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In 1997, geologists Walter Pitman and William Ryan proposed the first truly novel interpretation of the flood in over 150 years. Their studies of sediments in the Black Sea convinced them that the body had been a freshwater lake until about 5600 B.C. When the rising waters of the Mediterranean broke through the Bosporus, "ten cubic miles of water poured through each day, two hundred times what flows over Niagara Falls."
With great intellectual daring, Pitman and Ryan have moved outside of their academic niche to suggest that this event had enormous consequences for human history. They marshal evidence from archeology, mythology, linguistics, and agriculture to describe a flood-driven diaspora of early farmers. Subsets of these people became (variously) proto-Indo-Europeans, Sumerians, Beaker People, Vincas, Tocharians--the founders of the early cultures of Europe and western Asia. --Mary Ellen Curtin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It's a good read, informative and holds the reader's interest.
There were, of course, many accounts of a great flood, including the story in the epic of Gilgamesh, some of whose elements are confirmed by Ryan and Pitman's work.
With more evidence likely to follow, this book is a must read for anyone interested in the history of the ancient world and its relevance to our civilization.
Having had the opportunity to hear a talk by William Ryan on this subject ,I wanted to follow up with his book. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Paula M Quinley
I'll first give a synopsis of the ‘old’ findings. Two scientists – William Ryan and Walter Pitman – published a scientific paper about Noah’s flood in 1997. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sanjay C. Patel
It was a good read and I like it because it makes more sense of the history of the middle eastPublished 6 months ago by Herman A. Niedzielski
Great book! Ties together recent geological history, archeology, mythology and language changes. I loved how the end of the last ice age period was tied in and the details of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by J. A May
I am always looking for scientific research that perhaps points to some small bit of truth behind the Bible stories. This book does an excellent job with regards to Noah's Flood.Published 9 months ago by Mr. John
There are a few good books about the Black Sea's history. This one expands the subject historically and geographically and offers insight for anyone traveling in the area,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Judy Popkin
This is a fascinating book by two Columbia University scientists who were involved in much of the research that serves as its foundation. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Richard B. Schwartz
Excellent use of science to resolve a historical and possibly religious conundrum. Combines history with a wide variety of biological and geological approaches to pinpoint when... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kenneth Nickerson
A sane and carefully substantiated theory carefully considering geological and other scientific fact deciding where there had been a flood catastrophic enough to leave its memory... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kealani