Frustrating, Ain't It?

From: Dick Fischer <>
Date: Thu Feb 23 2006 - 14:47:08 EST

In an enlightening piece, Glenn writes:
I wanted this as a back ground because there is a decided bias against
anything humanlike for Neanderthals. The levels of proof required are
twice as high. A bone flute was found w ith exactly round holes spaced
exactly as a diatonic note scale on flutes made by anatomically modern
men and the flute is in precisely the same preservational state as many
sapiens made flutes, yet most anthropologists will reject it, one going
so far as to say hyaena stomach acid while the bone was in the stomach
produced holes exactly like a human made flute. What horsehockey. maybe
we should put that hyena to work making flutes.
I felt the same frustration you do when I was researching the evidence
for the tower of Babel. Ancient Sumer has been studied by
archaeologists, and in general the lead archaeologist writes a book.
Andre Parrot discovered thirty-three ziggurats in the Mesopotamian
region. He measured them and examined them and wrote a book, The Tower
of Babel.
Yet he, like all the other archaeologist-turned-authors, made what I
would consider to be erroneous conclusions. If you read any of the
popular summarizations about the heyday of ziggurat building in ancient
Sumer you will see that the explanation as to why they built them in the
first place runs along the lines of: Oh, the Sumerians built "artificial
mountains" to remind them of their distant homeland.
There is a tendency, Glenn, to assume that older civilizations were
composed largely of stupid individuals compared to us, the intelligent,
well-educated, scientifically astute.
The initial push to build mud brick platforms comes on the heels or just
before the great flood. No scientist will risk his credibility talking
about religious mumbo jumbo, so floods, annual occurrences in that
region, are dismissed as a causal element in designing something that
would have been somewhat helpful in surviving floods. Go figure.
Wars raged between cities during that time frame, and low and behold,
ziggurats grew in proportion too. A typical city would have an outer
fortress wall made of mud bricks and a mud brick ziggurat inside.
Looks like part of a fortification to me, but what does a Viet Nam war
veteran know about defensive fortifications? Better leave those
conclusions to peace-loving archaeologists.
Parrot also noted that the steps leading up were 40 inches in height.
That's a giant leap for mankind. So he concludes that the high steps
were to accommodate the gods so they could come down. Well, maybe. But
if you put logs in between, that would make the steps 20 inches in
height which is easy to negotiate. Then after putting the women,
children and elderly up the tower when there is an attack, the logs can
be removed making a 40 inch step to add a degree of difficulty to the
The frustrating part is that the writers are dead now so you can't wring
their necks without digging them up first.
Dick Fischer
~Dick Fischer~ Genesis Proclaimed Association
Finding Harmony in Bible, Science, and History
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