Volume 1, Issue 14
November 20,  2011
Light from Woolley's Ur
Depiction and treasures of one of the royal tombs of Ur




If evidence of Noah's Flood does exist in the record of ancient man, you must have wondered why archaeologists have not seen it. How could they miss something that big! Those were my thoughts years ago when I began my search for the Flood. Had Jesus not referred to the event, I would never have bothered searching. But I had to understand why archaeologists were so certain there was no Flood. In truth, they don't even look because they never consider a worldwide Flood.


If one wants to understand archaeology, where does he go? Not to the Creationists, today's chief defenders of a worldwide Flood. Focussed on geology, they avoid the archaeology of early man. Instead, I studied the archaeological remains from every region and continent and the world's top prehistorians. You may want to know why I am so certain that I have discovered what those with the best knowledge of this field have failed to notice.
Had I not been long accustomed to such failures in my career in technology, I would not have the courage to challenge them. Consider the example of the late Steve Jobs. In every important advance, the world's experts are wrong. As I also knew, so are the crackpots who challenge the experts whether in technology or archaeology. One must understand the state of the art and how that came about before he can convince the experts. 


Uncovering what is believed about the remains of ancient man and how those beliefs came to be held was the greatest challenge I faced. Unlike technology, those who created the foundations for prehistory are dead. Today's experts can tell you the foundations, but few know how and why these assumptions came to be established. That is why, unlike technology, prehistory is no longer advancing but only becoming ever more muddled and fragmented. In many ways, prehistory was better understood fifty years ago before a dogma called anti-diffusion invaded this field. Due to that, archaeologists were deliberately discouraged from studying worldwide connections in archaeological remains that might have resulted from new migrations. 


I am confident that my book will become popular with archaeologists if for no other reason than it has the best summary of how and why the assumptions currently used in prehistory came about. It must also change the way that prehistory is taught due to the fact that if one merely consider the light by which I interpret most of the remains from prehistory, he will never be able to rid his mind from the thought of them having been caused by a great Flood. This is to say, the way that archaeologists currently interpret them - as religiously inspired burials - will seem increasingly ridiculous. The light is so powerful that it competes with the discovery of Noah's Ark for establishing the truth of the Flood! (Appropriately,  a biblical '2 witnesses' for establishing truth.)

As happened with me, the light will dawn suddenly. Because so bright, it will take some time for adjustment. For me that happened as I was pondering Sir Leonard Woolley's explanation for the royal tombs of Ur, the ancient Chaldean city where Abraham once lived. The royal tombs are from an even more ancient time. Woolley is trying to explain these burials as an example of suttee (the practice of wives and servants being put to death and buried with an ancient king to accompany him at his death). As Woolley acknowledges, there is no record of this type of burial from any place in the Ancient Near East. 


My purpose for reading Woolley's account of the ruins of Ur was to match the chronology of the archaeology in Mesopotamia with that of Israel in the early Middle Bronze Age when there exists a sudden loss of population occurring just after the biblical date of the Flood. Important to note, archaeological evidence is available only in the light of the beliefs of the archaeologists who published it. Woolley was explaining how one of the dancers still held her hair clasp in hand, when the grizzly ceremony of death began. These dancing girls, the Queen pulled in an oxen drawn sled, the oxen together with their attendant grooms, and the soldiers who guarded them had all to die at once. [Above, see diagram and treasures from what is called the royal tombs of Ur.]


Woolley's recreation of what he supposed a grizzly funeral didn't ring true to what appears a festive arrangement. Why the unceremonious disposal of a noble family accompanied by elaborate wealth in the garbage area of ancient Ur? What really got my attention was his complaint that most of the graves had been long ago robbed of their treasures. People don't leave that much gold for the grave robbers.
That's when the light of the archaeological evidence of Noah's Flood first dawned in my consciousness. This was no arranged funeral. There was a party going on in ancient Ur when the Flood waters suddenly swept into these ancient chambers. At every low-lying city in the ancient world, topsoil washed by the Flood would create the mound structures that we see today. The Flood would also create that ten-foot layer of clean water laid mud that in 1929 Woolley himself announced as evidence of the Flood. It was no local Flood as Woolley had supposed.
Similar phenomena exists on every continent wherever there is any kind of evidence of ancient man. The insight from this one light will clear the muddled confusion that now exists in archaeology. Religion has indeed been holding back advancement in understanding mankind's past. Ironically, it was not the religion of those who believe in either the gods or the true God, but what "enlightened" secular archaeologists have themselves believed about ancient man's religion. The current experts in archaeology will not be able to endure the ridicule. This is the end of archaeology of ancient mankind as taught by the current experts.
Best regards,


Philip Williams
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In this issue
Light from Woolley's Ur
Deepest darkness
Flood forensics
Exposed in highlands, covered in lowlands
Deepest darkness
What keeps our world in deepest darkness are not the things we don't know, but the things we are sure of that are not in fact true
Which way was the train going as our world entered its Age of Enlightenment?


The article at left discusses the power of light coming from an old lamp to help us understand what is now understood as a dark and murky era of mankind's most ancient past. Something must also be said about the power of darkness that has convinced our modern world that the great light of the Bible is in fact darkness. This power of darkness comes from equating a great falsehood with what it advertises as enlightened belief.


Ever tried discussing something with someone who refuses to hear? Such a one is committed to what he already believes. What comes to mind is Cromwell's appeal to the synod of Scotland: "I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible that you may be mistaken!" There is no greater deafness than occurs among those who believe they are enlightened, especially when it comes to considering beliefs they have been taught are from darkness. 


