First Legend Introduction
First Farmers. First Domestication. First Legends.
The following section is an introduction, a framework, to the First Legend - a background to what is discussed further on this site. If you are new to this site the following will seem strange even radical but for the main part it is backed up by what scientists have uncovered about our past. It all begins a long long time ago, 500,000 years ago. It was a time of the arrival of the Prince’s staff when primitive man was still in the stone age. Prince Caligastia, who was chosen as a member for Lucifer’s personal staff, departed with his entourage from a location you could say is in "heaven" and arrived at their headquarters in Dalamatia, a city located near what was to become Mesopotamia. The map represents the area at that time. The Persian Gulf basin was dry with the main river running through it. The city was most likely built very near the river. It was green with vegetation.
Caligastia was in charge of
organizing the mission intended to advance the welfare
of very early man. It is a common practice for all evolving worlds. At
that time, this first city was located at the
the largest human population. Today remnants of it are beneath
the head waters of the Gulf. Included with the various angelic
the Caligastia one hundred. They were volunteers
(celestial) who received the Andonite (human) germ plasm
when they were repersonalized here with material bodies. They had human bodies with the
ability to procreate. “And much of
mythology grew out of the garbled legends of these early days when
these members of the Prince’s staff were repersonalized on
Urantia as supermen.” (Urantia Book, Paper 66 The Planetary
Prince of Urantia p743-4).
And this is why the later Sumerian cuneiform tables recorded this event
as the gods, their Anunnaki, coming to earth from heaven and linking
Dilmun with Dalamatia.
Dilmun the First Nodite City
Dilmun was located on the flat plain leading to the foothills of the Zagros, Iran, and that is where the Sumerians got their cuneiform writing from. So, that means the origin of writing with a cuneiform shaped stylus is Elamite. "At the beginning of the historical era they had long since lost the alphabet of Dalamatia, having adopted the peculiar writing system originating in Dilmun." (UB 860)
The rebels of the Caligastia 100 were the progenitors of the Nodite race living in the “Land of Nod” (the eastern or Elamite Nodites - the east of Eden where Cain went to find a wife (Gen 4:16). It was shortly after the start of the Rebellion that the rebel members of the 60 had sex with humans when they realized they were no longer immortal. They needed to increase their numbers. These men and women became the gods of early mankind and were the origin of the Watchers. On page 857 the Urantia Book says that the offspring of these members of the Prince's staff and the Andonites, evolutionary man, were far superior in almost every way to aboriginal humans “...These mutant traits appearing in the first Nodite generation resulted from certain changes which had been wrought in the configuration and in the chemical constituents of the inheritance factors of the Andonic germ plasm. These exceptional Nodite/Andonites were numbered as the “mighty men of old.” The biblical reference for these people is “Nephilim” (Urantia Book 856). These children of the gods were hybrid humans. It would be this new race of people who were so fiercely proud of their heritage that they kept the memory alive from those so ancient times.
It may not be apparent at first but the location for the "birthing" of this new race, the Nephilim, is somewhere in the very general vicinity near the northeast shoreline of the Gulf basin. It was where they built Dilmun. They became hunter-gathers like everyone else but because they were so extraordinary their memory was kept alive by legend. There are really two legends here. One is the memory of events associated with the rebellion which the Nodites kept alive within their culture. The second is of the Nodites themselves those giants of lore, a story repeated generation after generation by those who knew them. As their stature grew, these "mighty men of old", so did folklore stretch them bigger than life size. We today know of the stories of giants who supposedly lived in antiquity. We also know because of biblical and other sources of the Lucifer Rebellion. However, these two great legends have become separated over millenniums and by today's understanding are not connected. That is one of the purposes of this web site - to bring the various stories from prehistory together so we can understand what happened so long ago.
"The Book of Jubilees gives another account of how the Watchers fell that is similar to 1 Enoch. It explains that the Watchers originally descended to the earth to teach mankind and do what is just, but they 'sinned with the daughters of men because these had begun to mix with earthly women so that they became defiled.' (Jubilees 4:22)" (http://www.deliriumsrealm.com/delirium/mythology/watchers.asp)
This site, the First Legend, is about this prehistory which is related to the Sumerians - the events that happened in the early Paleolithic the Old Stone Age. It is about the endurance of symbols and their meaning. And it is about a people, the Andites, who are a result of ancient events and their importance as the carriers of these legends and disseminators of its symbols.
Four pivotal events concerning the First Legend are: the coming of these celestials who are called the Watchers in the Bible and the Anunnaki named as such by the Sumerians, the Lucifer Rebellion, the coming of Adam and Eve and the eventual emergence of the Andite race. Some of the symbols related to these events are: the Tree of Life also known as the World Tree, the Great Goddess and the serpent and the bird (whose presence is at the top of the Tree of Life).
So this page is my story of the great Andite adventure, how they came to be and their relationship to the Sumerians. It is epic in scope from the time before the first farmers to the first urbanites. Early man did very little for almost almost one million years surviving as a hunter-gatherer and using only stone tools. Then the greatest revolution of all occurred at the time of the Garden and the Andites. It was the Neolithic Revolution that would forever change the world with the beginning of civilization. That spark which ignited the start of it all occurred around 12,000 BC. and spread over the entire planet.
First a little history concerning evolution of early man as currently understood:
Early Man and the Family Tree
1,000,000 BC Homo
The umbrella species of erectus has more to it than Homo erectus. There is first and foremost the Asian H. erectus. The African counterpart would be H. ergaster followed by H. georgicus (Dmanisi Georgia) and H. floresiensis (the Hobbit-like hominids from Indonesia). Others not included are highly debated.
Urantia Book: Homo erectus, or at least a species of this hominin, is called Andonite that originated in Asia and is our ancestor. (Since there is so much debate among the paleontologists as to its origin, Homo egaster has for some become the new African Homo erectus).
UB: 900,000 BC Badonan Tribes Homo erectus
UB: 900,000 BC Homo heidelbergensis
UB: 800,000 BC Homo neanderthalensis
500,000 BC Archaic Homo
China: Near the Jiefang Village, Dali County has been fount the Dali cranium and is estimated to be about 200,000 years old. Even at this transitional point in time the Dali cranium is still considered as archaic H. sapiens. "While Dali's vault is relatively robust, with a mixture of H. erectus and H. sapiens traits, the facial skeleton is much more like those in modern H. sapiens." "There is also a great deal of anatomical variation in the Chinese "archaic Homo sapiens" group. It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next decade, or so." Indeed, the Chinese government is pouring a tremendous amount of money into Chinese archaeology and related sciences. (http://www.peterbrown-palaeoanthropology.net/dali.html)
Urantia Book: At this time another evolutionary leap occurs, which is sudden. It is one point at which science and the UB agree on dates. These newly appearing humans from the northwestern highlands of India, an area known as the Siwalik Hills, are called the Sangiks (the origin for the races of color). These Sangiks were Andonite descendants. They are one bridge from H. erectus to us. The Urantia Book includes that they were more intelligent. They did eventually make their way to Mesopotamia and had contact with the regime of the Planetary Prince. As the Sangiks are the colored races, we are familiar with the red, yellow, brown and indigo (black). Three others such as the orange, green and blue are now extinct with the blue evolving into the white race. The green race could be that olive color we sometimes see in skin undertones and is found in the Mediterranean and elsewhere. There are four main haplogroups, the African, Asian, Native American and European. To date the are a total of 153 but the number is growing.
200,000 BC Anatomically Modern
Humans Homo sapiens
Currently in the Levant the earliest "out of Africa" AMH fossils that have been found, as dated by Wikipedia, has them tentatively at about 80,000 - 120,000 years ago (note the vast difference in dates from the preceding paragraph) using electron paramagnetic resonance and thermoluminescence dating techniques. That's a difference of 40,000 years between the two methods for the same thing so it pays to know by which method artifacts are dated - if you can find that out. It was these dates that were the earliest for the out of Africa migration. With the publication of Jeffrey Rose's paper on the "Gulf Oasis", that may change these dates to 128,000 years ago. The lithics discovered at this location do not seem to be African.
"Far from finding East African-derived lithic technologies spilling over into Arabia, freshly unearthed evidence points to a conspicuous lack of connection with African lithic industries following the last interglacial (Rose and Usik 2009). These industries tend to exhibit a distinct Arabian tradition, suggesting minimal demographic input from outside the peninsula."
"Consequently, as potentially one of the largest and most stable sources of freshwater in southwest Asia for the majority of the Late Pleistocene and the Early Holocene, it is germane to consider that the Gulf Oasis was home to a sizable human population."
Gulf Oasis hypothesis proposes a heretofore undocumented indigenous
community at the nexus of the ancient world, ground zero of the
Agricultural and Urban revolutions. Not only does the proposed scenario
introduce a new and substantial cast of characters to southwest Asia at
the critical Pleistocene-Holocene boundary [9700 BC], it also supplies
ecologically driven mechanism — fluctuating landscape carry
capacity within an isolated environment — that is thought to
played an important role in shaping cultural evolution throughout the
of the main arguments of the Out of Africa theory is that very early
man exited Africa at upper Egypt and entered the Levantine corridor.
now includes the tip of southwest Arabia into the
following somewhat inland of the shoreline to Jebel Faya and continuing
into Asia - 2 entrance
at the map the same can be said for a migration "Out of India" (archaic
Indus river system to the Indian Ocean and then westward to the "Gulf
including Jebel Faya. All they needed to do was to walk there. This
would have been the warmest and easiest route to take. Many ventured
directly deeper into India to the southeast. But the
situation is still complicated. If the following quote, which is for
AMH in the Levant, is any
indication then the answer to our ancestral history is fraught with a
future array of problems: "We
are of the opinion that the variability found amongst the fossil people
of Mount Carmel is greater in degree and in kind than is to be observed
in any local community of modern times. Had the Mount Carmel people
been discovered—not collectively, in one place, but
in diverse localities, each excavator would have been convinced that a
new and separate form of humanity had been unearthed, so great does one
Carmelite individual differ from another."
"Nonetheless, we don't
really know when the Out-of-Africa even took place, and it could very
well be that there was a
first Into-Africa [emphasis added] during MIS 5c. [80,000
and 130,000 years ago]"
migrations out of India a group(s) most likely split off to the north
follow the eastern rim of the
then dry Persian Gulf as blazed by their forefathers, the earlier Badonan tribes. These may be
some of the Sangiks the UB refers
relation to the slightly later appearing pure line Nodites in the
of the Persian Gulf basin while other Sangiks continued
Africa. Migrations across Arabia are
that climatic conditions were favorable to vegetation and wild game.
Rose's conclusions of Jebel Faya are contested, as usual. Click on map
below for a larger image.
"The Nubian origin and inland location of the discovery were equally unexpected. 'We had never considered the link to Africa would come from the Nile Valley, and that their route would be through the middle of the Arabian Peninsula rather than along the coast,' Rose notes."
Urantia Book: The arrival of anatomically modern humans coincides with the Lucifer Rebellion and the origin of the Nodite race, the Nephilim. This new race, the Nephilim, may be invisible to geneticists as the staff members of the Calagastia 100 were partly of Andonite extraction, H. erectus, and therefore most likely would be masked as evolutionary man. The DNA of the material bodies of the 100 contained only a "portion" extracted from the Andonites (UB 742) but there is nothing to say that Nephilim DNA might be found but from my perspective I think it is extremely doubtful. It would not be long before these "pure bred Nephilim" began to mate with the surrounding population of the Sangiks and thus genetically became even more so as evolutionary man. They would have first appeared in the southern Zagros and moved to the Levant at a somewhat later date. The UB does not say the Nephilim are the cause of AMH only that this is a new race that appears on the planet due to the circumstances revolving around the Lucifer rebellion. If anything their impact would have been more cultural than genetic.
Why no skeletons? It could be they practiced cremation just as did their later descendants. Maybe climate conditions did not favor fossil preservation. Lastly it may that they camped in the open-air base camps.
The thing about evolution is that it is preplanned. There are things that cannot be controlled because things happen as they say. But this is a closely monitored process and is well understood by those who implement and oversee its unfolding. Sentient man arrived and is what I would call the flower of evolution. This is why Adam and Eve arrived when they did.
"And there came a time in the planetary history, almost forty thousand years ago, when the Life Carries on duty took note that, from a purely biologic standpoint, the developmental progress of the Urantia races was nearing its apex." (UB 821)
At this point I would like to insert my family tree of evolution, just one more added to the myriad of charts you can find on the internet. This is perhaps an over simplified chart of evolutionary man. Other proposed graphs look more like a tree rather than this one which is more like a telephone pole. All branches are trimmed off except for heidelbergensis and Neanderthal. You could trim off heidelbergensis and Neanderthal, who had only an early and very small impact, but since Neanderthal is such an archaeological darling it is included. H. heidelbergensis is included because of how wide spread this species was. Some dates are from the UB and others are various published dates. Halfway to us from the first Homo erectus are the Sangiks. At that time six colored races appear. The orange race was the first to be partly exterminated by the green and later finished off by the indigo. The indigo then exterminated the green and claimed Africa as its own. The four races each claimed its own territory. The red and yellow mixed to create the brown race which migrated to the Pacific. The Out of Africa theory makes no accommodation for race. To view the tree click here.
Cro-Magnon Homo sapiens
The status of Cro-Magnon has changed. This taxon has been reassigned as Homo sapiens and is now a part of the Anatomically Modern Humans (AMH) category. Since this is relatively new, the old definition of Homo sapiens sapiens is still being used. It is a bad situation as sometimes you cannot discern if AMH refers to Cro-Magnon or not.
"...the oldest, dated, unquestioned, anatomically modern human in Europe is 33,850 years ago (Smith 1982, p. 680)." (http://www.asa3.org/archive/ASA/199707/0015.html)
It was during the time of Cro-Magnon that dogs were becoming man's best friend.
Urantia Book: The origin of the human race is from the first two humans, a definite place and point in time and supports the creationist point of view. However, not as Adam and Eve but the first two Andonites, the Book's term for Homo erectus. The Garden of Eden and Adam and Eve are now present in Mesopotamia (35,000 BC) which coincides very closely with the arrival of Cro-Magnon.
Cro-Magnon, Neanderthal and DNA:
"Like the Neanderthals, the people of the Upper Palaeolithic period were big game hunters but they also vividly recorded the animals they knew on the walls of their caves. A growing body of evidence suggest that modern humans, virtually from the moment they appeared in Ice Age Europe, were able to produce startlingly sophisticated art."
The search for the human genome starts in 1976 when Walter Fiers of the University of Ghent, Belgium, was the first to complete a nucleotide sequence for an RNA-genome. After that landmark, the race was on to complete the first human genome. With the sequencing of mtDNA this new tool has established the basis facts of genetics. The recognition by the majority of scientists is that Cro-Magnon is not related to Neanderthal and therefore Neanderthal is not of human lineage. (Some still are not convinced.) These findings support what the Urantia Book says and it was first published in 1955.
A further investigation into the Neanderthal genome has yielded a surprise for the scientific community. A tiny mixture of Neanderthal and Cro Magnon seems to have happened. It is only 1 to 4 per cent according to those involved with the Neanderthal genome project at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Here is a portion of what they had to say:
of us who live outside Africa carry a little Neanderthal DNA in us,"
said Dr Svante Paabo, director of evolutionary genetics at the German
institute, who led the international project. The discovery emerged
from the first attempt to map the complete Neanderthal genetic code, or
400,000 years ago, early Neanderthals stepped out of their African
cradle, where Homo sapiens were still evolving, and headed for Europe
and Asia. At least 300,000 years later, the early modern humans
followed the Neanderthals out of Africa. The two populations are
believed to have coexisted in Europe and Asia until the Neanderthals
vanished forever around 30,000 years ago - probably driven into
extinction by the smarter and more competitive modern humans. Previous
genetic evidence had cast doubt on the likelihood of Homo sapiens and
Neanderthals interbreeding. But this was based on the analysis of a
limited form of DNA locked in the mitochondria, passed down from mother
to daughter. The new genome sequence published in the journal Science
covers around 60 per cent of the whole Neanderthal genetic code, as
imprinted in the chromosomes of cell nuclei. To highlight any
differences, scientists compared the Neanderthal genome to that of
present-day humans from southern and west Africa, China, Papua New
Guinea and France. They were surprised to find that Neanderthals were
more closely related to modern humans from outside Africa than to
Africans. Even more mysteriously, the relationship extended to people
from eastern Asia and the western Pacific - even though no Neanderthal
remains have been found outside Europe and western Asia."
