Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

#1262 Recent storms and the 400,000 year old man

Ashkelon discovery

Ashkelon discovery

Storms in the eastern Mediterranean caused significant damage to one of Israel’s most important and most visited archaeological sites: Caesarea Maritima. Heavy waves crashed through the breakwater and threatened the 2,000-year old remains on shore. We have a further discussion on this week’s program, as well as information on the discovery of a beautiful Roman statue at Ashkelon, also linked to the storm.

The history of mankind may go back not just 200,000 but 400,000 years, if the discovery in a cave near Rosh Ha’ayin checks out. Rosh Ha’ayin is near the headwaters of the Yarkon River, next to Tel Aphek, where I dug in 1978. At the other end of the Yarkon River, along the Mediterranean shore, archaeologists have been investigating an ancient fort that was attributed to the time of King Solomon. A closer look has yielded new dating. These three stories are on the agenda for this week’s program.



One response

  1. You said, “…if the discovery in a cave near Rosh Ha’ayin checks out.”

    The speculative dating of 400k wasn’t discovered in the cave, nor was it obtained by a “closer look”. It’s the product of an imaginative but irrational mind. If you dig beyond the absurd headlines, you’ll discover just how flimsy the evidence is. I took the time to do this for “early” humans at es-Skhul in Israel, & was shocked when I learned that what young-Earth creationists alleged was actually true. I encourage everyone to do a little of their own research.

    January 13, 2011 at 11:34 pm

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