Archaeological Demarcation at the time of the Flood
The Antediluvian era is referred to as the Early Bronze Age by historians in reference to the era’s characterization. Archaeologists from around the world have noted a definite demarcation in the geological record between the Early and Intermediate Bronze age.
Highlights from Bob Maddison’s “Now and Then” Second Edition regarding these demarcations.
The Catastrophic End of the Early Bronze Age.
Testimonials from renown archaeologists Kathryn Kenyon, Ernest Wright, Claude Schaeffer, John Garstung, Paolo Matthiae, Carl Blegen, and Michael Rice appear to agree that there was a definite demarcation in all the archaeological excavations around the world in about 2500-2200 BC from a natural disaster of a magnitude not seen in any other strata. These “Gaps” in the occupation between cultural residents are global and appear between the Early and Intermediate Bronze Age. The geographical areas include Europe, Asia Minor, Indus Valley, China and the Americas.
Maddison relays that French archaeologist Carl Schaffer tells of his discoveries of demarcations from Crete and Ras Shamira (Ugarit) from about 2200 BC that coincided with the same strata of demarcations in the Middle East and Europe:
“There is not the slightest doubt that the conflagration of Troy II corresponds to the Catastrophe that made an end to the Habitations of the Early Bronze Age of Alaca Huyuk, of Alisair of Tarsus, of Tepe Hissar [in Asia Minor] and to the Catastrophe that burned ancient Ugarit (II) in Syria, the city of Byblos that flourished under the Old Kingdom in Egypt, the contemporaneous cities of Palestine, and that it was among the causes that terminated the old Kingdom of Egypt”. In the same Catastrophe was destroyed the civilizations of Mesopotamia and Cyprus.”
From Kathryn Kenyon, excavator of both Jericho and Jerusalem he quotes: “The final end of the early Bronze Age civilization came with catastrophic completeness… Jericho…was probably completely destroyed… Every town in Palestine that has so far been investigated shows the same break… All traces of the early Bronze Age civilization disappeared.” (Archeology in the Holy Land [London, 1960], p134).
From Ernest Wright he quotes: “One of the most striking facts about the Early Bronze Age civilization is its destruction, one so violent that scarcely a vestige of it survived. We do not know when the event took place; we only know that there is not an Early Bronze Age city excavated or explored in all Palestine which does not have a gap in its occupation between Early Bronze Age III and the Middle Bronze Age. To date this gap, we know that it must approximately contemporary with a similar period in Egypt called the First Intermediate period between dynasties XI and XI (Ca. 22nd and 21st Century B.C.).” (“The Archeology of Palestine” in The Bible and the Ancient Near East, Essays in Honor of William Foxwell Albright , p103).
From Maria Gimbutas he quotes: “The destruction of the early Helladic II town at Lerna in the Eastern Peloponnese is an example of the widespread and violent destruction that occurred Ca. 2300 B.C. in the Aegean and East Mediterranean.”
Historical research protocols demand that you have a consensus of the records for it to be considered historically correct or an historical certainty. Here you have a consensus of renown archaeologist around the world testifying to the obvious demarcation in the archaeological record in and about 2500BC, which has all the characteristics that parallel a global catastrophic event in both the time period and totality of the event around the world, and yet it is a great mystery to these secular archaeologists – they haven’t a clue as to what could have caused it