Thursday, April 27, 2006

More re lead dating of Alexandria

"Hidden behind the tranquil front of archeology, Greek history and Egyptian history there has been a hidden battle going between two groups of people. There are those who take the Greek version of Alexander the Great's actions as literally true and believe that he founded the city Alexandria in 331 BC. Others view the location, with a good harbor and entrance to the Nile as something that must have been occupied before Alexander turned up . . . . Enter researchers with a knowledge of radioactivity and a penchant for lead . . . . As expected, lead concentration increased by a factor of 100 at the time when Alexander ordered construction to begin. However, there are also peaks associated with two pre-Alexander settlements: a bronze age settlement dated to the IV dynasty and an iron age settlement dated to about 1000-800 BC."
See the above article for the full story

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