Wednesday, January 29, 2003


Recently declassified surveillance photographs have led to exciting archaeological information in the ancient area of Babylon, modern day Iraq. A long lost ancient road system is discernible, giving a clearer understanding of ancient travel and perhaps clues to unknown sites:
Examining the pictures in detail, archaeologists have found sites of ancient settlements that had previously escaped detection. They have begun to map the vanished roads that stretched across the landscape 4,000 to 5,000 years ago....

Other pictures show the roads linking city to city over a vast network extending from ancient Aleppo in western Syria to Nineveh, near modern Mosul in northern Iraq. Previously, scholars supposed there was some kind of road system for long-distance travel and, in the absence of better observations, simply represented the roads as straight lines between major settlements. Now they can plot the true courses of many roads.

These would have been the roads of Abraham and so many others. Truly fascinating.

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