If you are a student of the Urantia Book the above statement would not seem strange or out of place. The Book says that the Neanderthal came into existence in Asia, not Africa, and only later migrated into Europe and North Africa. Since at this time of the ice age sea levels would have been lower, that situation would have allowed both H. erectus and Neanderthal to walk to Indonesia, New Guinea and perhaps island hopped to Australia. And as a footnote the Book also says that there was slight interbreeding between species but that Neanderthal is not of our lineage. The above quote by the Max Planck Institute repeats the most common belief that Neanderthal migrated from Africa but they can't say from where. "Neanderthal fossils have not been found to date in Africa, but there have been finds close to North Africa, both on Gibraltar and in the Levant." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neanderthal)
For some reason, there is a growing effort to "humanize" the Neanderthals. The latest reconstructions that I have seen looks more Caucasoid than Neanderthal which I consider as a prevarication of what Neanderthal really looked like. Considering how large a shnaz these guys had there was no dainty nose for Neanderthal. That nose dominated their face which looked as if someone grabbed a hold of it and yanked it forward pulling the face with it. If you look at a Neanderthal skull and compare it to a modern human the differences are obvious. They had no chin, sloping forehead, huge brow ridge and buck teeth (from hide working) which only accentuated their appearance. The only feature that maybe could be considered as attractive is their large eyes. So these newly reconstructed Neanderthals that look like they just stepped out of Madame Tussauds wax museum is a far cry from the much rougher looking hominids from the Stone Age.
The following images are an example of the "softening" of Neanderthal for public consumption. These examples do not have that pronounced brow ridge, "weak chin", buck teeth (which I have seen on these skulls) or a nose that would have put Jimmy Durante to shame. They did not look like this: Mr. & Ms. Neanderthal. The next image is closer to reality and if Durante had this large of a nose imagine the size with a larger nasal cavity that Neanderthal had: Neanderthal & Durante.
The Nephilim: their Tribes and Homeland
The subject of the Nephilim is one of the most popular subjects on this web site. Their history has come to us today as distorted and misunderstood. The origin of the Nephilim, a mixed race of people, is the starting point for the eventual arrival of the Sumerians and it starts with the Prince's rebel staff (so called Watchers/Anunnaki). After the rebellion they discovered that they were no longer immortal and stranded on the planet. In order to perpetuate their legacy, they mated with evolutionary man. Their offspring were the Nephilim. The earliest that they appear in the archaeological record is as the Emiran (lithic artifacts and sparse skeletal remains), the hunters and gathers of the Upper Paleolithic and living in the Levant. They were living elsewhere as well but the Levant has the first evidence of their culture.
EmiranAt present there are many archaeologists who support the theory that Emiran lithic technology, core reduction strategies and such, are Mousterian in origin. Others including Marks and Rose argue against it which is my position as well. Because, it is not possible to determine by the appearance of the flake whether or not the Levallois method, which is a Neanderthal knapping technique, has been applied.
This culture is at present the earliest documented AMH in the Levant and dates to about 45,000 years ago. Previous to this it is Neanderthal. The Initial Upper Paleolithic (IUP) is very important as it is the transitional point of Anatomically Modern Human colonization and the beginning of the demise of the Neanderthals. It is at this time that advanced tool making is evident and personal ornaments start to being used such as marine shells and land snails with some showing ochre residues. The most important sites for the Emiran are to the north Ksar Akil in Lebanon and to the south Boker Tachtit in the Negev. Both of these locations are within the Levant Homeland.
"After a century of research, the origins of the Levantine UP still remain an enigma. At this point, at least one thing is clear: the Emiran has no African progenitor. As such, there is a disconnect between the archaeological database and the Replacement paradigm, which necessitates that the earliest Levantine Upper Paleolithic must have come fully developed from northeast Africa. The Replacement model should have been a parsimonious prism through which to view the transition from the MP to the UP in the Levant. It was not.
The recent acceptance of: (i) a slower autosomal mutation rate, and (ii) evidence for interbreeding with Neandertals largely predating the c. 50kya mark, and (iii) coalescence of Eurasian mtDNA haplogroup N well before that time, have all but killed, in my opinion the idea of a 50kya spread of modern humans from Africa. Modern humans must have lived in Eurasia much earlier than that time, and what remains is to figure out how much earlier."
Anthony E. Marks and Jeffrey I. Rose
The above quote of "the Emiran has no African progenitor" is bold as copied. In making this statement it goes counter to the Out of Africa theory. What he is saying is that AMHs are of an Arabian origin. Not only that but they must have been living in the Levant much earlier by an unknown amount of time. I would agree but with different reasons.
"The exact technical method (Levallois or non-Levallois) which was used to produce each piece cannot be securely established since, as we now know, different techniques can produce morphologically similar artifacts." (www.persee.fr/doc/paleo_0153-9345_2000_num_26_1_4700)
"The main problem encountered by typologists - and not always recognized as such - is that of equifinality, i.e., that fact that two different causes can produce two similar consequences. In other words, two flakes showing identical morphological features could have been the product of two different reduction methods."
Dibble and Bar-Yosef, The Definition and Interpretation of Levallois Technology, p.26
"At present, it is notable that the narrow distribution of the Late Ahmarian is similar to that of the following Kebaran industry. This is consistent with the chronological and technological observations that the Kebaran emerge from the Late Ahmarian." (Edited by Takeru Akazawa, Yoshihiro Nishiaki, Kenichi Aoki, Dynamics of Learning in Neanderthals and Modern Humans Volume 1: Cultural Perspectives, © Springer 2013 p82) The phrase "narrow distribution" defines their homeland. It matches the Kebaran and Natufian range almost exactly from Syria to the Sinai Peninsula. This is known as the Levantine Corridor. Click on map for a larger view.
"If these earlier diffusion scenarios are accepted, a subsequent dispersal at the time of the Early Ahmarian and the Protoaurignacian would indicate that European colonization by H. sapiens proceeded in a stepwise manner with multiple waves of migrations from the Levant (Hublin, 2013 and Hublin, 2014). (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0047248415000500)
AurignacianThe Aurignacian is a French term that describes the time frame of the Upper Paleolithic: 38,000 - 26,000 BC (about.com), 45,000 - 33,000 BC (Wikipedia), 32,000 - 21,000BC (Lithic Casting Labs) and others. There is a fairly wide definition for the extent of this period of time which shows what a moving target dates are. The term also applies to the culture of early Homo sapiens sapiens. Besides the time period and culture, it also refers to the tool kit (lithics, the stone tools themselves) of which there is much debate. The Aurignacian defines a turning point in evolution. It marks the coming of fully modern humans and it is when the Ahmarian lived. "The Ahmarian yielded a fully modern immature human skeleton at the site of Ksar Akil (Lebanon)." The Ahmarian layer is directly on top of the Emiran layer in this cave. The following quote is from an abstract by Phillips and Gladfelter, University of Illinois, that helps define who the Ahmarian are: "The Amharian dates to the early Upper Paleolithic period in the Near East and represents one of the earliest cultures uniquely associated with anatomically modern humans. What makes it of particular interest is its limited areal distribution." This quote should be of interest to Urantia Book readers who are interested in the history of the Nephilim as it defines the Ahmarian as one of the earliest cultures of Anatomically Modern Humans who happen to live in the Levant. Although the Zagros are usually not included with the Levant we find the Aurignacian there as well, which comes as no surprise. A number of paleosciences see this area, the Fertile Crescent, as a wellspring of the most important aspect of our becoming fully human and civilized.
Some archaeologist have the Ahmarian and the Levant Aurignacian tool kits as co-existent. The evolution is threefold for all those things Aurignacian which are: technology - the lithics and tool kit, culture - art and personal decoration, and physicality - a modern skeletal frame and face. This threefold theory is not shared by all archaeologists contending that, "there is only a poor correlation between hominins and their lithic technocomplexes." (http://www.aggsbach.de/2015/02/modern-humans-and-neanderthals-in-the-levant/) This whole subject is open to debate so the following paragraphs are but a brief example.
The second statement says that those Homo sapiens sapiens who appear in Europe are from the Levant and can be traced back to their homeland by analyzing their lithic technologies such as blades, bladelets and core reduction strategies (knapping). This is an important statement, although controversial, as it identifies the Levant from which this new culture of the Cro-Magnons appears. The authors of the above quote do not mention an advanced culture, which is not part of the scope of the article, but rather go into scholarly detail of identifying the specifics of creating bladelets and such. (I had to watch a couple of YouTube videos to get some knowledge of knapping to understand what they were talking about.) This area of paleohistory is contested on a number of fronts which would require me to write another page just to cover it. So I will spare you the details. At present it centers around the Aurignacian tool kit, in other words lithics and in a wider scope, culture. The terms "intrusive" and "enigmatic" have been applied to the expression of this new and advanced culture but all seem to agree that these major cultural changes are termed the "Upper Paleolithic Revolution" (coined by Ofer Bar-Yosef, The Upper Paleolithic Revolution, ©2002 See: http://www.cameronmsmith.com/courses/EuropeanPrehistory2007/TheUpperPalaeolithicRevolution.pdf).
The interesting thing is that the issue is more of a matter of technique than dating. But it still could be. If you go by radiometric dating then the shift occurs first in the Levant, some two thousand years before Europe. If Cro-Magnon culture which is associated with the Aurignacian then it first appears in Europe. Therefore you cannot swing the advent of an advanced culture to the Levant at that time because of the definition, or lack of, for the Aurignacian tool kit. When it comes to the Paleolithic it boils down to how early man made tools from chert, flint, obsidian and the like. It is bedrock: knapping techniques. In the literature it is quite the debate and I can see why.
The question is, what is the definition of the Aurignacian tool kit? Since Aurignacian is the European term for this assemblage, its a point of contention as a number of archaeologists do not accept the term as it applies to the Levant. One of the differences is between a bladelet or a flake based kit. Some have tried to circumvent this problem with the term Levantine Aurignacian but this tool kit contains lithics not in the European kit. These tool kits are similar but different. So why is this archaeological question so important? Because Upper Paleolithic culture, technology and anatomy go hand in hand. The importance of this basic question is where did this advanced culture originate? That's a big question and that's why there is so much debate as to the flow of this technology, the tool kit, and most importantly who thought of it first.
The latest hypothesis is the Aurignacian culture originated in Central Asia which is where the Adamites migrated in large numbers. "A series of alternative sites, described below, should be seriously considered as a possible source for the Aurignacian expansion into Europe. Aurignacian sites are found from the Altai to the Zagros Mountains." "...the wide geographic area represented by these sites suggests that the Near East and central Asia could hold the origin of the Aurignacian." (https://muse.jhu.edu/chapter/945924)
"The high regions of the Zagros, mainly in modern Iran, can be proposed as the most probable centre for the origin of the Aurignacian and modern humans in Europe, that is to say the origin of the archaeological version of the ‘Indo-Europeans’ (Otte 1995)."
There are three major locations for the origin of the Aurignacian. First is Europe and more specifically southwestern France. The second is the Levant with its long history of early man. The third and latest discussion on the tool kit is from Central Asia including the Zagros. For almost one million years man really did not progress all that much. The Garden of Eden was established at the end of the Old Stone Age, the end of the LGM, the Ice Age. At 36 to 34,000 years ago the first major change is the Upper Paleolithic revolution which occurs at the same time as the establishment of the Garden. Not only do you have Adamic stock leaving the Garden you also have those descendants of Adamson and Ratta in the Kopet Dagh spreading into Central Asia. In any case it is an interesting turn of events. I guess we will have to wait and see as to what the more accurate dating methods will reveal.
One major point on the Aurignacian tool kit is that it has blades and bladelets (such as the Dufour bladelet) both in Middle Eastern locations and Europe. (Overall, Neanderthal kits are flake based but flakes are also in the Aurignacian kit. The knapping technique called the Levallois technique is Mousterian and displays a forethought of core reduction strategy for a uniform shape. It has been proposed that this ability to produce relatively standard lithics displays teaching and therefore language in the Neanderthal culture.) Other Aurignacian lithics are the burins, a chisel-like edged flake tool used for cutting grooves, scrapers, points and such. So the tool kit has a variety of tool shapes in it. These may be stone tools but their production is a complex one and their morphology is predetermined by the knapper. They are not accidental as these shapes are consistent. One of the most basic problems with lithics is defining them as a tool or as a core and furthermore as a subdivision between a core and a carinated item. Actually, "It depends." (http://www.cambridgescholars.com/download/sample/61268)
As for Africa:
"The Levantine MP [Middle Paleolithic] assemblages are quite distinctive from those produced in Africa in the same time period, a puzzling observation considering the widely accepted African origin for modern humans. (http://pubman.mpdl.mpg.de/pubman/item/escidoc:2067584/component/escidoc:2067583/Hublin_Modern_Quaternary_Science_Review_2014.pdf)
"After a century of research, the origins of the Levantine UP [Upper Paleolithic] still remain an enigma. At this point, at least one thing is clear: the Emiran has no African progenitor. As such, there is a disconnect between the archaeological database and the Replacement paradigm, which necessitates that the earliest Levantine Upper Paleolithic must have come fully developed from northeast Africa."
(http://www.egyptsearch.com/forums/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=8;t=008800;p=1) The Emiran precede the Ahmarian.
"There is thus absolutely no archaeological evidence for an Aurignacian migration from Africa through the Near East to Europe; not a single Aurignacian-like tool has ever been found on the African continent." (The early Upper Paleolithic beyond Western Europe, By P. Jeffrey Brantingham, Steven L. Kuhn, Kristopher W. Kerry p. 144).
The discovery of Aurignacian tool kits in the Zagros and Central Asia have been confirmed. The locations in the Zagros, primarily at Yafteh, Warwasi and several other places, have evidence of the Aurignacian industry that are dated as earlier than the European artifacts. Archaeologically speaking this would indicate that the Aurignacian has its first beginnings in these Iranian mountains that border Mesopotamia. The culture associated with this tool kit has the generic label of "Zagros Aurignacian". This is to reflect the general similarity with the Levant and European tool kits (Olszewski & Dibble, 1993). Originally this tool kit was named Baradostian. A number of other places where tool kits have been found dot this general area. As you can see the Garden of Eden was relatively close by. As UB readers know the Adamites were biological uplifters and what archaeologists know is that with this latest information the Aurignacian starts in the Near East and spreads to Europe although, as usual, there is not universal acceptance with some using the term "unknown source" for the Aurignacian's origin.
The major reason for this discussion is because of whether or not the Adamites are the impetus for the Upper Paleolithic Revolution. And, as usual, we come up against that problem of the wide latitude of dates. It wouldn't matter at all if the dates were farther away from the establishment of the Garden. That would help answer the question of the evolution of modern man and his tool kit. I have always felt that the Adamites were the origin for this major cultural revolution but could never put my finger on current data for validation because of so many conflicting and diametrically opposed positions. And given the confusion in which terminology is used it was impossible to reach any reliable conclusion regarding the data. Some archaeologists have dates that are out of range for Adamic influence (but not by much). Others are easily within Adamic possibilities. Can you say cusp? So one cannot say with certainty that the Adamites influenced, or even help create the Aurignacian based on archaeological dating. The UB does not say the Adamites were responsible for the emergence of modern man outright. But it does say, "Slowly these migrating sons of Eden united with the higher types of the blue race, invigorating their cultural practices while ruthlessly exterminating the lingering strains of Neanderthal stock. This technique of race blending, combined with the elimination of inferior strains, produced a dozen or more virile and progressive groups of superior blue men, one of which you have denominated the Cro-Magnons." (Urantia Book pg 890 paper 80 Andite Expansion in the Occident) These "sons of Eden" were both men and women and this sentence seems to support an Adamic influence. Therefore no date for Cro-Magnon before 37,800 ya is valid. To make matters worse is that the term Cro-Magnon has been dropped and now is considered as Anatomically Modern Human which includes early man back to 200,000 years ago. This recent change may be a reflection of the difficulty in separating Cro-Magnon from the rest. Cro-Magnon is evolutionary, mainly the blue man with red and yellow strains, Andonic and the important addition of Adamic blood creating what has been referred to as "mixed Adamites." (UB 891) But the cultural advancement is undeniable. The most dramatic is art. The third is the expanded tool kit which has raised so much discussion. The current accepted assumption by some is that the Aurignacian tool kit is modern man's further development of the Mousterian.
Some dates are as early as 45,000 ya which is too early for the Adamites. However, archaeologist Bar-Yosef in a pdf titled The Upper Paleolithic Revolution states, "Large standard deviations in thermoluminescence and electron spin resonance readings, as well as ambiguities concerning the calibration of 14C dates at the range of 40–30 thousand years ago (Ka) (Beck et al. 2001), make it difficult to establish the precise onset of the Upper Paleolithic revolution. However, with the current rapid progress in the use of these techniques one expects much better resolutions in the next decade." That means the too early dates for the Adamites are in error. Bar-Yosef, by the way, is of a Harvard pedigree so when he says the dates at this point are not that reliable, "large standard deviations," then that statement carries a lot of weight. In the dating the hominid fossils of the Qafzeh Cave the antiquity "has been established by thermoluminescence (92.5 Ka) and electron-spin resonance (100 KA)" which is a difference of 7,500 years. (See: Eric Delson, Encyclopedia of Human Evolution and Prehistory: Second Edition, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group © 2000) That is one example of a large standard deviation.
