This Week in the Ancient Near East

Cosmic Debris, or New Adventures in the Origins of Agriculture

December 20, 2020

Did a comet break up over earth 12,800 years ago causing glaciers to melt and prompting humans to invent agriculture? What was it like to have your village suddenly heated to 4000 degrees Fahrenheit? How would this event have been culturally encoded by anyone who wasn’t cooked and/or pulverized? Our panelists have nano-diamonds on the souls of their shoes and tell all.

 

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A Comet May Have Destroyed This Paleolithic Village 12,800 Years Ago

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/comet-upended-life-paleolithic-village-12800-years-ago-180974575/