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Ancient Cultures

  1. Apr 1, 2010 #1
    The oldest cultures acknowledged are Egyptian, Sumerian and Indian.

    What strikes me as perhaps a bit of a pertinent question to ask, though, is this: If there existed any form of high-culture during the latest Ice Age, wouldn't they be likely to settle along coastal lines of the time?

    Whereas certain structures in Turkey and Palestine are considered to be 10-12,000 years old, there ought to be even older remnants of human settlements underneath some 100+ meters of sea water in such places as people would be likely to want to inhabit at the time.

    Any thoughts on this?
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  3. Apr 2, 2010 #2


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    Allegedly, this is one possible source for the story of Noah's flood.


    http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/02/19/black-sea-flood.html [Broken]


    http://www.pbs.org/saf/1207/features/noah.htm [Broken]

    Caspian Sea flooding - http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2003AM/finalprogram/abstract_63243.htm
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  4. May 5, 2010 #3
    yes that would be a place to find evidence. I have some doubts about the term "high culture" though, guessing that would mean a ruling class that controls trade, rather than a technological culture, but that's just my opinion. Evidence for a class system would be hard to find. Maybe in widely dispersed flint points of the same type, fine textiles, religious figurines, or realistic art (?). It's hard to imagine a high culture scenario other than the one we have. A lot of technological development is inherent w/ population density & food availability, which was unavailable during the ice age, but most tribal groups have a leader, and a large, widely dispersed group would probably have communication between local leaders, making councils to decide topics relevant to the whole. I'd call that a high culture, but evidence could be tenuous.
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  5. May 5, 2010 #4


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    Not sure they were high culture but there were lots of people living in what is now the southern North sea between England/Denmark/Holland

    For people living in this fertile plain having to run for the hills (ie current land) when the sea came in must have been a real annoyance.
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