There was available for about four thousand years the quicker Mediterranean basin route to southern Europe that the Adamites mainly used at that time. The Adamites did not have to travel all the way to western Europe to procreate with the Blue Man. At this time there were a number of peoples living in the Mediterranean basin such as the Nodites and Sangiks including the Blue Man. These races had been living in the basin thousands of years before the Adamites. So that collapses the time frame considerably for the contribution of Adamic blood, especially with the Blue Man, for the emergence of the Cro-Magnon types of southern Europe.
"For these and other reasons, not the least of which was more favorable paths of migration, the early waves of Mesopotamian culture made their way almost exclusively to Europe." (UB 890)
Volcanic Eruptions and the Eastern Mediterranean Basin
Campanian Ignimbrite (CI) eruption
"A dramatic volcanic eruption surpassing anything known in the historical record took place in central Italy 39,300 y ago. It is known as the Campanian Ignimbrite (CI) eruption. Atmospheric circulation carried clouds of ash all over the eastern Mediterranean, and the products of the eruption reached regions as distant as southwestern Russia. The mineralogical nature of these ash deposits allows this event to be very accurately dated.
This large-scale study demonstrates that lithic assemblages of the Upper Paleolithic associated with the spread of modern humans predate the CI eruption in several European sites. This applies in particular to some forms of the Aurignacian, a lithic industry with sophisticated art objects and musical instruments and associated with modern human remains."
"For the new study, scientists investigated the Campi Flegrei caldera volcano in southern Italy. About 39,000 years ago, it experienced the largest volcanic eruption that Europe has seen in the last 200,000 years. This super-eruption may have played a part in wiping out or driving away Neanderthal and modern human populations in the eastern Mediterranean."
A slightly later date: "The dating of the Campanian Ignimbrite (CI) eruption to ∼37,000 cal yr B.P..."
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0033589402923318) I have seen dates for this eruption as late as 35,000 ya.
These dates for the eruption are determined by a computer modeling called a 3D time-dependent computational ash dispersion model. It is a "novel approach" and it admittedly uses "best fit" input for their results. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2012GL051605/pdf) With that information we are relying on computer modeling which is a step away from the real thing. So we are left wondering if these "best guess" estimates are accurate or not. But a volcanic eruption "surpassing anything known in the historical record" is very very interesting. The UB says that about 32 ya the eastern sea floor of the Mediterranean basin sank as a result of a massive earthquake causing the break of the Gibraltar land bridge with the consequence of the basin's flooding. The difference is 7,300 to 3,000 years between the UB's Mediterranean event and the estimated Campanian Ignimbrite eruption leaving in its wake the Campi Flegrei caldera. This caldera is so large that it is called a supervolcano. You could easily fit the entire Mount Vesuvius, base and all, within it. The floor of the caldera is about 4 miles wide or about 6.4 kilometers. The map shows the location of the caldera which is just west of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Although the dating is off, the sequences are not. The ash layer confirms that early forms of the Aurignacian assemblages were present in Europe that precede the eruption. Disregarding the scientific dates this is very much on target with the Urantia Book. And considering the time span, these dates are not that far off. Chances are with such a massive land displacement more volcanoes would be involved. Although the article on the CI eruption mentions no other volcanoes, there is at least Mount Etna to the south which is still very active. One puzzle is that there does not seem to be any eruptions in the Aegean where you would expect such activity.
"Mount Etna is part of the Calabrian arc, or range, of volcanoes and has grown up on the rift where the African tectonic plate meets the Eurasian tectonic plate. It has been growing for the past half-million years." "The current, classic cone or stratovolcano is called Mongibello; it formed in the late Pleistocene and Holocene eras, about 35,000 years ago."
"The Chauvet-Pont D’Arc cave located in southern France may be the location of the world’s oldest depiction of a volcanic eruption. The walls of the “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” are filled with cones and spray-shaped images were previously unidentified. Research published in PLoS ONE confirmed that the depictions are from volcanic eruptions between 29 and 35 thousand years ago."
The red line is a fault line between the African and the Eurasian plates. The stars are my location for the epicenter of the earthquake. Could it be these events are related despite the difference in dates? Another cusp. But the information points to a very large volcanic eruption within the range of the sinking of the eastern Mediterranean basin. With the creation of Mount Etna at 35,000 ya, that's only 3,000 years difference between modern scientific dating and the UB. For more information and animation on the Mediterranean event see page The Gardens of Eden.
Up to this point, before the sea bed displacement, the Mediterranean had been an avenue to southern Europe for both Nodites and Adamites. That situation changed with the flooding, creating the new Mediterranean Sea from the Levant to the Atlantic Ocean. For the Adamites that meant the corridor via the basin that was open to them for 4,000 years was effectively cut off, a route so well known to them.
The UB says the Adamite's main passage after the Mediterranean flooding went east then north about the Caspian Sea and then west. There always was an open passageway between the Caspian and the ice sheet. Snow, yes, but not pack ice from a glacier. Because it was the Ice Age, the Caspian must have been shorter north to south due to less water and thereby creating a shorter route across the northern basin to eastern Europe. In fact the more shallow northern segment of the sea ices over during today's winters. The coldest period is actually after this time with temperatures starting to drop at 28,000 continuing down to 17,000 years ago. This route became the main route used to migrate to Europe. Since it was during the Ice Age the Caucasus Mountains would have been snow capped making crossing difficult. The easiest route was through Central Asia and then round about the northern Caspian Sea.
Accurate dating is going to be a problem for the foreseeable future. There are many points of difference between the UB and modern science. The only conclusion I can make is that modern dating systems do not produce accurate data or the conclusions drawn are not correct. I know, that's blasphemy, but its where we are in the process, which will change. Science will on one hand steadfastly confirm results and then disavow in favor of the newest latest and greatest. Even the Archaeologists and the like want and need better dating tools. Its what I said before - dates are a moving target.
"Kebaran Hunter-Gathers, 20,000 to 12,700 BCE
From the late glacial maximum until the late glacial interstadial, people throughout western Asia lived as mobile hunter-gathers characterized as the Kebaran culture; this has been subdivided into the Kebaran and geometric Kebaran, and the latter further divided into a multitude of cultures on the basis of variation in the style of chipped stone tools (Goring-Morris 2000). The meaning of such cultural variation is unknown – the implicit assumption that these represent groups with distinct identities is most unlikely to be correct. Consequently, I deal with all of these late Pleistocene or epipaleolithic, hunter-gathers together."
(Harvey Whitehouse, Luther H. Martin, Theorizing Religions Past: Archaeology, History, and Cognition, Altamira Press, © 2004 Altamira Press)
This is my approach as well. One can get lost explaining every culture related to this subject. All these groups relate to the Andites even though paleoanthropologists and the like break this population into a number of smaller groups. To make it easier for me to explain migrations and to help you understand this subject I give you a named historical sequence. First the Emiran, Ahmarian, then the Kebaran and finally the Natufians, the most important western group as they are agriculturists with no previous animal domestication and that defines them as Andites, see below.
"The Kebaran or Kebarian culture was an archaeological culture in the eastern Mediterranean area (c. 18,000 to 12,500 BC), named after its type site, Kebara Cave south of Haifa. Situated in the Terminal Pleistocene, the Kebaran is classified as an Epipalaeolithic society. They are generally thought to have been ancestral to the later Natufian culture that occupied much of the same range."
"At Kebara cave, D. Garrod found in 1930, Natufian remains and underneath them an unknown microlithic assemblage which she later named the “Kebaran”. This technocomplex (18 to 14,5 k.a BP) was a based on a pure hunter-gatherer economy. The remains of the Kebaran are confined to to the coastal Levant and isolated oases due the prevailing cold dry climate."
"The Levantine cultures of between 18,000 and 15,000 years ago are called Kebaran, followed from about 15,000 to 12,500 BP by the Geometric Kebaran cultures. If the Kebaran peoples were doing something that inexorably led their remote descendants to become farmers, it is not obvious in their archaeological traces. In the Geometric Kebaran record, however, we get a few indications of economic changes that may be harbingers of agriculture."
"Because the phase subsequent to the Kebaran is characterized by a lithic industry that differs from its predecessor in the predominance of trapezoidal and rectangular blades and bladelets, it is termed Geometric Kebaran."
These are the people, the Kebaran and Geometric Kebaran, who set the stage for the Natufians. During the time of the Kebaran the Garden was seeing a decline down to about 15,000 BC when the Adamites left in greater numbers to join with the surrounding peoples and therefore it is inline with the time frame of the Kebarans. At this point in time earlier Andites have been living in the greater Mesopotamian area, Eurasia, and then China and northern India for about the last seven thousand years. The arc surrounding Mesopotamia of where the cereals grew is where the very first farming settlements begin to appear. It starts in the Levantine corridor of the Transjordan Valley and eventually spreading east to Jarmo, Chogha Golan, Ganjn Dareh and Ali Kosh.
The Levantine Andites
Although there are a number of cultural names for differing groups of people, I consider the following as the heritage of just one group: the Andites. From a time when they had no name, down to those who went on to populate Europe, Central Asia and beyond this is their story from origin to migration. One of the groups that the Urantia Book calls the Andites are the early tribes of humans that archaeologists call the Natufians that lived in the Levant. In the UB there are these three sentences that point strongly in this direction that the following research material of prehistoric peoples indicate these are who the UB is speaking about:
DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN CIVILIZATION
1. THE CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION
Man ordinarily evolved into a farmer from a hunter by transition through the era of the herder,
and this was also true among the Andites, but more often the evolutionary coersion of climate necessity would cause whole tribes to pass directly from hunters to successful farmers. But this phenomenon of passing immediately from hunting to agriculture only occurred in those regions where there
was a high degree of race mixture with the violet race.
For thousands of years the descendants of Adam and Adamson had grown wheat and barley,
as improved in the Garden, throughout the highlands of the upper of Mesopotamia,
the descendants of Adam and Adamson here met, traded, and socially mingled.
Urantia Book p.900-1
In that first sentence it does say that some Andites were farmers. At this time Andites were also living in Central Asia, northern China, northern India and Europe from much earlier migrations. The second paragraph is more specific with the reference to highlands of northern Mesopotamia. To the east this would later include sites like Jarmo, to the north Çayönü Tepesi and to the west the earlier Natufian sites in the middle Euphrates such as Tell Abu Hureyra. The Natufian northern range included this area of the Euphrates which is in Syria, almost into Turkey, and then down the length of the Levant into the Sinai Peninsula.
The second sentence says that the transition from hunter-gathers directly to farming occurred in areas of where Adamic blood mixed in greater amounts with evolutionary man. This is what happened with the Natufians. There is archaeological agreement that the hunter-gather culture, the Kebaran, became an agricultural one - Natufian. This abrupt move bypasses the domestication of animals which is found elsewhere as the usual evolutionary path. This is supported by the evidence of the bones of large and small wild game such as gazelle, fox and hare in Natufian sites but no domesticated breeds. The dog had been domesticated by this time and was living at Çayönü Tepesi which later became one of the earliest Neolithic farming sites. At about 9,500 BC dogs are also found at this Natufian site:
"Two new fairly complete remains of dogs were uncovered from a burial in Hayonim Terrace (northern Israel), dated to the first half of the 11th millennium (bp) (Late Natufian). This burial contained the remains of three humans associated with an elaborate construction. A detailed analysis of these dogs, and a comparison with all known Natufian remains, suggested that genuine dogs were already living around and within human habitations during this period." (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440385700969)
"Though there were similarities with the Kebaran in terms of some aspects of lithic technology, the overwhelming impression was of transformations in material culture, with the appearance of houses, elaborate burials, an array of artifacts suggesting plant use (mortars and pestles, sickle blades), and a rich bone technology that included elaborately decorated items. Garrod concluded that the changes were so striking that Natufians might be an intrusive people, but everybody now agrees that Natufian culture has to be explained as an indigenous phenomenon."(Mukhtar Ahmed, Ancient Pakistan - An Archaeological History: Volume II: A Prelude to Civilization, Foursome Group © 2014)
"...no field project
outside of the Levant has yet exposed any indication of a prehistoric
entity that resembles the Natufian."
"No one can pinpoint exactly when humans first started keeping dogs as pets, but estimates range from roughly 13,000 to 30,000 years ago." "Other pets came later. Sheep and goats were first domesticated roughly 11,000 years ago, while cats became pets around 7000 B.C. with the advent of agriculture." "The earliest dog bones, discovered in Belgium in 2008, are from 31,700 years ago. But ancient dog skeletons have also been unearthed in western Russia, near its border with Ukraine, and elsewhere across Europe, Asia, and Australia, suggesting that canine domestication was a widespread phenomenon." (http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2009/03/mans_first_friend.html)
The range of dates for this culture are from 12,500 BC (15,000 BC Bar-Yosef and others) to 7,500 but most dates for the end of Natufian culture hovers around 8500-8000 BC. Interestingly the 15,000 BC date of Bar-Yosef matches the time frame that the UB says when the Adamites started to more vigorously mix with the Nodites. I have not seen any earlier dates than this.
"The Natufians were one of the earliest agriculturalists. The jury is still out on who holds the title for ‘the first farmers’ as the East Asians are also looking good for it, but Turkey and the Zagros region is more likely to be the home of western agriculture, not Israel or Syria. It’s rather telling that the very earliest Natufian agricultural sites are right on the edges of their territory (Abu Hureyra) and growing a more Northerly crop of rye. They gathered wild grains for a long time after farming was introduced. They seem to share some cultural ties to the Turkish culture of the time, such as removing and decorating skulls, and burying their dead inside their houses. They also have the habit of incisor evulsion shared with the Ibero Maurussian Culture of Morocco. Interestingly, their genetic legacy in the near East seems to be a male contribution (v13), but no L Mt Lineages came out of Africa to accompany it."
The Natufian dates match closely with the UB in terms that they are the first agriculturists. When I first read about them as Andites in the UB I had this elevated and perhaps romantic idea as to who they were and what they were like. But even though they had higher concepts of religion, a memory of their origin and a more advanced culture than their neighbors they were still prehistoric men and women. The archaeological record shows they were dealing with their environment in the same way just like everyone else. They were still hunting game and foraging. They were still at that time pre-pottery but they did have grinding stones. They used red ochre which I will discuss later. They had Shaman which was common for all cultures at that time. They hunted with flint tipped spears and thus were in tune with the Paleolithic. And actually their housing did not differ that greatly from their Andonite ancestors being dug partially into the ground, which they then lined with stone and covered over. They initiated building with stone foundations. This form of below ground level huts was common to the Middle East. "In Turkey the first stage of occupation at Çayönü, which equates to the PPNA, consists of the now familiar semisubterranean round or oval huts. These were constructed of reed bundles and then wattle and daub. They became more oval through time, with plastered floors, one of which is red, and stone foundations." (Alan Simmons, The Neolithic Revolution in the Near East: Transforming the Human Landscape, The University of Arizona Press © 2007 The Arizona Board of Regents p.99) Another first for the Natufians is the size of their sites. The Natufians had larger sites that exceeded in size any known before which has been likened to the first villages. An indication of their growing numbers.
"For twenty thousand years the culture of the second garden persisted, but it experienced a steady decline until about 15,000 B.C., when the regeneration of the Sethite priesthood and the leadership of Amosad inaugurated a brilliant era. The massive waves of civilization which later spread over Eurasia immediately followed the great renaissance of the Garden consequent upon the extensive union of the Adamites with the surrounding mixed Nodites to form the Andites." (UB 872)
So at 15,000 BC this later wave of Adamites move out into the surrounding areas that includes the Kebaran, which we can now call as one of the main tribes of the Nephilim, they mate and eventually a second population of Andites emerge - the Natufians the first farmers. The Kebaran and Natufian home range would later be known as the land of Canaan with its legends of the Nephilim. It would be these Andites that would spread civilization outward from Mesopotamia to Europe. I make this distinction because there were Andites who had earlier migrated out of Mesopotamia starting past 25,000 BC and those were the hunters whose culture dominated to the east in Central Asia particularly in Turkmenistan. The implication of the above text is that these western farming Andites had a higher percentage of Adamic blood.
"However, broadly speaking , the Natufian skeletons show a population free from serious diseases or deficiencies."
(Thomas E. Levy, The Archaeology of Socitety in the Holy Land, Leicester University Press, © Thomas E. Levy 1995 p.178)
"Unlike earlier Epipaleolithic groups, human skeletal remains are well represented in the Natufian, with approximately 400 skeletons recovered (Valla 1998: 177; Eshed et al. 2004a, 2004b). Interestingly, there is virtually no sign of violence in Natufian populations (Valla 1998: 178)." (D.T.Potts, A Comparison to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.)
The Garden of Eden still was viable with the descendants of Adam and Eve living there. The age of the garden is now about 18,000 years. The Garden would continue down to 2000 BC and then disappear which is at the beginning of true writing.
