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Don’t Look Back: “extreme disarticulation and skeletal fragmentation in nearby humans.”

Your sky will burn, your cities rendered into ruins, your skeletons will be fragmented against those ruins… and then the salt from the sea will be slathered on your fields and your wife. Have a nice day:

An Ancient Disaster | “There’s evidence of a large cosmic airburst, close to this city called Tall el-Hammam,” Kennett said of an explosion similar to the Tunguska Event, a roughly 12-megaton airburst that occurred in 1908, when a 56-60-meter meteor pierced the Earth’s atmosphere over the Eastern Siberian Taiga.

The shock of the explosion over Tall el-Hammam was enough to level the city, flattening the palace and surrounding walls and mudbrick structures, according to the paper. The distribution of bones indicated “extreme disarticulation and skeletal fragmentation in nearby humans.”

Further proof of the airburst was found by conducting many different kinds of analyses on soil and sediments from the critical layer. Tiny iron- and silica-rich spherules turned up in their analysis, as did melted metals.

“I think one of the main discoveries is shocked quartz. These are sand grains containing cracks that form only under very high pressure,” Kennett said of one of many lines of evidence that point to a large airburst near Tall el-Hammam. “We have shocked quartz from this layer, and that means there were incredible pressures involved to shock the quartz crystals — quartz is one of the hardest minerals; it’s very hard to shock.”

The airburst, according to the paper, may also explain the “anomalously high concentrations of salt” found in the destruction layer — an average of 4% in the sediment and as high as 25% in some samples.


A Tunguska sized airburst destroyed Tall el-Hammam a Middle Bronze Age city in the Jordan Valley near the Dead Sea 

Heating experiments indicate temperatures exceeded 2000 °C. Amid city-side devastation, the airburst demolished 12+ m of the 4-to-5-story palace complex and the massive 4-m-thick mudbrick rampart, while causing extreme disarticulation and skeletal fragmentation in nearby humans. An airburst-related influx of salt (~ 4 wt.%) produced hypersalinity, inhibited agriculture, and caused a ~ 300–600-year-long abandonment of ~ 120 regional settlements within a > 25-km radius. Tall el-Hammam may be the second oldest city/town destroyed by a cosmic airburst/impact, after Abu Hureyra, Syria, and possibly the earliest site with an oral tradition that was written down (Genesis). Tunguska-scale airbursts can devastate entire cities/regions and thus, pose a severe modern-day hazard. . .

The rib bone is visibly salt-encrusted, measured by SEM–EDS at ~ 46 wt.% NaCl, and the NaCl content of the attached sediment was very high at ~ 54 wt.% (Fig. 46a). Anomalously high concentrations of salt were found only associated with the bones and sediment in the destruction layer at 1650 BCE, and not in strata above or below, indicating an unusual influx of salt at that time. The rib bone also exhibits several nuggets of silver and tin oxide (SnO2) (Fig. 46b) with morphologies suggesting that they splashed onto the bone and sediment while molten.

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  • Fred February 2, 2022, 11:28 AM

    Speech by the mayor of Tall el-Hammam, 1649 BCE:

    “Greetings to our newly arrived refugee brethren from the tragic and unexplained conflagration that recently leveled the ‘Twin Sin-Ease’ (as your tourism ads always called it) of Sodom and Gomorrah.

    “As a progressive leader, I had to quash many complaints by longstanding residents here that you would only bring crime, perversion and ruin to our fair Palace-Capital. However, I accused them of telling ‘Tall tales,’ and we all had a good laugh at these sticks-in-the-mud, which we then pulled out of the mud and used to drive these wet blankets out of town!

    “So … now that your all settled in … who’s up for Sodomy??!”


    • LS February 2, 2022, 12:01 PM

      That should be 1651 BC. 1649 would be a year after the event, if the event occurred in 1650, since at this point in history we are in countdown mode to the birth of Christ. As for BCE, that is ahistorical nonsense. If the historians want to remove the advent of Christ as the privileged marker of the two eras, let them come up with an entirely new timeline. BCE and CE both still count their days from Christ’s birth. Honesty demands transparency, and that means BC and AD should still be used. Anyone consciously using BCE and CE has joined the dark side.

      • Mike Austin February 2, 2022, 12:17 PM

        Yep. And they’re petty and silly as well.

      • Publius Americanus February 2, 2022, 6:13 PM

        BCE = Before Christ Existed
        CE = Christ Exists!!

        I like the new way they chose to celebrate our Lord’s existence……

        • Dan February 5, 2022, 5:52 PM

          BCE: Before Christ’s Empire
          CE: Christ’s Empire

  • Fred February 2, 2022, 11:35 AM

    Editing works really well … but I still put “your” where “you’re” should have gone. ARGH!

    • Mike Seyle February 2, 2022, 12:06 PM

      When I was the proofreader for a large PR firm, I learned to do a final check for “public” with the “l” missing. Once or twice a year, it’d happen, normally is some CEO’s press release, and spellcheck (or is it “spell check”? “Spell Check”?) didn’t have a problem with it. But yes, that “your” “you’re” thing will make you cringe when you miss it.

      • Mike Seyle February 2, 2022, 12:14 PM

        And it’s a good thing I quit, as I have a typo above (“is”), even after reading it twice. Wonder if we can get 10 minutes?

        • Kevin in PA February 2, 2022, 2:51 PM

          Do I hear 30 minutes?

      • gwbnyc February 2, 2022, 3:33 PM

        I was a proofreader at M&M’s.

  • Mike Austin February 2, 2022, 12:19 PM

    Lot’s wife in in there somewhere.

    • gwbnyc February 2, 2022, 7:06 PM

      the article mentions a lot of salt.

      got me thinkin’.

  • Mike Anderson February 2, 2022, 1:37 PM

    OK, if that’s not the Hand of God doing some serious smiting, I don’t know what is.

    • gwbnyc February 2, 2022, 3:34 PM


      • Snakepit Kansas February 3, 2022, 4:34 AM

        Jesus dropped a JDAM.

  • John Venlet February 2, 2022, 1:50 PM

    I can think of a number of cities here in the U.S., and elsewhere, where if such an event would occur, the benefit to those not effected by the blast would be huge.

    • Mike Austin February 2, 2022, 1:59 PM

      From a pastor who toured San Francisco some years ago: “If God doesn’t destroy this city He owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology.”

  • robert kendall February 2, 2022, 5:26 PM

    is that why the dead sea is so salty

    • gwbnyc February 2, 2022, 7:07 PM

      depends on the season.

  • Foo February 3, 2022, 7:56 AM

    Molten metal splashed on bone…ow.

  • Denny February 3, 2022, 8:45 AM

    Here’s a very good archeology lecture from Iowa State University. It’s about all of the recent discoveries of evidences for the reality of ancient Old Testament cities that so many “scientists” have for years declared to be imaginary myths.


  • jwm February 3, 2022, 9:01 AM

    A Tunguska event.
    Holy crap, now it’s giant meteors.
    Like over Los Angeles?
    I don’t care.
    I refuse to add giant meteors to the list of things to worry about.


  • Aggie February 3, 2022, 9:24 AM

    What an amazing story. Isn’t it interesting, the way an advance of science sometimes accidentally reinforces an ancient teaching?

    If the Old Testament is right, then, stay away from San Fransicko.

    • Mike Austin February 3, 2022, 10:13 AM

      Science is always trying to catch up to the Old Testament. Science changes its views every few years; the Old Testament, never.

  • Dan February 5, 2022, 5:53 PM

    Pillars of salt, eh?

    Interesting. Don’t bet against the Bible.