically have been to a different town called Jericho.
The world’s largest ocean sunfish compared to their size at birth.
There’s a backlog of more than 200 ships left waiting to cross the Suez Canal, after a container ship hit the side and got wedged in Egypt’s Suez Canal. Tug boats have been working to pull the stuck ship free, but the process could drag on for days.
Was the “wreck of the Ever Given” an exercise in how to do it, or an accident? Now that’s the question.
Number of deaths – caused by 1999 NATO bombings in Serbia
In Georgia, African-Americans comprise over 30% of the population. It should disturb you that there is a category in this map annotated as “American”. I won’t comment further because it would be considered to be ‘racist’.