For all that been said about the beginning of agriculture in the Levant all dates pale when compared with Ohalo II. At this writing archaeologists suggest that hunter-gatherers had a community on the shores of the Sea of Galilee as early as 23,000 years ago. Radiocarbon dating of charcoal gives an average of 19,300 years ago. Gathered evidence points to an occupation by the Kebaran culture. Besides a wealth of plant remains which includes cereals there are grinding stones for processing the seeds into flour. This gives a date of 7,000 - 11,000 years earlier than previously accepted. But the scholarly opinion is that this represents experimentation at best. There is also the tradition of burying the dead at Ohalo II. These remains were buried in shallow graves away from encampment whereas the later Natufians buried their dead beneath the flooring of their huts. Natufian graves are not only more numerous but more elaborate indicating a symbolic change in behavior to later include the removal of skulls.
Natufians and art
The top image to the left is from a wall mural at Çatalhöyük. The body is headless with two vultures who seem ready to partake of their next meal. This removal is known as the Cult of Skulls and was practiced at Jericho, Çayönü, Hacilar, Nevali Cori, Göbekli Tepe and other settlements. Discovered at some sites were small figurines with detachable heads indicating a ritual use of some sort perhaps a rite of passage or used in mortuary practices. The bodies themselves were usually buried beneath the floor of a residence. Murals are another artistic expression of the Andites. The second wall mural is from Dja'de Syria and is a painted work of geometrical abstraction. It is from early 8000 BC and could represent the northernly migration of the Andites away from Mesopotamia. This wall is part of a circular subterranean building and at this settlement are the usual burials beneath the floor. This mural is considered as the oldest in the world. Its about 6 and a half feet square or two meters square. It has not been fully excavated. It is painted in the three most world wide popular colors of red ochre, white limestone and black charcoal. This building which is apparently a community type dwelling was filled with mud at the time of being abandoned. Dja'de is located to the west of Göbekli Tepe.
As a last comment in regards to Mathilda's Blog about the Natufians there are several quotes by Turkish archaeologist Mehmet Özdogan about the Natufians which are based on Craniometric studies in which he states that according to the data "the craniometric analysis indicates no morphological differences between Nea Nikomedeia and the Çatalhöyük populations" and she comments further on his report that, "Interestingly, it observes that the Anatolians of Catal Hoyuk seem very different to those of Cayonu." Nea Nikomedeia is an archaeological dig in eastern Greece near the Aegean. It seems to support the Natufian migration across the Aegean into southern Europe. The second remark about Çayönü seems to me at least out of place but it is something to think about, that is, those of Çayönü are not related to the Natufians. Their culture would seem to imply otherwise but it is not a given. As far as I know Özdogan did not relate these measurements to any other group. But craniometrics is not the final deciding factor. In an abstract, by several AAPA anthropologists, is this quote: "Our results show a striking genetic continuity in the Andes over at least 8000 years despite observed changes in cranio-morphological variability." (eurogenes.blogspot.com/2015/02/a-couple-of-aapa-2015-abstracts-to-blow.html) In other words you need DNA analysis as well as craniometrics to determine if populations are related to one another. Other archaeologists such as Dr. C. Loring Brace believe the Natufians did not make it to Greece and were not directly involved with the Neolithization of Europe. He states that the Natufians were absorbed into the general Anatolian and Middle Eastern populations. On another blog someone posted the observation that the Neolithic flow into Europe was by the quicker route of island hopping from Anatolia to Greece. That makes sense to me as sea levels were much lower exposing more islands. It also said a secondary wave traveled over land which I assume is across the Bosphorus land bridge, which would have been wider, to Bulgaria and Greece. There is a second site on the eastern shore of Greece that give evidence of the westward movement of the Neolithic. "The beginning of the Neolithic Period (6000 - 5000 B.C.) at Franchthi Cave is characterized by the appearance of domesticated forms of sheep and goat, and the appearance of domesticated forms of wheat, barley and lentil. Also there was the appearance of polished stone tools and a significant increase in the number of grinding stones (for grinding grain) and sickle elements along with other edges used for cutting plants." (https://mathildasanthropologyblog.wordpress.com/page/59/) Also found were terracotta figurines.
Another interesting aspect of this culture is the appearance of complex art both in quality and variety. It appears in an unprecedented abundance of bone, limestone and basalt artifacts. Burial artifacts include bone and stone animal carvings, colored stone beads and complex abstract carvings. The largest assemblage of Natufian artifacts have been found at Wadi Hammeh 27 a settlement in NW Jordan near Irbid:
"Wadi Hammeh 27 is one of the few Natufian sites to have yielded a comparatively large corpus of art objects. This includes bone and stone artefacts decorated in various ways." (Phillip C. Edwards. Wadi Hammeh 27, An Early Natufian Settlement at Pella in Jordan, © 2013 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.)
For map location of Wadi Hammeh 27 click here.
"The Natufians are also the first documented Levantine group to have produced artistically decorated utilitarian objects such as pottery and ostrich-egg vessels. These objects have been found in scores of Natufian sites. Their decoration of geometric motifs almost surely served as a form of visual communication, perhaps to demonstrate ownership of the objects by an individual or to indicate affiliation with a particular group or geographic area."
art, it is believed, was linked to the practice of rituals and
ceremonies. In their newly settled hamlets, the Natufians may have used
their superbly carved sculptures, animal figurines, and jewelry to
represent beliefs commonly held across communities, and to
differentiate status among individual community members. The emergence
of Natufian art in the Levant, where previously almost none had
existed, appears to indicate a shared ideology and visual culture that
probably derived from the Natufians’ shared environment and
life as settled hunters and gatherers."
(http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/eyna/hd_eyna.htm - Laura Anne Tedesco)
decorative patterns found on both bone and stone objects include the
net, chevron (or zigzag), and meander patterns. Most appear on
spatulas, stone bowls, shaft-straighteners, and the rare ostrich-egg
shell containers found as broken pieces in the Negev
sites. Because these differ from site to site, they may further our
identification of different Natufian groups. For the time being, we
know that their frequencies are highest within the Natufian homeland in
the central Levant."
The Zagros AnditesFrom an archaeological point of view the Zagros and the Levant are different in terms of people and when agriculture takes hold with the accompanying animal domestication. Almost all archaeologists do not include these eastern mountain peoples as Natufian as indicated by their penchant to compartmentalize cultures. Since I consider the people of the Levant related to the people of the Zagros I was happy to find this quote: "As discussed in the comparatives section of this work (chapter 6), many similarities existed between the mortuary practices followed by the Shanidar people and those followed by the Natufians." "We believe both the Zagros and the Levant should be considered as belonging to the same broad Near Eastern culture horizon but the each also was a part of a distinct regional/local tradition." (Ralph S. Solecki, Rose L. Solecki, Anagnostis P. Agelarakis, The Proto-Neolithic Cemetery in Shanidar Cave, Texas A&M University Press, © 2004 by Ralph S. Solecki, Rose L. Solecki, Anagnostis P. Agelarakis p110)
There has been less study of the Zagros than that of the Levant. Part of the reason is due to political reasons. Another is that this area was not mandated for archaeological excavation as Iraq and Syria were. And lastly there was a preference for Iraq as there was just so much being discovered in Mesopotamia.
An increasing human involvement with this area starts at about 15000 BC. Farming is starting with the Neolithic in the eastern part of the Fertile Crescent. To the west is evidence of Epipalaeolithic sites, those pre-Neolithic sites displaying a technological advancement such as lithic industries as they enter the Neolithic and the somewhat synonymous term Mesolithic being used for transitioning to agriculture. Is that clear? The following quote is just a gem as it gets to the heart of the matter - how terminology is sometimes used and understood:
"Some discussion of terminology is unfortunately necessary, as different authorities may use different terms to mean the same thing, or the same terms to mean different things. The recently published papers from the Potsdam conference, Mesolithikum in Europa, provide a classic example. The first two papers deal respectively with 'the start of the Epipalaeolithic' (Rozoy 1981) and 'the end of the epipalaeolithic and the start of the Mesolithic' (Thevenin 1981). One might reasonably suppose that these two papers complemented one another chronologically, Rozoy discussing an earlier period than Thevenin. This is not the case: both deal with the same period. Thevebin uses epipalaeolithic to describe the late glacial predecessors of the postglacial Mesolithic. For Rozoy, the degree of continuity between the glacial and postglacial groups is such that he uses epipalaeolithic to describe all postglacial hunter-gatherer groups. Thus Thevenin's Mesolithic is Rozoy's Epipalaeolithic; Thevenin's Epipalaeolithic is the final part of Rozoy's Upper Palaeolothic."
(Marek Zvelebil, Hunters in Transition: Mesolothic Societies of Temperate Eurasia and Their Transition to Farming, Cambridge University Press, © Cambridge University Press 1986, 18)
This is the reason I could not get a straight answer to what I considered a basic question: "What are the differences, if any, between the Epipalaeolithic and the Mesolithic?" The reason I got into this discussion is because of the dates for farming mention the Epipalaeolithic, Neolithic and Mesolithic. Its that cusp thing again. There always seems to be confusion and contention whenever a transition takes place. So for clarity I separate the two, the Levant and the Zagros, and that's me and not the UB. Therefore I see the Zagros and the Levant Andites as the same race but only different in terms of when they start farming. It is clear the Natufians started farming just before the Neolithic and according to archaeologists they are leaving the Levant at the beginning of it. Those in the Zagros at this time are just beginning to farm. But as usual there are questions. I reread those three introductory sentences about the Adamites and in particular "the descendants of Adam and Adamson had grown wheat and barley, as improved in the Garden, throughout the highlands of the upper of Mesopotamia".
I realized it really was the Adamites who started the culture of farming. The Levant has the earliest agriculture in addition with the upper northwestern area of Mesopotamia. For that northern range of Mesopotamia it would be at Abu Hureyra and nearby Mureybet both in Syria for agriculture to first appear at about 11,000 BC. Both sites are now under water due to the Tabqa Dam. Çayönü Tepesi further north in Anatolia is dated to 7250 BC. There is no animal domestication in the Levant prior to agriculture but there was domestication in the Zagros, the eastern mountains, at the later time when farming commenced. The northern ranges of Mesopotamia show the earliest animal domestication.
"It was not until after 9500 BC that the eight so-called founder crops of agriculture appear: first emmer and einkorn wheat, then hulled barley, peas, lentils, bitter vetch, chick peas and flax. These eight crops occur more or less simultaneously on Pre-Pottery Neolithic B (PPNB) sites in the Levant, although the consensus is that wheat was the first to be grown and harvested on a significant scale."
(White Brese, Agriculture, 96)
There is a large gap between the Levant and the Zagros for the commencement of agriculture. But the paleobotony records seem to answer this question as to why. At the time of the Younger Dryas cereals did not apparently grow in the eastern Zagros as they did in the western and northwestern regions, at least as this map shows. The takeaway is that it is not until the warming of the Holocene that the cereals spread south into the Zagros. There is however Chogha Golan which refutes the no-cereal idea. But first lets start with Jarmo.
"Jarmo is an archaeological site located in Iraqi Kurdistan on the foothills of the Zagros Mountains. For a long time it was known as the oldest known agricultural community in the world, dating back to 7000 BC. It is also one of the oldest Neolithic village sites to be excavated."
"Twenty permanent mud-walled houses, with stone foundations, tauf walls, and reed bedding, housed the residents of Jarmo. The people reaped their grain with stone sickles, stored their food in stone bowls, and possessed domesticated goats, sheep, and dogs. They also grew emmer and einkorn wheat, barley, and lentils."
"Braidwood said, after he was unable to excavate the site any further due to political reasons, that Jarmo as a settlement was an social and economical example for future Mesopotamian cultures that would arise around 4000 BC."
"The people of Jarmo had lived in rectilinear household complexes made from mud bricks. Their economy was based on growing and harvesting domestic emmer and eikorn wheat, barley, and lentils. They also harvested wild plants, such as field peas, pistachio nuts, acorns, and wild wheat and barley, and kept dogs, domestic goats, sheep, and later, pigs."
"Many small clay figurines (human, animal, and geometric) were found, along with many bone tools (such as awls or perforators), bone spoons, and beads." (http://mitchtempparch.blogspot.com/2010/07/excavation-of-jarmo-19481954.html)
Jarmo is Neolithic which explains the domestication of animals. They had dogs just like the western Natufians and those from Çayönü. Not only do I consider those at Jarmo as Natufian I consider most people down to Ali Kosh as Natufian, that is Andite. Archaeologists and paleoanthropologists see these sites as "entities" commenting on their differences. I am doing just the opposite. I see these cultures as interrelated as part of the trans-Mesopotamia Andite culture. For example architecture. The Natufians built huts, slightly subterranean, with stone foundations. At Çayönü its the same thing and here at Jarmo we see buildings with stone foundations, and dogs, and stone sickles and such. One thing that has been noted by archaeologists is that farming starts at somewhat different times across the region, the arc of the Fertile Crescent. They debate as how this came to be. Their answer is multiregionalism. That is farming developed independently at several sites within the Fertile Crescent and is one of the main theories today. I do not agree with this interpretation of the data. The fact that farming occurs at different times in different locations does not necessarily imply different people came up with the idea of agriculture independently. You could interpret it that way but you do have an earlier precedent of farming to the west by at least a thousand years. That's a big obstacle to overcome. Agriculture was already invented and these various eastern people were not isolated because there is evidence of trade, even long distance trade (obsidian), and cross culture associations (architecture, burial practices, tool making and such). "One popular commodity was obsidian, a glassy volcanic rock which can be used to make blades as sharp as scalpels. Obsidian could be quarried at the Hasan Dag volcano and was found in Jericho a thousand miles away. Such finds provide evidence for the existence of long-distance trade." (http://marxist-theory-of-art.blogspot.com/2009/02/neolithic-art-part-3-new-directions-for.html) If climate is the reason, that being unfavorable growing conditions, then it becomes reasonable that a known survival strategy was applied in the east when climate conditions changed. And this rules out the notion that agriculture was an independent invention in the Zagros.
"It is unlikely that the Natufians were culturally isolated and regional interactions between Natufian (and other?) groups is also related to social complexity. The presence of imported materials, such as shell and obsidian, attests to exchange over relatively large geographical areas, covering many hundreds of kilometers in some cases. The nature of this may never be clearly known, but certainly many Natufian people lived in an ever expanding world." (D.T.Potts, A Comparison to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. p140)
"Investigations on the Deh Luran plain in the southern Zagros of southwest Iran have shed much light on the so-called Initial Village Period of its prehistory, dated by Hole (1987) as spanning 8000-6000 BC. For the Early Neolithic, two sites are of special importance. Ali Kosh and Chagha Sifid. As with all Early Neolithic sites in western Iran, they are close to good water sources. The earliest levels of Ali Kosh, the Bus Mordeh phase of c.7500 BC, feature traces of small-scale architecture, layers of ash and midden deposits containing lithic debris, burnt animal bones and numerous charred seeds, mainly from legumes (Hole et al 1969, 36). These components match well with those already discussed for the upland Zagros sites. The lithic assemblage of early Ali Kosh comprises rare obsidian, at 1% of the assemblage, rare pieces with sickle sheen, common scrappers for hide working and common bullet cores (Hole et al. 1969). Ground-stone tools increase in frequency through the site's occupation, while clay figurines are more frequent in earlier levels. An intriguing secondary burial of the limb bones of at least three adults, coated in red ochre and buried with strings of stone beads and turquoise, might be associated with ancestral ties to the place. In the succeeding Ali Kosh phase at Ali Kosh, later eight millennium BC, human burials all occur under house floors, including adult and children (Hole et al. 1969, 248)." (Edited by Roger Matthews, Hassan Fazeli Nashi, The Neolithisation of Iran, Oxbow Books, Oxford, UK, © Oxbow Books and the individual authors, 2013)
Ali Kosh is also Neolithic. The figurines found at Ali Kosh, the narrow based "stalk" figurines, are also found at Jarmo. They used ground stone to grind cereals, used red ochre and buried the dead beneath the dwelling's floor much on the order of the Natufian practice elsewhere. In fact some dwelling had the trade mark Natufian plaster floors. "The floors were covered with thick lime plaster, sometimes painted a reddish brown as in Tepe Guran, Ali Kosh, Jericho, Çatalhöyük, aceramic Hacilar and Mentese." (James Mellaart, The Earliest Settlements in Western Asia: From the Ninth to the End of the Fifth Millennium B.C.) The Google maps window on several web sites had the wrong location for Ali Kosh (and one is in Arabic). Two that I saw were not only wrong but wrong with different locations. I was able to locate (with a high degree of certainty) this site by using Frank Hole's drawing, who lead the archaeological team, but whose map is still an approximation. The site is between two rivers and located with at least two other important sites. There were no dogs found at Ali Kosk. Maybe they had cats. It is important to note the cultural continuity from the west as it arches through northern Mesopotamia all the way down to Ali Kosh. This completes the fringe area of the Fertile Crescent and substantiates what the UB has to say about the Andite homeland.
