Monday, January 20, 2014
In this program they talked about the archeology of discovering that old Jericho. It seems that in the time of Joshua's attack on Jericho, the city was perhaps in its third incarnation with a population of 1200. They said that at this time it was surrounded by a mud brick wall built 15 feet high and 6 feet deep, and this city was built on top of another, which was built on top of another, creating a mound that put the Jericho of the time 50 feet high. the lower wall was also mud brick, but the lowest was made of cut stone. Which suggests that whoever built the lowest stone wall had superior technology, that both of the mud brick walls were built by inferior civilizations. Of course today we're still using mud brick
(The term brick refers to small units of building material, often made from fired clay and secured with mortar, a bonding agent comprising of cement, sand, and water. Long a popular material, brick retains heat, with-stands corrosion, and resists fire. Because each unit is small—usually four inches wide and twice as long, brick is an ideal material for structures) Link to Article about brick , but of better construction. But the first wall was stone, meaning that they possibly knew more. The program suggests that Joshua's battle took place somewhere around 1400-1500 BC, the city was rebuilt on top of the one that went before, but how long before, how and why was it so covered over with dirt that they couldn't just rebuild it, or possibly didn't even know it was under there. The same question applies to the stone walled city. That was the first question that came to mind. The modern city of Jericho sits there in the valley and on the outskirts a mound that's said to be Joshua's Jericho, where they're exploring and have found the walls.
If you think about it, if entire cities have been covered and built over here, why not anywhere, everywhere? It's been said there are underground portions of many cities that few of us know about, London, New York, Rome, and others I'm sure. How does it happen?
More important is if there were civilizations in the distant, distant, distant past, with steel skyscrapers, freeways, computers, cars, trucks, airplanes, all the things that we're sure make ours the greatest that ever existed, perhaps they're buried, buried far below in the ground and built over. Something to think about.