Exodus to Arthur: Catastrophic Encounters with Comets Paperback – 31 Aug 2000
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CATASTROPHIC ENCOUNTERS WITH COMETS
This astonishing book challnges traditional views of history, and provides an explanation for many of the myths and legends that haunt humankind. Professor Mike Baillie's text is completely factual; the chronology is based on tree rings so it is absolutely sound. But, as he says, "It will be controversial." However, it would be easier to believe that the account in this book is true than to believe that all the apparently logical steps could just be one big mistake. The reader must judge...
The book includes: An introduction to tree-ring dating for the general reader and examples of unbelievably precise dating.
The volcano story: Ancient Chinese records, the Irish Annals and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.
Santorini, the debate: problems with dating the Sang and the New Kingdom and much more.
Exodus and 48 years: a strange interval.
Extraterrestrial effects: did a comet hit the Celtic sea in AD 540?
An extraordinary conclusion.
Professor Mike Baillie has a PhD in Dendrochronology and is based at the Palaeoecology centre at Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Centre is internationally recognised for its tree-ring research, and he has written many articles and books on the subject. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Mike Baillie is a scientist of dendrochronology and an authority on the tree-ring records which brings to light of new evidences on what happened in the past. In the first part of the book, he discussed what dendrochronology is, and he helps the reader on an understanding of the tree-ring records as well the ice cores. From studying the tree-ring records, the author discovered the disturbing patterns to which seems to tell a story of the events that were considered to be myths or legends.
In this book, the author pointed out that the tree-ring records revealed the global environmental disturbances on specific time periods, such as 2354-2345 BC, 1628-1623 BC, 1159-1141 BC, 208-204 BC, and AD 536-545. These periods also known to coincide with the times of the Biblical flood, the Exodus event, plagues during King David's reign and the Ch'in dynasty, and the death of legendary King Arthur. And, the author goes further to discuss that there were number of cometary impacts, similar to the Tunguska event of 1908, that caused great environmental disasters including earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, and outgassing from ocean floor. These disasters were recorded by the trees.
A 270-page work, Exodus to Arthur would considered to be an outrage and controversial because it almost can be read as a "catastrophe theory.Read more ›
I was particularly interested in the implications for the date of the Santorini explosion. The tree-rings give a pretty clear date for a major climatic minimum of 1628 BC, but the Egyptologists have difficulties with Thera blowing its top any earlier than 1540 BC. Baillie doesn't spell it out, but he implies that the (global) event in 1628 BC could have had an extra-terrestrial cause, meaning that Thera could indeed have gone off in 1540 BC, but that it only affected the climate in the eastern Mediterranean.
I'm looking forward to reading some of his more recent books on related topics.
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I forget why I purchased this book, something to do with research into Near Earth Objects. Anyway, the idea that many of our ancient myths or stories may have some basis in fact is... Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2012 by Robert A. Mccafferty
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