"Radiocarbon dating of the archaeological deposits, some 8 meters in depth, showed that Chogha Golan had been occupied continuously between about 12,000 and 9,700 years ago or even later. Then, Riehl and her colleagues traced the use of plants over that entire period of time. According to their research, the people of Chogha Golan apparently began cultivating wild barley, wheat, and lentils more than 11,500 years ago, and that domesticated forms of wheat appeared about 9,800 years ago, nearly as early as at sites to the west. The team concludes that the advent of farming at Chogha Golan, and in the eastern Fertile Crescent, was an independent event that paralleled developments much farther west. This suggests, researchers say, that farming was more or less inevitable once the Ice Age had ended and climatic and environmental conditions were right for it, rather than being a fluke that arose in just one location. Still, the fact that the domesticated wheat of Chogha Golan is several hundred years younger than the earliest known domesticated species, might indicate it was introduced from further west."
"A rich assemblage of fossils and artifacts in the foothills of the Zagros Mountains in Iran has revealed that the early inhabitants of the region began cultivating cereal grains for agriculture between 12,000 and 9,800 years ago. The discovery implies that the transition from foraging to farming took place at roughly the same time across the entire Fertile Crescent, not in a single core area of the "cradle of civilization," as previously thought.
But, how such strategies were disseminated over the entire Fertile Crescent—whether by the communication of ideas, the spread of crops or the migration of people—remains to be seen, according to the researchers."
Despite maps indicating a lack of cereals growing in the Zagros Chogha Golan stands out in opposition to that theory. "Even in comparison with later periods when settlements are based on fully established agriculture, such as the Bronze Age settlements in Syria the find densities for seeds and chaff remains at Chogha Golan appear to be extremely high." (http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2015/532481/) In defense of the lack of Zagros cereals this article does say that precipitation was extremely variable even over short distances.
Chogha Golan is very important because it shows agriculture before the Neolithic at about 9,500 BC. If the Younger Dryas did indeed cause the western Natufians to begin farming then it would be about a thousand years later for the east to catch up and this is still well within the range of the pre-Neolithic. There are no comments by these various archaeologists as to why farming was not a more of an even adoption across the Fertile Crescent. Some sites began farming several thousands of years after Chogha Golan and those Neolithic sites share pan-Mesopotamia cultural consistencies. The inconsistent adoption of farming may boil down to climate, or maybe not.
One thing that has not been addressed is cultural attitudes and biases. The UB has something to say about this. What academia will never know is what the hunter-gathers and the herders thought about the farmers. One of the great purposes of the original Calagastia 100 was to create an environment to encourage farming, a cornerstone of civilization. But as far as the hunters and herders were concerned farming was menial work and beneath their dignity. They looked down on the farmer. It is a reason for the slow adaptation by some tribes to engage in it. The UB further backs this up by citing the story of the perceived worth of the sacrificial offering of Cain and Abel (UB 900). We all know how that went. In the Middle East today you still have those who farm and those who herd.
As with Ali Kosh other maps have the wrong locations as well. This is true of Chogha Golan. So if you see an active Google map window you will likely have the wrong location, not always but my experience is that the greater number for the location of tells are wrong. Most of my maps are based on references from the archaeologists themselves and other reliable sources when possible.
This is a face reconstruction of a plastered skull from Jericho from 9,500 years ago. It is considered as Neolithic. This skull was CT scanned and the extracted dimensions were used to create a 3D printed replica. The face was built up using clay that was applied in layers to produce the correct depth of skin, tissue and muscle. As you can see the resulting sculpture is very modern looking. The cult of head removal has its first example in Natufian culture during the Epipalaeolithic and became more wide spread later on. This person would have been a Natufian or as I would put it, an Andite. (http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/06/arts/jericho-skull-reconstruction-british-museum/index.html)
The above map is a rough indication of where the Andites were most prevalent over a long span of time (Polynesia and the Americas not included). It would look very different depending which slice of time you are referencing. They first appear on the rim of Mesopotamia. They migrate into Central Asia and from there into India, China and north into Siberia. From the Russian Steppes they travel west into eastern Europe over land and via the Danube into western Europe. A secondary route was across Anatolia into Greece and the Balkans. They also traveled south into Egypt along the Nile and from the delta northward to Crete and then Greece. They too pushed north and some went west across the Balkans. A smaller number traveled across northern Africa and reached the Atlantic coast at Lixus Morocco and down along the Atlantic coast but very few traveled into Africa itself. Then there was a small group that made it to Japan and then to South America from where their influence made its way to Central America and finally up into Mexico. The two main avenues into Europe were the northern route about the northern shores of the Caspian Sea into eastern Europe and the second by crossing the Aegean to Greece, then into the Balkans and into Europe.
The Neolithic Revolution appeared because of the Andites and was a result of their ingenuity, coping with their environment, willingness to experiment and hard work. Their forefathers, the Nodites, were semi divine which means they were one of the most able of the planetary stocks. They both had excellent genes. The Adamites from the Garden of Eden were a second infusion of superior genes. The Adamites, also known as the violet race, produced advanced technologies such as ceramics, metal working, agriculture, animal husbandry and writing which was subsequently lost. It is because of where the Andites evolved on the fringe of Mesopotamia that we see the beginning of agriculture, animal domestication and one of the places for metallurgy. The Andites are, as the author of the Epic of Gilgamesh would write, two thirds gods and one third human. That contains a reference to the Nephilim (who on this site are the Nodites), the Adamites from the Garden and evolutionary man which by this time are both the Sangiks, the tribes of the evolutionary races of color, and the Andonites. The Andites as a race are invisible to all academia and the world at large but some do question if a lost advanced civilization of an unknown people did exist in distant antiquity.
The end date for the Natufians of 8000 BC is thought by a minority of scholars to be because of two reasons (Bar-Yosef gives 7500 BC which is closer to the actual date). First their cultural artifacts start to disappear at about this time indicating they were no longer present in any great numbers. Second is what is called the “Younger Dryas” in which the temperature became colder again and put a halt to growing cereals. Some support the claim that during this period there was wide spread famine. But the UB says the Andites migrated away from the areas where they were living because of "the pressure of the hill tribes to the east and the harassment of the plainsmen of the west." (UB 873) There is no mention of climate change for this migration. That made me wonder just how close are climatologists on their projections of temperature during this span of time because it also brings up other questions, especially for UB readers, about the Garden of Eden (located due east) which if the climate assumptions were accurate it would have been too cold for agriculture. If I remember correctly the temperatures that you see in climate charts are based on core samples from Greenland, the epicenter of the glacial periods. That's fine for Greenland but I am skeptical of applying that data to southwestern Asia. So I do not fully trust these charts as it applies to the Levant. Second, the assumed reason by some for the migrations away from the Levant at 8,000 BC is the "Younger Dryas" when it became too cold to grow crops. If you look at the chart this period it is as cold as the end of the late glacial. However, using their own dates for the cultures and overlaying their climate data their conclusion is obviously wrong. There is, by their own accord, a warming period called the Holocene that predates the Natufian departure by about one thousand five hundred years. Therefore it is impossible that the Natufians were driven out of the Levant by cold weather. It was nice out. There is one more group of people, indications of the Kebaran, living at Ohalo on the Sea of Galilee at 21,500 BC and if they were not growing crops they were certainly harvesting them from the wild. This dates them to the era of the LGM the Last Glacial Maximum. How according to the climate data could a very early people living in the Levant be foraging grain at a time when it is supposed to be too cold to grow? This is during the last great Ice Age. What I think is that although the climate data from Greenland and Vostok match fairly closely they do not accurately represent the projected temperatures for the Levant based on the archaeological record. So I'm skeptical. One other point that supports the UB is Jericho, which is considered as one of the oldest cities, had a central tower but more importantly a high wall surrounding the city which dates to 8000 BC. Archaeologists have two explanations for the tower and the wall. The first is it was built to protect against floods and the second built for defensives purposes which apparently it was. Jericho was Natufian. It was abandoned about 7000 BC.
The pollen record shows a "slight decrease in arboreal pollen" which is much more on track for the temperature in the Levant for the Younger Dryas period. The term arboreal refers to forested land which in this case is mainly oak. This would make sense as it is cooler and dryer but not enough to stunt growth to the point of famine. This pollen core sample is taken from the Hula Valley in present day Israel. "In sum, the various lines of evidence demonstrate cold, wet conditions during the Geometric Kebaran/Mushabian period (14,000-12.00/12,500 B.P.) preceding the Natufian, and an ensuing drier period in the Late Natufian (Younger Dryas)."
(http://www.jstor.org/stable/2743274?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents) (D. Bar-Yosef and F. Valla, The Natufian Culture and the Origin of the Neolithic in the Levant, University of Chicago Press © 1990) This information from the JSTOR web page, which I trust, doesn't say anything about a too cold climate. If anything it supports a growing season through the Younger Dryas and only remarks that a lesser amount of pollen was found during the period in question.
The best explanation that parallels the UB in terms of having to turn to agriculture, by the "coersion of climate necessity" is this quote:
"Another major crisis was the ‘‘Younger Dryas,’’ a period of cold, dry climatic conditions that lasted for centuries. Rapid reduction in the size of the lushest vegetation belts as well as reduction in the yields of natural stands of C3 plants such as cereals forced certain human groups to change their organizational strategies, including the ways they obtained carbohydrate resources. Experimental planting, shifts in the location of settlements, and the clearing of land patches resulted in establishment of the Early Neolithic (commonly labeled PPNA) villages, first in the western part, or the Levantine wing, of the Fertile Crescent." (http://www.columbia.edu/itc/anthropology/v1007/baryo.pdf) In other words at first because of climate it was easy to simply harvest wild grain. But during the Younger Dryas there wasn't as much as before and the population had grown as indicated by settlement size. So they were forced to grow their own crops as a matter of survival. They had become reliant on cereals as their staple food but complimented their diet with a more broad-spectrum hunting.
When the Natufians migrated out from the Levant they would have continued going north as indicated by various archaeological digs as their homeland kept stretching northward. Those who went north most would have turned west into Anatolia following the vegetation with some of them settling at Çatalhöyük starting at 7400 BC (ucl.ac.uk). Cultures such as the Khiamian in Syria north of Mesopotamia and the Levant "is placed in the continuity of the Natufian." Others, such as the Harifians, would have traveled south into Egypt, the Nile River Valley. Dates are approximate. Bar-Yosef's has 7500 BC for the end of the Natufians in the Levant. I would go by the date of 7000 BC for the Levant because that is about when Jericho was abandoned. The final dispensation for the Andites has an end date of 6000 BC in the UB.
As for the beginning of Çatalhöyük some archaeologists have 7400 BC for its beginning and that would accommodate the migration of the Natufians. It is very clear they were growing crops at Çatalhöyük We are by now in the Holocene and the weather is warm much like today.
"To help him figure out the basis for the settlement's apparent prosperity, Mellaart put out the call to some of the world's leading specialists.
One of the first to show up was paleobotanist Hans Helback, an expert in fossil plant remains from the Danish National Museum in Copenhagen. Helback had earlier worked with Robert Braidwood at Jarmo, where he found the burnt remains of the earliest known domesticated wheat and barley. Helback was bowled over by the abundance of domesticated plants he found at Çatalhöyük." (The Goddess and the Bull: Çatalhöyük: An Archaeological Journey to the Dawn..., Michael Balter, Free Press © 2005 Michael Balter)
Mellaart is the archaeologist who discovered Çatalhöyük and thereby confirmed that there were Neolithic settlements in Anatolia when it was the fashion to deny such a possibility. He found a type of obsidian at Çatalhöyük that was also used at Jericho in the Natufian heartland. Before excavating Çatalhöyük Mellaart had discovered Hacilar a slightly later Neolithic Tell. It was to the west - the same direction the Natufians were moving. Çatalhöyük was the second new experiment of these people, the first being farming. This second experiment was the first urban life. Çatalhöyük was packed together houses and no streets. Access was through a roof opening. There is another settlement, Ashilki Höyük, that has most of the characteristics of Çatalhöyük and may have been the location for their obsidian. Trade from this region in obsidian to Jericho has been recorded as early as 12,000 BC. so the Natufians knew of this area before migrating.
The decorating of skulls referenced above by mathilda37 (Mathilda's Anthropology Blog) seems to be for Çatalhöyük and this is comparable to the culture at Jericho. "They seem to share some cultural ties to the Turkish culture of the time, such as removing and decorating skulls, and burying their dead inside their houses." These two locations have other cultural commonalities as well. The detachment or dearticulation of the skull from the body was a common feature in the various cultures and may indicate ancestral veneration. This skull separation is a late Natufian practice which means it arose within the Andite culture for whatever reason and should not be linked to the "Watchers" or Nephilim, their forefathers.
Andite-Natufians move westward
I consider this site almost as important as Ohalo II because of its evidence of very early agriculture. Both of these very early sites are pre-Natufian which implies a Kebaran culture even this far south. Wadi Kubbaniya is located just northwest of present day Nagaa Al Hajar which is south of Kom Umbu. There is nothing there to see from satellite but you can click on the image for a larger view. The controversy for this early date, one of which is as early as 16,500 BC., is based on whether or not the seeds found are wild or domestic. There was harvesting which is called "plant exploitation" as shown by the seeds at the site, grinding implements and the stone sickles with the tell tale sheen. But it remains inconclusive for farming as the seed sample is not large enough for that determination. Wild seeds have a smooth base where it joins the stem and domesticated seeds have a jagged base. Fred Wendorf who was in charge of excavating this site (along with his colleague Romuald Schild) in answer to his critics said that even if the cereals are determined to be wild that it is the behavior that is most important which lead to the Neolithic revolution. "We've been looking at the wrong thing," he says. "It would seem that what needs to be explained is not the beginnings of food production; I think that was a normal and natural response to new food resources. What we need to explain is the shift in emphasis to dependence on cereals—the increased emphasis on cereals as a source of food which ultimately led to the Neolithic revolution." (www.mosaicsciencemagazine.org/pdf/m13_04_82_01.pdf)
"...something highly unusual really did take place in Egypt sometime between 13,000 and 12,000 BC. At four Isnan sites on the Upper Nile - at Isna (from which the culture takes its name), at Naqada, at Dishna, and at Tushka, 125 miles up river from Aswan - palaeontologists have unearthed clear evidence that these ancient peoples selected and grew their own cereal crops. Stone sickle blades were used to reap the harvests, while grinding-stones were employed to extract the maximum amount of grain. Not only did the Isnan possess a primitive form of agriculture, they would also appear to have mastered animal domestication and to have possessed a highly advanced microblade technology." (http://humanpast.net/food/food13k.htm)
These dates are also earlier than the Natufians. So it would appear that these people were Nodites and could be comparable to the Kebaran culture at Ohalo II which also has evidence of processing cereals before the Natufians. Just south of the Kebaran were the Mushabian (and or the Ramonian) people at 16,000 - 12,5000 BC. These people I would consider as the southern Kebaran. Given this evidence, that Nodites made it at least this far into Egypt we can conclude then, it could be one more place from which Egyptian influence made its way back northward probably through trade and marriage. It would appear that the farming culture of Wadi Kubbaniya had expanded to include these Isnan communities or that these communities may be a new population migrating south from the Levant. Some of the Adamites in their early expansion did make it to the Nile Valley and the Sahara. The UB does not say if they had any impact on agriculture. It would be at the end of the Andite migrations from Mesopotamia that the greatest number of Andites traveled to this river valley.
"The broad-headed Nodite-Andonite Syrians very early introduced pottery and agriculture in connection with their settlements on the slowly rising Nile delta. They also imported sheep, goats, cattle, and other domesticated animals and brought in greatly improved methods of metalworking, Syria then being the center of that industry." (UB 889)
"As mentioned above, materials such as stone from Arabia, obsidian from Anatolia and shell from the Nile valley show contacts with people over several hundred kilometers away. But other evidence, such as stone blade shaping techniques derived from north Africa and some evidence for north African genes in the population suggests that people may also have come in from some distance. Additionally there is tenuous evidence for the import of a type of fig from north Africa."
Not unexpected. The north African gene could be partly a result of an Egyptian endowment. The Harifian have a connection to an Oasis in Egypt called El-Fayyum. Egypt had a relationship with the Kebaran even earlier. Egyptian influence is felt as far north as Tel es-Sa'idiyeh by 5000 BC (Bronze Age). There are claims that two seven foot female skeletons were found at es-Sa'idiyeh. This is not true. The archaeologist Johnathan Tubbs to whom this claim is attributed and who excavated at Tel es Sa'idiyeh denied outright that there ever were such skeletons (The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible by Michael Heiser). Many archaeologists are of the opinion that the African gene is Saharan. This is most likely the case as the Nodites had lived in the eastern Mediterranean basin and did mingle in those early years with the Saharans.