Consider the attitude of those trusting modern science towards knowledge possessed by earlier generations. The very term modern suggests something supposed superior to that which it replaces. From the beginning of the Enlightenment, moderns were taught to look down on the beliefs of their fathers. Medieval and primitive are still used to describe those supposed beset by superstition and lacking understanding. 


Much of this attitude is due to the influence of the Prussian and German states. They countered teachings opposed to their goals that students obtained from home by teaching them to look down on the beliefs of their parents. This culminated in the Hitler youth movement. The same Germans influenced higher education in America. Similar techniques were used in Russia by Peter the Great and in China during the Cultural Revolution to teach children and all those on the make to look down on tradition. Due to the fact that American educators copied the school system of Germany, they also copied the method of getting children to identify more with their nation (patriotism) than with their faith. Note, in all these cases the role of a powerful central government, but most of these governments were assisted in their goals, the same as today, by private corporations and professionals seeking opportunities. 


Children and those lacking education in modern ways are ridiculed or even punished for not embracing modern wisdom or ways, but rewarded with jobs and positions for embracing them. A a result, they are likely to conflate that which is a correct or approved answer from that which is true. Sadly, no one embraces official credentials and formal education more than the uneducated. When the masses become proud of their enlightenment, society has become enveloped in the deepest darkness. 

Is 60:2 See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.


Is. 29:18 In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see. 

Flood forensics 
Death by drowning explains flexed bodies, informal arrangements
flexed skeleton

Drawing of skeleton found in 
England dated (2458-2200BC)*
Considering how much evidence of ancient man comes from graves, it is not surprising that anthropologists are increasingly interested in forensics, the science of telling us how people died. The TV series Bones is based on a novel by UNC-C anthropologist, Kathy Reichs. Still, forensic anthropologists seem to have missed the clue that explains most ancient deaths. 
One thing that puzzled Sir Leonard Woolley about the royal tombs of Ur were the flexed positions of the skeletons found in the royal tombs. Bodies would ordinarily be buried in a straight laid out position (or else tightly bound in order to reduce digging). After studying a text on forensics, I learned that flexed position at death is regarded as evidence of drowning. This is due to the fact that the torsos of floating bodies bend at the waist with knees and arms extending upward. When the water disappears, the bodies rest in a flexed position. 
As shown above from some excavations in England, all over the world from the same era as that of the royal tombs, bodies are found in flexed position. They are also found in tombs that are built like houses with all the accompaniments of the living: food vessels, personal weapons, jewelry, and toiletries. Unlike the worn out things from ordinary settlements, these articles are usually in excellent condition. There are often more children and those in the prime of life than elderly. How can everyone be buried together like this unless all died at once? That bodies and articles are strewn around the tombs shows that these are not in fact formal burials.
A final clue that the tombs of these people were in fact their homes is that archaeologists cannot find the settlements where lived those buried in these graves. That explains why they are often classified as burial places for nomads. Do archaeologists truly believe that ancient man lived as nomads but built fine permanent dwellings only for tombs? They were so permanent that some of these buried "tombs" have fences and gardens! I could go on and on, but I trust that you understand why I am so confident that I have discovered the archaeological evidence of Noah's Flood.
*Drawing published by Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project
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Exposed in highlands, covered in lowlands 
 Flood explains why ancient remains are covered in lowlands, exposed in mountains


Nawamis from the Sinai mountains


As I explain in the main article, Noah's Flood washed much of the topsoil from the mountains into low lying valleys. The world's great river deltas greatly expanded from this event while low lying cities, fortifications, and houses would eventually appear as tels or mounds. But what of cities and dwellings at higher elevations. 


The photo above shows round, stone-built houses on mountains in the Sinai peninsula. Most houses built in this era were round, but these are called nawamis, a reference to their bee-hive shape. The remains of numerous human bodies are scattered inside, around the walls. The picture above appearing on the cover of Archaeology Odyssey (Jan-Feb, 2002) is due to an article by the notable Israeli archaeologist, Avner Goren. 


Shortly after the article appeared, I had a chance meeting with Goren at a restaurant on Mt Zion in Jerusalem. I asked why he supposed the nawami burials were deliberate. How else to explain so many dead bodies in these ancient houses that date to the time of their construction about 5,000 years ago? Avner could tell that I had another interpretation. I promised one day to let him know. This is the same Avner Goren who served as the archaeological guide for Bruce Feiler's NY Times' best-seller Walking the Bible, when Feiler asked Parasut to show him Noah's Ark. (Perhaps, Parasut is now ready to show him, but where now is Avner?)


Similar exposed remains from this era, often classified as Neolithic are found in the mountains and highlands throughout the world. They include the cliff-side dwellings in Mesa Verde, Arizona, whose original construction have been mistakenly attributed to the historically-known American natives. In fact they were built by a previous culture, known to archaeologists as the "basket weavers." We can now explain the mystery as to why these dwellings were suddenly abandoned. 


In addition to the completely buried remains in the river valleys (consider the famous "Indian" mounds along the banks of the Ohio River) and the completely exposed mounds upon the mountains, there are numerous partially buried houses and cities from this era. This explains numerous semi-subterrain ancient dwellings, another mysterious fact easily explained when one considers the topsoil washed around them by Noah's Flood. More prove of the Flood comes from the fact that one can predict the covering of remains from this time according to the elevation and general depth of top soil in the surrounding region. 

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