New method of archaeological dating based on Earth's fluctuating magnetic field and events involving a big fire


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Jan 2, 2008
Up the clum

So those who did O Level Physics, may recall that you can magnetise iron by heating it while holding it at about the angle of the Earth's magnetic field at the location of the iron.
With modern equipment, magnetism can be detected in mud bricks, so you can detect the date the city burnt from the magnetic field at the time the mud bricks were heated.
Interesting read. Reminds me of a scene in The Life of Brian:

Israelite no.1: What have the Romans ever done for us?

Israelite no. 2: Well, at least we no longer have to worry about our cities being burned by various Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians and Greeks.
Looking at the linked article in the original post:

Earth’s magnetic field supports biblical stories of destruction of ancient cities

I'd like to note that I have been to Providence, Rhode Island and among the places I visited was 135 Benefit Street where the action of HP Lovecraft's The Shunned House takes place.

Based on verifying the existence of this building, there is reason to extrapolate that all of the stories written by HP Lovecraft must be true to the word.

Why else would NASA and every other space agency in the world crash all of their spacecraft exactly where HP Lovecraft said R'lyeh houses the great sleeping Cthulhu? Lovecraft writing decades before satellites were invented.
Another thought on the original article

Earth’s magnetic field supports biblical stories of destruction of ancient cities

A magnetic history of biblical brutality​

If you were an Israelite around 2,800 years ago, the name Hazael probably struck fear into your heart. In the book of 2 Kings, city after city falls to King Hazael. This ruler of Damascus leveled many cities in Judah and Israel. The prophet Elisha addresses Hazael in 2 Kings 8:12:

“‘Why does my lord weep?’ asked Hazael. ‘Because I know,’ he [Elisha] replied, ‘what harm you will do to the Israelite people: You will set their fortresses on fire, put their young men to the sword, dash their little ones in pieces, and rip open their pregnant women.’”

Something occurred to me.
This coincides with the founding of Rome according to Roman tradition. April 21, 753 BCE
And then looking at a timeline it is also the period given for the first athletic contest at Olympia 776 BCE