"In the eastern trough of the Mediterranean the Nodites had established one of their most extensive cultures and from those centers had penetrated somewhat into southern Europe but more especially into northern Africa. The broad headed Nodite-Andonite Syrians very early introduced pottery and agriculture in connection with their settlements on the slowly rising Nile delta. They also imported sheep, goats, cattle and other domesticated animals and brought in greatly improved methods of metal working, Syria then being the center of that industry." (UB 889)
This could be a reason for the earliest harvesting of cereals and animal domestication at Isna and perhaps Wadi Kubbaniya. Since this predates the Natufians it has to be the mixed Kebaran-Nodites. Earlier there were Nodites living in the Mediterranean basin. With the retreating ice sheet the rising waters of the Atlantic broke through at Gilbralter and the Mediterranean rose closer to its present level. The Nodite center in the Mediterranean basin was wiped out by this flood at about 32,000 years ago. This rise in sea level also submerged the land bridge from Europe to England. The real mixing happened before this flood and with the dramatic climate change that was taking place. The cloud carrying winds shifted northward and brought a drought to the Saharan landscape. This drove the Saharans into Spain, southward into Africa and east to Egypt, Arabia and to India. It is another answer to the question of the Saharan gene appearing in the Levantine population.
Nearby the ancient city of El-Fayyum known today as Faiyum is the tell Dimeh Al-Siba also known as Karanis.
"Early Natufian peoples were accomplished stone masons, responsible for the construction of the Neolithic city of Jericho, with its famous stone defensive tower built sometime between 8350 BC to 7370 BC. Agriculture in this region goes back to 12,000 BP (before present), although the key nerve center for the spread of advanced technology in the Near East was unquestionably southeast Turkey, where Pre-pottery Neolithic sites such as Gobekli Tepe and Nevali Cori catalysed an unprecedented epoch of art, architecture and technological advancement on a level not seen before.
Thus the most likely builders of the Karanis Neolithic city were Natufian settlers from Palestine, who had migrated to Egypt between 5500 and 5000 BC."
"Might the city have been ruled by descendants of the
Watchers and Nephilim of the book of Genesis and the book of Enoch?
Egypt's Neolithic city would have possessed a ruling elite, a dynasty of individuals, who were most probably among the country's earliest rulers, or kings. If they were of Natufian stock, then it is possible that this elite were descendants of those who constructed the Pre-pottery Neolithic cult complexes of Gobekli Tepe and Nevali Cori in southeast Turkey, which was the site of the biblical Garden of Eden. The Watchers, and their ledendary (sic) offspring the Nephilim, are said to have lived in 'Eden', and there is overwhelming evidence that they were in fact a shamanic or ruling elite attached to southeast Turkey's earliest cult centres. The descendants of these earliest Neolithic peoples of the Near East were also responsible for Catal Huyuk, the ancient world's oldest city near Konya, in southern-central Turkey. It dates to c. 7000-5500 BC, and here we find depictions of its priestly or ruling elite as shamans in coats made from the feathers of the vulture, a bird associated with the transmigration of the soul into the afterlife. It is possible that similar influences might have permeated through the Natufian peoples into Egypt, c. 5500 BC, meaning that, yes, the descendants of the Watchers and Nephilim might well have constituted the ruling elite of Karanis's Neolithic city."
(http://www.crawford2000.co.uk/7000.htm from a report by Andrew Collins)
I always take Andrew Collins with a grain of salt. But he does come up with some interesting information. His conclusion and my own are parallel as far as considering the Natufian as descendants of the Nephilim. As to the Watchers and Nephilim as a ruling shamanic elite that is dubious in my opinion as Shamanism was world wide and was ruled by Shaman of an evolutionary order maybe even before the Watchers even touched down. You did not have to be a Watcher or Nephilim to be a Shaman. If anything Shaman often had some type of physical deformity or some kind of mental illness - an indication of "spirit possession" or the ability to speak with the unseen. Those descendants of the Watchers were more than likely to be political or military leaders than Shaman. Shamanism is an evolutionary religion. The Nephilim - the Nodites - carried a different idea that was linked to heaven which is confirmed in the writings of the Sumerians. But they too had Shaman within their communities. They were not immune from the forces of evolutionary religion. There is a second statement he makes about the Natufians that is just as interesting: "Early Natufian peoples were accomplished stone masons, responsible for the construction of the Neolithic city of Jericho, with its famous stone defensive tower built sometime between 8350 BC to 7370 BC." There are several trails that lead back to the Andites and one of them is their expertise in constructing architecture and monuments in stone. Very important as it lays the foundation of the shortly appearing Megalithic Age. But Karanis is not Neolithic as stated above. It is Greco-Roman. "Karanis, or "the Lord's Town", was one of the largest Greco-Roman cities in the Fayoum. It was founded in the third century BC, probably by Ptolemy II Philadelphus, and was originally inhabited by the mercenaries of his army." (http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/karanis.htm) The Neolithic, which ended with dates for the end in the Levant as early as 3700 BC., and ends with the age of metals starting with copper is called the Chalcolithic. Andrew Collins would have been much more on target had he mention instead the oasis Fayum also known as the Faiyum where evidence of early farming at about 5200 BC has been uncovered. The Crawford 2000 web site no longer hosts this page.
" The Andites built the first stone structures in Egypt. The first and most exquisite of the stone pyramids was erected by Imhotep, an Andite architectural genius, while serving as prime minister." (UB 894) To the left is a picture of that pyramid and the bust of Imhotep the Andite. The pyramid is called the pyramid of Djoser and is located at Saqqara which is just south of Giza.
Baalbek and Göbekli Tepe
This map shows the locations of Göbekli Tepe, Baalbek, Gilgal Rephaim and where the earlier Natufians and Kebarans lived. Click on it for a larger view. Legend/folklore has it that Baalbek was built by the Nephilim with one named individual being Djenoun. They could be right. It is located smack dab in the center of the Kebaran-Natufian homeland. Göbekli Tepe and Baalbek are two of the most mysterious places on earth. Both of these structures are considered megalithic and both are considered as places for religious ceremony. The elevation for both is the high ground which is to be expected. They do not display any identifying marks as to who built them. The timing of the construction for Göbekli Tepe has one proposed date of 9500 BC and another is 10,000 BC which puts it firmly within the Natufian time frame. But I would not be surprised if the Andites were not also considered as Nephilim just like their ancestors. There weren't many archaeologists back then to help make that distinction. Just a quick mention here of Gilgal Rephaim which is just north of Jericho. That makes three related and mysterious structures in and about the Kebaran/Natufian homeland. Gilgal was built much later during the Iron Age and is most likely not a Natufian structure. There are no dates for Baalbek. The abandonment of Göbekli Tepe is at the time of the migration of the Natufians away from the Levant. They buried it before leaving for the west. What is striking about these immense structures is that they symbolize a religious declaration. If you are interested in Gilgal Rephaim and the biblical person of Og the kingly Nephilim giant, click here: Stories of the Nephilim and Rephaim
Baalbek's importance as a religious shrine goes far back into the prehistoric. We know it was held in such reverence over a vast period of time that the Romans built their most spectacular temple to Jupiter on the platform. You can still see the columns of the temple to Jupiter on it. The circle in the above image is the original platform. The rest of the complex is Roman. The Egyptians supposedly had high priests there and named it after their own Heliopolis. According to Ambrosius Theodosius Macrobius a Roman grammarian and Neoplatonist philosopher wrote in his work called Saturnalia that there was an Egyptian priest colony at Baalbek and hence the Ptolemaic name of Heliopolis. Ancient Heliopolis was one of the most sacred cities in Egypt and was located at present day Cairo. Muslims also built a mosque at the site. It was also renown for its oracles. What was originally on the great platform at Baalbek is gone. Whatever was there was most likely reused by the Romans. There is almost universal agreement that Baalbek was dedicated to the Canaanite god Baal. One connection of Baalbek with Çatalhöyük is the Bull Cult. Baalism is associated with the bull. But Baalbek and Göbekli Tepe in some ways couldn't be more different.
The original Baalbek was a rectangular stone platform unadorned and high up. I think Baalbek could very well be Kebaran-Nephilim. My argument is this: Whoever built it had knowledge of engineering which the Nodites apparently had in their endeavor to build the tower of Babel. They worked on the tower for four and a half years before falling into a devastating war over what it was suppose to represent. It wasn't the hard work but the contested symbolism that ended the project. This idea of monumental architecture must have been deeply embedded within the Kebaran and Natufian cultures. The later Andites also tried to build a second tower but it "fell of its own pretentious weight." (UB 859) Both Göbekli Tepe and Baalbek are monumental architectural much like the later megalithic traditions and embody a religious context. Also Baalbek was built to a very high standard. But I am not so sure that it was for a religious reason alone. It could be the Nodites finally did build their monument to remember their roots, that glorified past they were so obsessed with. Theirs was a building so audacious as to be remembered for eternity. That didn't happen. Eventually the memory of who built it, why it was built and when it was built was forgotten. By the time of the invention of writing, thousands of years later, it had become Baalbek, associated with the Canaanite god and widely known as a revered religious center. That is my rational for a Nephilim construction of Baalbek. The UB is mute on the subject. The one problem I have with Baalbek is that it has a more modern or recent appearance. It is squared off and very clean looking. But the ability to move and place such large blocks of stone is not recent. That technique is lost to a far away antiquity. I am of the opinion that it is Kebaran/Nephilim built but I have nothing substantial to back it up. Therefore any theory on who built it must remain just that - a theory.
Göbekli Tepe is more like Natufian construction being subterranean, oval with stone foundations and lots of art. There are murals from Çatalhöyük with vultures and there are vultures in bas relief from Göbekli Tepe. There is one image of the "splayed figure" that is found at Göbekli Tepe and at Çatalhöyük. This image is unusual and identical to both locations. But the clincher is the lime plaster floors found in a rectangular building at Göbekli Tepe. There is clear evidence of plaster floors at Natufian sites sometimes painted. In some instances we know that these plastered floors were polished and maintained. Think of it - perfectly flat, level and polished floors were the floors in some of their very early huts at about 9000 BC. During the Neolithic this construction was very popular. Dirt floors were so yesterday.
The evidence is heavily weighed towards a Natufian-Andite origin although it is not out of the question than another "cultural entity" could have built it. But the Natufians were by far the dominant culture at this time and another reason is sheer numbers and man power. Another culture building it is unlikely. Also there is architectural evidence of buildings for ritualistic purposes in Natufian material culture and that Natufians had "substantial ritual behaviors." (D.T.Potts, A Comparison to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. p137). Very often the term "oldest known temple" or "oldest known example of monumental architecture" is used to describe it. Maybe they completely disregard Baalbek because it cannot be dated or they ascribe to the belief that it is Roman. You will rarely, if ever, see it mentioned in relation to Göbekli Tepe. The construction of the complex at Göbekli Tepe demonstrates a puzzle for archaeologists and that is the older sections are better built that the later sections. As UB readers we know why. The further you go back into the Paleolithic the higher the quality which is shown at Göbekli Tepe and perhaps Baalbek. This defies all the beliefs of an evolutionary explanation. Just the opposite. Also the original builders left for the west leaving the later monument building to the mixed tribes who came later. This same deterioration is also true of some pottery. This is because as those earlier artists and builders began to have more evolutionary blood there occurred that drop off in quality. It is quite evident that the buildings at Göbekli Tepe went through this process.
"These civilizations of the Andite age cannot always be traced by the stages of their pottery or other arts. The smooth course of human evolution was tremendously complicated by the regimes of both Dalamatia and Eden. It often occurs that the latter vases and implements are inferior products of the pure Andite peoples." (UB 903)
The Epic of Baal
Before the Romans arrived the great platform of Baalbek stood alone. It was a monument unto itself. One important feature at that time was the so-called crevice located to the front of the platform where the Romans would later build their courtyard. Hardly anyone mentions this feature but it has to be important. One more thing about the crevice, it is located near the center of the courtyard. That is something worth noting. But what is peculiar about all of this is that Baalbek is off due east and west and that the platform is centered on the crevice. So Baalbek has been rotated to that position for an astronomical alignment from the podium to the horizon and inline with the crevice. I believe this marks the "resurrection" of Baal and therefore the crevice is his symbolic grave. At first I thought it was a solstice alignment but came to the conclusion it was not. What is left is a constellation or more likely a heliacal rising star. My choice is Sirius the dog star of Orion. At the bottom of this crevice, to which there are no stairs only rocks to step down on, is a stone hewn alter. It has no markings. In other words it is a sanctuary reached only from above. It is deep enough that you would need lighting of some sort. The Romans built their sacrificial alter directly over it. They could have built it anywhere in the courtyard but chose that spot for their own reasons. This alter, which faced their temple of Jupiter, was one of the most complicated pieces of architecture that the Romans ever built, which is saying a lot. I find all of this very intriguing. They knew something about the history of Baalbek that we don't. But it goes further than that and now we come to the god Baal. In the Canaanite "Epic of Baal" the god is killed and then resurrected, a cycle that academics refer to as the Ugaritic Baal Cycle, the reoccurring cycle of the seasons. It is during Baal's death that we find an allusion to the Lucifer Rebellion. More on that can be found on the page Lucifer. An image of Baalbek's podium with the Roman alter can be found here . The epic continues:
"Baal is dead!"
Woe to the people of Dagon's son!
Woe to the multitudes of Athar-Baal!
"Let us go down into the earth."
With Her goes down the Torch of the Gods, Shapash.
Until She is sated with weeping, She drinks tears like wine.
Aloud She cries to the Torch of the Gods, Shapash: "Load Aliyan Baal on to Me!"
The Torch of the Gods, Shapash, hearkens.
She lifts Aliyan Baal,
On the shoulders of Anath She places Him,
She raises Him into the heights of Saphon.
She weeps for Him and buries Him.
She puts Him in the grave of the Gods of the earth.
The goddess Shapash (Lady Sun), the Torch of the Gods must descend into the nether world with Anath to bury Baal. Anath then sacrifices seventy oxen, seventy wild goats, seventy asses and so on. Because Baal is dead Ashtar assumes the throne. But he is too little to fill it and he "Goes down from the throne of Aliyan Baal, That He may rule over all the grand earth." Then the god El proclaims that Baal is alive.
The God of Mercy rejoices.
His feet He sets on the footstool.
He cracks a smile and laughs.
He lifts His voice And shouts: "Let Me sit and rest, And let My soul repose in My breast.
For Aliyan Baal is resurrected, For the Prince, Lord of Earth, exists."
Anath hears the news and asks the Goddess Shapash to find Baal:
Shapash descends into the underworld. She enters the realm of Sheol.Red Ochre
Upon Her return to the world above, She carries Great Baal with Her.
Baal goes into the heights of Saphon. He confronts Mavet, the Hero.
Baal seizes the son of Asherah.
The great one He smites on the shoulder. The tyrant He smites with a stick.
Mavet is vanquished, Reaches earth.
The goddess Shapash, the Torch of the Gods descends into the nether world to bring Baal back alive to the land of the living. He vanquishes and does not (but Anath does), kill his enemy Mavet, also known as Mot, and regains his throne. But it is a cycle and once again will Mavet kill Baal. The reason the Romans may have built the sacrificial alter may be because of the sacrifices of Anath. The crevice is representative of Baal's grave. Sacrifice was part of a repeating ritual. But there is such a strange convergence of seeming unrelated details. You need to go down to the sanctuary at Baalbek with its crude stone alter. Anath and Shapash have to go down into the nether world to bury and then retrieve Baal. The Canaanite Epic of Baal contains a reference to the Lucifer Rebellion. It could also have a veiled reference to the war over the building of the tower of Babel. According to legend the giants fell to fighting among themselves and it was a terrible war. In 1 Enoch Chapter 10 Gabriel is commanded to, "...send them one against another that they may destroy each other in battle: for length of days they shall not have." and "when their sons have slain one another, and they have seen the destruction of their beloved ones, bind them fast for seventy generations..." As a result of the Nephilim conflict half of the remaining supporters of building the tower to celebrate their nationalistic pride, migrated to western Syria which is part of the Kebaran homeland. In the epic, Anath:
"turns her anger to the enemies of Baal, to those who were fickle against Baal in His Trials.Anath goes on a rampage:
She attacks mankind."
"She smites the people of the seashore, Destroys mankind of the sunrise."Some hints beneath this savagery are, first the reference to "mankind of the sunrise, the people of the sea shore" and second is the "two cities." The later Sumerians located Dilmun from Mesopotamia as to the east "where the sun rises." Dilmun was also located near the "seashore." My second comment is that the war was fought between two opposing groups that almost decimated one another, "and to devour one another's flesh," (Enoch chapter 7) and thus the "two cities", the sister cities of perhaps Dilmun and Bablot. These are some of the similarities between 1 Enoch and the Epic of Baal. Then there is the destruction of mankind by Anath in the epic and the destruction of mankind by the giants in Enoch. In the epic, Baal at first has no palace, temple, no place to call his own. Other gods have there places but Baal does not. But eventually his palace is built on Mount Zaphon where he is buried and resurrected. This is probably more of an observation on my part but this is how legends work. The stories of the Sumerians and the Canaanites have the gods as the main actors who play out these dramas as a device for remembering the past. They all have some kernel of truth.
"But is not satisfied. She had smitten in the valley [some have plain], fought between the two cities."
"Anath guts their liver with laughter. Her heart is filled with joy, for Anath's hand is victory.
For knee-deep She plunges in the blood of soldiery, Up to the neck in the gore of troops [some have Heros]."
The UB says the Andites tried a second time to build the tower but failed. That means they were building after the passing of the Kebaran or some eastern Kebaran tribe as they were rebuilding over the original structure at about 10,000 BC. which is just about the time Göbekli Tepe. It also means Baalbek is not that location for the tower but rather it is somewhere in the foothills of the Zagros and probably south of Ali Kosh maybe Susa. Another thing it shows is the memory of their forefathers was still alive in Andite culture and that there lingered that passion to rebuild the tower of Babel even though at that time they had been hunters and gathers over the passing millennia, just like the hunter gathers that built Göbekli Tepe.
Added March 2017
I could be persuaded that Baalbek is Neolithic which means two things. First it is Andite not Nephilim and second, it was built after Göbekli Tepe. The window of time is very narrow to consider this theory. There are several polygonal stones in the walls of Baalbek but that is not enough evidence for a Neolithic construction. If Baalbek is Natufian, it certainly is different. As stated above I thought the alignment was for the solstice but it is too far off. If it is Neolithic it could have an Egyptian influence. The star Sirius is associated with the flooding of the Nile and thus an agricultural explanation. The Egyptians did have a close relationship with the Phoenicians who were Canaanites. In fact some think Baalbek is Phoenician. I do not think so. The Phoenicians did build temples but not on this scale. That tells me that megalithic architecture on the order of Baalbek was no longer being built even for their own purposes.
The Epic of Baal reminds me of another epic: Inana's Descent to the Nether World. It too has several themes within the same story. The Sumerian epic includes the seasonal theme, a goddess of the dead - Ereškigal, death and resurrection with Shamanic rituals which I write about on page Shamanism and Revealed Religion. The Canaanite epic involves a seasonal theme, a god of the dead - Mot, death and resurrection and at least two of the earlier Nephilim legends. These complexities seems to elude most scholars who see only the agricultural element. So in the end, I like the idea that Baalbek could be Nephilim built but if more info comes forward for an Andite monument, I could embrace that as well. There you go, the mystery continues.
One thing I did not mention, which I believe is important, is where the Baal Epic comes from: Lebanon which borders Syria. Home to the Phoenicians who were Canaanites and one of the locations for the northern Emiran, Ahmarian, Kebaran and Natufians. The Epic of Baal is Canaanite literature. As mentioned above, this location was part of a wider general area where those migrants from the Land of Nod who sought shelter away from the warring Eastern Nodites settled down as hunter gathers to raise their families. There were others living here first. The Vanites which includes Amadonites and those loyal Nodites all of whom were well versed in the events of the rebellion. So now you have in one location three elements involved directly with the Lucifer Rebellion. Those are the Amadonites who are H.erectus but culturally Vannic, Northern Nodites who very early split away from the rebel Nodites to follow Van and those migrating Western Nodites from what would later become Elam. Van himself was most likely living at his head quarters in Turkmenistan at this time. So it is no surprise that those early events became incorporated into the pneumonic Epic of Baal.
Another topic that involves those above but in particular the ethnic character of the Canaanites is religion. The Canaanite religion, which the Hebrew prophets riled against, has multiple connections with Judaism and not the least is with El. But let me back up a little to put this into a more relatable context. At Üçagızlı Cave, which is in present day Turkey but almost in Syria on the eastern Mediterranean coast, have been found lithics and perforated shells used as body ornaments. The earliest estimate for this time frame is about 47,000 ya. and is at the time cultural artifacts begin to show up. These assemblages "resembles some examples of the early Kebaran from the northern Levant". (http://web.arizona.edu/~hatayup/pubs/Kuhn2002.pdf) These people are dated to the IUP which means they are considered archaic Homo sapiens, Sangiks. "These [western Syrian] Nodites had freely mated with the Sangik races and left behind an able progeny." (UB 822) For me that indicates a lineage from the IUP back to those earlier Nodites and consequently to include their religious beliefs. All of this migrates to the southern Levant and home to three of the world's major religions. "Only the Nodites and Amadonites was there persistence of the traditions of Dalamatia and the culture of the Planetary Prince." (UB 821)
Before discussing the Sumerians I would like to end this section with a short presentation on the subject of red ochre. You probably do not know it but the mining of red ochre was the worlds first industry on a phenomenal scale. It says a lot about the primitive mind set (as in early). Red ochre is a mineral, an oxide that had no major purpose other than ritual. You could not eat it and beyond symbolic use there only a couple of theoretical uses. Used as a body paint it may have been discovered as an antibacterial agent and deterring insect bites. That is if they were able to connect cause and effect. (This is further complicated as the use of some clays which do the same thing. See: Denise Schmandt-Besserat, penn.museum) However the ritual component was seemingly universal. The use of red ochre is not Andite but they too were using it. Red ochre was a symbolic material hundreds of thousands of years before the appearance of the Andites. And at that stretch into antiquity it is easily the time of the first archaic Homo sapiens. Some dates go back to Homo erectus. Certainly Neanderthal is included. There are Neanderthal workshops that produced red ochre powder from the raw ore. Everyone wanted it and everyone used it. Apparently everyone needed it. It was mined in unbelievable quantities. At Lion Cavern alone it is estimated 1200 tons were removed. That's just one of countless mines and I believe it was the world's first money preceding both metal and obsidian. In that context it was an item of trade. It was important stuff. It was carried over vast distances by those who traded it or by those who traveled to get it. We know of its use as a pigment not only for body decoration (which is still being used today) but also for painting images on the walls of caves. That use hardly explains the massive quantities that was mined. We also know it was used in mortuary practices. Archaic Homo sapiens, Homo heidelbergensis and Neanderthals used it as part of the burial ritual. Some would include Homo erectus but that is inconclusive as far as burial practices go. This mortuary practice also extended to inanimate objects. The Venus figurines and items such as axe heads have been found with traces of it. "Excavations at this site [Port au Choix, Newfoundland] yielded a dazzling array of objects - animal effigies, bone needles, antler combs, shell beads, wale-bone foreshafts, quartz crystals, bird-bone whistles or drinking tubes, ground-stone adzes, axes and bayonets, pendants and even dog burials - all covered in red ochre." (Donald H. Holly Jr., History in the Making: The Archaeology of the Eastern Subartic, AltaMira Press © 2013 by AltaMira Press) There is one grave most likely of a Shaman who is literally buried in the stuff. Think ten bags of concrete. So much so it even stained all the ground surrounding the remains. Most believe that red ochre is linked to blood. If you were to stumble upon some red ochre at ground level after a rain storm it would look like blood. There are a number of cultures who still use red ochre in ceremony and they will tell you it is linked to blood. Its a good bet that early man had the same concepts.
use of red as a universal, protective power has also been documented
historically and cross-culturally, and often in association with blood
symbolism. Herbert Kenyon (1926: 29-35) systematically listed red items
and substances used as protective agents throughout historical times
beginning with lamb's blood to protect the Children of Israel, (sic)
through the use of hematite for soldiers suffering from loss of blood
in battle, to the extension of protection to inanimate objects. He also
noted redness was a distinguishing mark of shamans and that more
importantly the power of red was due to its obvious association with
fire. He concluded red through fire became a representation of divine
power, a sacred symbol, and thus the one color having "the greatest
magical properties" (1926: 35). Such magical powers have also been
observed for Northwest coast societies. McLaren (1978: 18) has stated
that red paint was a "principal media of restoring the dead to life"
and that "red as a color symbolized supernatural intervention and
curing." Ritchie suggested much the same for the use of red ochre
every "primitive" society studied by anthropologists a preoccupation
with blood has been noted. A principle of anthropology that applies
here is: The wider the distribution of a trait, the older it is. Since
the use of red ochre as a symbol of blood is virtually universal, we
may conclude that it is very old and that the earliest populations
regarded blood as a primal substance akin to water.
are at least two world wide phenomena that seem to go together: red
ochre and Shamanism. This was not only an Eurasian custom but it is
found around the world including the southwestern part of the United
States. In David Anderson and
Robert Mainfort's book The
Woodland Southwest they have identified some of the
Paleoindian burial practices. "The
use of red ochre in burials is associated with the practice of
shamanism and in eastern North America has been identified
archaeologically in Late Archaic contents (J. Brown 1997:473)."
The above quote shows the use of red ochre is at least as old as a half million years and Homo erectus was processing it. That is important because red ochre was not just being used in its natural state but ground to a powder for a specific use. Some authorities put cognitive human behavior as late as 60,000 years ago which is a ridiculously late date. Red ochre is physical evidence that points to an early human capacity to derive a symbolic meaning and an understanding for general abstraction. Use of red ochre also suggests a use of language to be able to communicate what the symbolism of what red ochre represents and why. In the Levant burials with red ochre as old as 100,000 years ago have been found. At this time Archaic Homo sapiens, a category that is still in dispute, had made their appearance.
Neanderthal's mining and using red ochre in burials up to 250,000 years ago is an incredibly early date. If true and I assume this date is in the ballpark then Neanderthal was using a symbolic material before the arrival of anatomically modern humans by as much as 50,000 years. So they did not get the idea from them. Modern science puts the beginning of Neanderthal at about 500,000 years ago and the UB has it at 800,000. There is one more player in this scenario and that is archaic Homo sapiens who arrives at about 500,000 ya. There is some dispute about accepting this category. But back to Neanderthal who raises a host of questions. Was Neanderthal influenced by Homo erectus who was using it? A spiritual use is doubtful. "The Neanderthalers really had no religion beyond a shameful superstition." (UB 721-2) Or is this a case of copy cat without the understanding of a deeper significance? I guess that it is up to you to decide.
The Arrival of the Sumerians
Origin of the Sumerians
Archaeologists contend that the Sumerians were not indigenous to Mesopotamia. But the fact is they were always in Mesopotamia. Not as Sumerians per se but first as Nodites and later as Andites from which the later appearing Sumerians would emerge. The Andites came into being thousands of years before the Sumerians. Evolutionary man lived in the region as well. Evidence going back as far as to Homo erectus has been found at Tel Ubeidiya which is close to the south of the Sea of Galilee. Dating favors an African origin over an Asian one. The dating indicates that this H. erectus is not related to us. Further evidence of an African origin is a lower incisor, labeled as UB 335, and a molar, labeled UB 1701, tentatively suggests affinities with Homo egaster. (Miriam Belmaker, Journal of Human Evolution (2002). An African H. erectus is certainly the answer. At this point in time the Arabian plate at this location was still under the expanded Mediterranean. But Tel Ubeidiya was on the thin peninsula of the very northeastern segment of the African plate. Later the Arabian plate would rise up and connect to Africa at about 400,000 ya. This UB date is much later than the accepted date for the rise of the Arabian plate.
"In the last few decades, discoveries from East Africa of firmly dated finds have established the clear presence of Homo erectus by 1.8 mya. Some researchers see several anatomical differences between these African hominins and their Asian cousins (the latter recognized by almost everybody as Homo erectus). Thus, they place the African fossils into a separate species, one they call Homo ergaster (Andrews, 1984; Wood, 1991). While there are some anatomical differences between the African specimens and those from Asia, they are all clearly closely related and quite possibly represent geographical varieties of a single species. We’ll thus refer to all these hominins as Homo erectus" (http://anthropology.msu.edu/iss220-fs12/files/2012/08/understanding_humans_ch10.pdf)
"The taxonomy (the naming and assignment of species) of Homo erectus is controversial. Some scholars maintain that important differences exist between the Asian and African representatives of this species. In particular, these scientists contend that features in the cranium (skull minus lower jaw)—e.g., large teeth, sagittal keels (narrow areas of thickened bone extending from just behind the brows to the back of the skull) and massiveness of the neurocranium (the part of the skull that covers and protects the brain) and face—are found only in Asian H. erectus fossils. To these paleoanthropologists, this evidence suggests that the Asian and African sample represent separate species; the name ‘Homo ergaster’ is given to the African fossils to formalize this species-level distinction. However, as other scholars argue, many of these traits are also found in some H. erectus fossils in Africa, suggesting that the entire sample constitutes a single species, Homo erectus. On this website (and for the remainder of this essay), the latter interpretation will be employed—i.e., ‘Homo erectus’ will be used to describe the entire sample (African and Asian)." (http://www.becominghuman.org/node/homo-erectus-0)
There has always been a population of some sort living in this general location. Another later group of people that lived in very early Mesopotamia were the Adamites whose bloodline mixed with the Nodites and early man. The accepted belief of academia that the Sumerians came from somewhere else is unsupported as there is virtuously no evidence of where this fictitious homeland was located. Mesopotamia has been and always shall be the homeland of the Sumerians.
The culture of the Ubadians brings us up to the edge of the Sumerians. The UB indicates that Andites were living in Mesopotamia although their greatest numbers by this time had migrated elsewhere. The Sumerians are the last of the Andites. Scholars are coming around to recognizing that the Ubadians were the forerunners to the Sumerians. There still are many Internet sites that state "the Sumerians were not indigenous to Mesopotamia but that no one knows where they came from." The Ubadians are somewhat famous for their art, the "Lizard Goddess" figurines. Jarmo also had figurines just like those which are found at Ubaid and at Ur, Uruk and Eridu. And this indicates that the "Lizard-like People" was a common artistic style for this region at that time. The culture of Jarmo is Natufian and therefore Andite or at this late date perhaps mixed Andite. The Ubadians developed some of the first villages in the alluvial plains of Sumeria. They were growing wheat and barley, had irrigation and domesticated animals. Looking at where they were living it seems that those are the places we know as Sumerian cities like Ur, Uruk, Eridu and Lagash. Given that information it would seem that yes, the Ubadians were the earlier Sumerians and differ basically at that time in name only. The Sumerians, of course, went on to bigger and better things. The Ubadians are the first culture to be presently documented in southern Mesopotamia. Previous to the Ubaid Period starting at 6500 BC there are no traces of other cultures. In fact, archaeologists believe there was practically no one living in Mesopotamia previous to the Ubaidians.
"The earliest culture of Mesopotamia is called the Ubaid culture, which occurred around the same time as the flooding of the Black Sea basin, around 5,500 to 5,000 BC. There are some uncertainties about whether the Ubaid culture was Sumerian, but in general there is a peaceful evolution from the Ubaid culture to the Sumerian one, so its probably the same. Some have suggested that the Ubaid people were to be identified with the Subarians, which remained for a long time in Northern Mesopotamia. The Subarians were also not Semitic nor Indo-European and were probably similar in language to the Sumerians, even if not identical. We really don't know if that difference was only an archaic dialectical variation or a related language type. They also came from the north, from the same direction as the Sumerians and are mentioned by the Assyrians as "supri", the aboriginals of Mesopotamia, since they were there before the coming of the Semites from Arabia. They were also called the SU by Sumerians." (http://users.cwnet.com/millenia/Sumer-origins.htm)
Looking at different maps of Mesopotamia the conclusion drawn of the Ubaid/Sumerians coming from the north looks well founded. However, the UB speaks of these Nodites, these pre-Sumerians, as "Central Nodites" living at the mouth of the Tigris and Euphrates, which means they were from the south. It is questionable to include the Subarians as the Ubadians. Of the Subarians very little is known but what tantalizing bits we do know are very interesting. As for language the Sumerian language is an "language isolate" and as far as we know the Subarians spoke Hurrian another language isolate. They were speaking in two different languages. I believe these people are related to the Vanites or the Amadonites. If you are a UB reader then the following information may be more persuasive. "Most scholars suggest that Subartu is an early name for Assyria proper on the Tigris and westward, although there are various other theories placing it sometimes a little farther to the east and/or north. Its precise location has not been identified." "There are various alternate theories associating the ancient Subartu with one or more modern cultures found in the region, including Armenian or Kurdish tribes." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subartu) We know of the connection of the Vanites with the Assyrians. The connection to Armenia is via the Urartians of Van. Both of these theories about the Subarians lead back to Lake Van. More information can be found on this subject on page Van. I never intended to write this but mixing the Ubadians with the Subarians is in error and I felt I had to clarify the comments from my own perspective. The root of all of this speculation is because no one knows where the Ubadians came from. The north looks like a good location and the Assyrians label the Subarians as the "aboriginals of Mesopotamia". Since it is believed that the Ubadians were the first to live in Mesopotamia they would be by default the "aboriginals of Mesopotamia" and by deduction the Subarians. That's what I gather from how the above quote is written. The funny thing is that the Subarians were the aboriginals of (upper) Mesopotamia. And so were the Sumerians to the south. Other archaeologists believe the Ubadians were from the Zagros, Jarmo, based on the strange art pieces with the reptilian-like appearance. All this speculation is known as the "Sumerian Problem."
So what do the Sumerians say about themselves? Well, that they were always there and lets say that if they were there even a fraction of the time line as stated in the King List then it is a long time indeed. The list of kings extends well into the past before the flood which means the Sumerians have basically written that they are the Ubadians. The length of time their kings ruled from inception (first king) to the writing of the list is about a half million years. It is divided by the much later "world wide" or the antediluvian flood which, for as the Sumerians write, it was catastrophic. And it was. It would include the Garden of Eden too. We know it as Noah's flood.
An important factor contributing to the "lost" evidence of a Sumerian homeland is the fact of a changing geology. "This deficiency is probably owed to a combination of postdepositional factors, first and foremost the massive sedimentation of the Tigris and Euphrates, and Karun river systems responsible for covering the Mesopotamian floodplain in tens of meters of alluvium, effectively masking the Late Pleistocene landscape surface." (https://archive.org/stream/NewLightOnHumanPrehistoryInThePersianGulfOasis/657397#page/n7/mode/2up)
For more information on the "Hurrian-Subarian problem" see page Van. It details several archaeological viewpoints on the subject of whether or not the Subarians are the Hurrians. So who, the Subarians or the Hurrians, are the most likely descendants of the Vanites? For more information (and my answer) concerning this question of the Subarians and the Hurrians see page The Vanites.
"The dates of Sumer's early history have always been surrounded with uncertainty, and they have not been satisfactorily settled by tests with the new method of radiocarbon dating. According to the best present estimates, the first settlers occupied the area some time before 4000 B.C.; new geological evidence indicates that the lower Tigris-Euphrates Valley, once covered by the Persian Gulf, became inhabitable land well before that date." (http://cliojournal.wikispaces.com/file/view/Kramer+The+Sumerians.pdf - 1957)
The Sumerian King List states that there were five cities before the flood. The UB also says there were cities before the flood and that means both sources support basically that the Ubadians are the Sumerians.
"For thousands of years after the submergence of the first Eden the mountains about the eastern coast of the Mediterranean and those to the northwest and northeast of Mesopotamia continued to rise. This elevation of the highlands was greatly accelerated about 5000 B.C., and this, together with greatly increased rainfall on the northern mountains, caused unprecedented floods each spring throughout the Euphrates Valley. These spring floods grew increasingly worse so that eventually the inhabitants of the river regions were driven to the eastern highlands. For almost a thousand years scores of cities were practically deserted because of these extensive deluges. (UB 874 - 1955)
At Ur there is Flood stratum between the Ubaid period and the Sumerian as discovered by Leonard Woolley in 1925 but this stratum is inconsistent across southern Mesopotamia. What emerges from the flood data is that there were a number of local floods occurring but no "blockbuster" flood. The most common date for the the flood is 3000 BC. which is 2000 years later than the UB date. But there are some match ups: The Ubadians appear at about 6000 BC (it is contested as usual), the UB flood date is about 5000 - 4000 BC with the archaeological record having the Sumerians appearing no earlier than 4000 BC which puts these dates in sync. The UB does not say that there was a massive flood but that there was flooding "throughout the Euphrates Valley" which is consistent with the evidence. It also addresses why there is a cultural difference between the Ubaid and the Sumerian periods. That would be the thousand year "hole" in the sequence between the two. I actually had to search for this information as the discussions on this Ubadian-to-Sumerian question almost never includes the fact that there was any kind of flood between these two periods.
"The endemic character of flooding in southern Mesopotamia may well have been sufficient to generate the story about a supreme Flood, and the attachment of that story to a specific, long-passed, ill-known historical context may, in fact, be late and unreliable. The earliest edition of the Sumerian King List certainly includes no list of antediluvian kings, and the presence of reference to the Flood is in doubt. It may first have been added much later, during a period in which the Flood story was popular (Civil, 1969, p. 139). Ultimately, the search for a local Mesopotamian flood upon which a rationalization of the Bible story can be based may prove as illusionary as the search for Noah's ark." (http://ncse.com/cej/8/2/flood-mesopotamian-archaeological-evidence)
The above quote may need a little explaining. The earlier list of kings was added later on to the first compiled King List and separated by the flood story. Most of the King Lists do have both periods of time. They do not match entirely probably reflecting local politics. The antediluvian names numbering between eight and ten kings are the kings who have the remarkable longevity. The particular list the author is referring to is the earliest edition but later lists do include the first kings before the flood. This author, David MacDonald, is of the opinion that due to inconsistencies in the King List and that it casts a doubt if there ever was a flood.
The evidence of flooding reveals some contradictory facts which may explain why it is so difficult to figure this thing out. As an example Leonard Woolley: "Woolley's first test pit was very small, so during that and the next season he had dug a number of other test shafts, including an enormous pit, seventy-five feet by sixty feet and sixty-four feet deep. In this main pit, he encountered a deposit of clean, apparently water-laid soil up to eleven feet thick. Evidence of the Flood was absent from several shafts and uncertain or disturbed in a number of others. But in many, Woolley felt he had certain evidence of the Flood (1955)."
The problem with Woolley's assessment is not that as he states, that it is evidence of the Biblical flood, but that this stratum only covers part of the mound of Ur. That is a real puzzle as Iraq's alluvial plane is flat and any flood of that magnitude would have to leave at least some evidence of a greater area of flooding than just part of the mound. But apparently this is not the case. "The Mesopotamian strata, whether at Ur or at Kish and Suruppak, testify only to a local flood which clearly left behind survivors and significant cultural continuity. The Ur flood apparently did not even cover the entire mound of Ur." (http://ncse.com/cej/8/2/flood-mesopotamian-archaeological-evidence)
While looking for the source of flooding which I assumed was from the Tigris and Euphrates there is another event that could be an alternate source or contributing factor to this Ur flood and that is the Flandrian Transgression:
This map shows the changed shoreline due to the Flandrian Transgression. It intrudes further north up to Ur and other Sumerian cities. This extension of the Persian Gulf basin would be refilled with sediment from the rivers back to where the shoreline is today. We know from the Sumerian tablets that Ur was a port city sometime in the past.
"In his important book Eden in the East Oppenheimer argues that what happened in the Gulf at this time, between approximately 6000 and 5500 years ago (4000-3500 BC), was the local effect of a worldwide episode of rapid, relatively short-term flooding known as the Flandrian transgression - which had a significant impact not only along the shores of the Gulf but in many other parts of Asia as well."
"c. 5000-4000 BC A 'second' flood strikes the Mesopotamian plains in the form of a series of localized inundations. The memory of these events is confused with much earlier traditions concerning a deluge accompanying the cessation of the last Ice Age, c. 9500 - 9000 BC. They are remembered as the 'Flood of Noah' by the Yezidis of Kurdistan."
Woolley's eleven feet of alluvium at Ur may indicate where the Persian Gulf shoreline was located due to the Flandrian Transgression. A shoreline was next to Ur at some time past and that over the centuries deposits of sediment from the Euphrates filled the area down to its present position allowing Ur to be built or further rebuilt over this sediment. That situation of where the Persian Gulf had flooded up stream would also back up any flooding coming from the rivers themselves. But since there is no consensus on either the flooding or the transgression it could be these events did not happen at the same time. It does, however, seem a plausible explanation. Dates vary as usual but Oppenheimer's date even though a bit early is close to the UB considering how far off dating by archaeologists can be. There was a "cultural continuity" evident because there were some who never left. They lived in those cities that survived and were repopulated after the flooding ended. Those cities may have been further north and not quite as affected as the more southern cities. And thus we see the peaceful transition from the Ubadian period to the Sumerian culture.
"Long before Genesis was written, Zarins believes, the physical Eden had vanished under the waters of the Gulf. Man had lived happily there. But then, about 5000 to 4000 B.C. came a worldwide phenomenon called the Flandrian Transgression, which caused a sudden rise in sea level. The Gulf began to fill with water and actually reached its modern-day level about 4000 B.C., having swallowed Eden and all the settlements along the coastline of the Gulf. But it didn't stop there. It kept right on rising, moving upward into the southern legions of today's Iraq and Iran.
“The Sumerians always claimed that their ancestors came 'out of the sea,' and I believe they literally did,” says Zarins. “They retreated northward into Mesopotamia from the encroaching waters of the Gulf, where they had lived for thousands of years.”
Their original “Eden” was gone but a new one called Dilmun, on higher ground along the eastern coast of Arabia, enters the epics and the poems in the third millennium i.e. The by then ancient mythology of a land of plenty, of eternal life and peace, had lodged firmly in the collective mind and in a specific geographical area." (http://www.mega.nu/ampp/eden/roots.html)
I have not been able to locate this "out of the sea" claim by professor Juris Zarins and I have seen it mentioned elsewhere and almost always in connection with him. Never is the Sumerian document mentioned from which this quote is referencing. This is his suspect quote:
"Before the so-called Flandrian Transgression," Zarins told The Report, referring to a worldwide rise in sea level between 5000 and 4000 BCE, "the land used to be completely dry all the way to the Strait of Hormuz, and as in the Biblical description, the four rivers seemed to merge into one at what's now the top of the Gulf. The Sumerians always insisted their ancestors had come out of the sea. To them, Eden was not a story; it was the living tradition of their origins."
What this is really about is his claim in having discovered the location of the Garden of Eden more so than the origin of the Sumerians.
I am doubtful that the Sumerians ever wrote that their ancestors were from the sea as there does not seem to be any document that substantiates that statement. The above quote by Zarins on the dating of the Flandrian Transgression, however, does match the UB but not the "swallowed Eden" as he states. Remnants of the destroyed Dalamatia would have been submerged and that's the closest you can come as to having the forefathers of the Sumerians as having "come from the sea." The Babylonians did have the "fishman" Oannes as coming from the sea to teach the foundations of civilization. And Dilmun was not on the eastern coast of Arabia as Zarins claims which is southwest of Sumeria because the Sumerians wrote that Dilmun was located where "the sun rises" which is to the east, the location of the Zagros mountains. It is well known that Eden and Dilmun are considered as different by the Sumerians. Eden may have been a plain to the Sumerians, which it was, but Dilmun was the abode of the gods, and considered by some as the Sumerian paradise. According to Sumerian tradition the only human ever to live in Dilmun was Ziusudra their version of Noah. It, "the garden of the gods", was however visited by the epic hero Gilgamesh. With such obvious mistakes by an archaeologist I give Zarins a failing mark on Sumerian history.
The Sumerians: First Literature, First Legends
The amazing thing is the broad swath of inventiveness that the period of the Sumerians encompasses. The following is a very short listing of what was happening in Anatolia and Mesopotamia at the end of the Neolithic, the New Stone Age. As usual different scholars have their own preference for dates. On this site the date for the beginning of the Neolithic is 8000 BC. which is at the start of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic. It ends at about 4000 BC overlapping the beginning of the Age of Copper, the Chalcolithic, and is based on Anatolian/Mesopotamian dates. Dating the Ages differs the further away you get from here.
The Urantia Book in part tells the story of civilization. Archaeologists continue to look for its source. As they dig up the ancient clay tablets from the sands of Iraq they encounter fantastic tales of the gods from heaven interacting with the men of earth. But their history has been heaped onto the “myth pile” and disregarded as just folk tales. The fantastic stories of gods coming down from heaven just does not fit in with contemporary thought.
"The origin of the Sumerians, a broad-headed people, who were physically and linguistically quite different from the Semites, is one of the great unsolved problems of history." (http://www.mystae.com/restricted/streams/scripts/dilmun.html)
"As late as two hundred
years ago, the existence of
Sumer was unknown. Scholars searching the Middle East for traces of the
ancient civilizations of Babylon and Assyria known to them from Greek
classics and biblical references began discovering evidence of the
seminal Sumerian civilization from which much of ancient and even
modern civilization has evolved.
The Karacadag Mountains are located northeast of Göbekli Tepe and are the location for the first domesticated einkorn wheat (which today is the accepted theory). It is also the approximate location for where the Adamites were cultivating grain mainly wheat and barley, the two main grains of the earliest farmers.
"We know that the Sumerians were early users of copper--perhaps as early as 5000 BC. By 4500 BC they were casting copper into molds to make various tools and art objects." (http://www.newgenevacenter.org/west/sumer.htm) According to this quote the Sumerians were also at the forefront of smelting copper just as they were becoming historically documented. Their neighbor to the east, the Elamites, were also making metal. It may be helpful to understand how such a wide area from the Balkans to the Zagros involved in smelting copper came to be at about the same time. The simple answer is ceramics. The firing of pottery had been around for about a thousand years so kiln technology was quite well understood. "The earliest kilns yet recorded in Mesopotamia, in the sixth millennium BC at Yarim Tepe in what appears to be a clearly defined manufacturing area of the settlement, already indicate a well-developed firing technique (Oates and Oates 1976: 101) (Peter Roger Stuart Moorey, Ancient Mesopotamian Materials and Industries: The Archaeological Evidence, Oxford University Press © 1994 P.S. Moorey, p151) Its not only the high temperatures you need to smelt metal but you need a container for the molten metal and that was fulfilled by the ceramic crucible. Both technologies were known at 5000 BC and available for the new metal industry.
the risk of some redundancy, you will notice
quickly that Nibiru is preceded by both “d” and
“MUL”, and so is referred to as a deity and a star.
As Sitchin himself notes on various occasions (and this is common
knowledge to ancient near eastern scholars), ancient people often
identified the stars or planets as gods, as though the stars were
deified beings. This is one reason why even in the Old Testament the
sons of God are referred to as stars (cf. Job 38:7-8)."
It is commonly thought that the ancients believed that the stars, planets, moons and other celestial occurrences were the gods themselves. Some in ancient time may have thought so but since the Sumerians knew what they were looking at and used these bodies in a symbolic way it is probable that most of the others that followed had similar concepts.
Astronomy has its earliest preservation in two stone circles although many were created these are the two earliest we know of. The first is the circle at Nabta Playa Egypt and is positioned on the Tropic of Cancer and dates to about 4500 BC. The second is located at Karahoonj in Armenia and dated to 4200 BC. (A. Collins dates it to 5700 BC). Stonehenge by comparison is dated in its current form to about 2100 BC but its initial construction with standing stones dates back to about 4400 BC. It is a Johnny come lately but well worth the wait.
lies on the exact latitude at which the Midsummer Sunrise and Sunsets
are at 90° of the Moons Northerly setting and
rising. This particular phenomena is only possible within a
band of less than one degree, of which Stonehenge lies in the
The above quote demonstrates the level of astronomical sophistication these people had. Stonehenge was as much a temple as an observatory which tracked both solar and lunar cycles and could predict eclipses seen and unseen. That's a trick. Also notice the distance between these sites located as they are in different countries with different cultures but using the same technology all with initial construction of several hundred years of one another.
There are four pillars or technologies in my opinion that you need for an advanced civilization. Agriculture, Metallurgy and Math are the first three all of which were present at the beginning of the Sumerians. The fourth and perhaps the most important is writing. There were a number of scripts being used at that time but they were not true writing. It would be the Sumerians who accomplished that task.
Although it was the Sumerians who invented writing it was the Babylonians who preserved their memory. The four subjects above are the most important but the list of what the Sumerians invented is a long one.
Epic of Gilgamesh
development of writing led the Sumerians to compose on of the
oldest known literary works, The Epic of Gilgamesh. This collection of
stories about a Sumerian hero laid the groundwork for the early epic
poems such as the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid, and led to the
development to poetry and prose writing."
important Sumerian legacy was the
recording of literature. The most famous Sumerian epic and the one that
has survived in the most nearly complete form is the epic of Gilgamesh.
The story of Gilgamesh, who actually was king of the city-state of Uruk
in approximately 2700 B.C., is a moving story of the ruler's deep
sorrow at the death of his friend and of his consequent search for
immortality. Other central themes of the story are a devastating flood
and the tenuous nature of man's existence. Laden with complex
abstractions and emotional expressions, the epic of Gilgamesh reflects
the intellectual sophistication of the Sumerians, and it has served as
the prototype for all Near Eastern inundation stories."
first meet the Natufians in the Levant where they live on the coast of
the Mediterranean, inland in the Jordan Valley and in the Sinai
Peninsula. This newly appearing race is clearly different from their
forefathers. They built Jericho one of the very first cities but
at the start of the Neolithic. They go on to build Çatalhöyük
and eventually press onwards to the west and begin to settle Europe.
Pre-historically they get kudos for being the first farmers.
left their mark on the land. They build Göbekli
Tepe with most likely the help of other surrounding tribes one of which
was from Jerf el Ahmar among others. (Plaquettes from Göbekli
Tepe contain some of the same symbols from Jerf el Ahmar.) They bury
their dead under the household floor and later create the first
cemeteries. The Natufian culture eventually spreads south into Egypt
curving around northern Mesopotamia and then down the range of the
usher in the
New Stone Age, the Neolithic. Then the Natufians disappear from their
homeland as the Neolithic takes hold in Mesopotamia. Multiple sites
emerge across Anatolia, Iran, Egypt and Turkmenistan starting at 7500
BC and the
continuing trail leads to Europe to the west and into Central Asia and
beyond to the east.
The Andites appear between the second Garden of Eden and the Sumerians. Close enough to actually touch them and far away enough to still be ethereal. They are between the real and the legendary on that edge separating fact from speculation. Its that cusp thing again.