Wilford reported recent research findings from Tell
Hamoukar in the NY Times on 12/15/2005. A Syrian-American
Archaeological Expedition carried out the research. The
research has been ongoing since 1999 with a team from the
University of Chicago.
According to the article, that reasearch's findings suggest
that a great battle took place there 5,500 years ago. The
Perigee: Zero hypothesis presents an alternative answer,
suggesting that the true nature of the "war" recorded at
Tell Hamoukar was the unfortunate arrival of massive waves
of ejecta from a cometary impact event to the south..
The term "Tell" has come to typically represent an
archeological site that is literally buried in a low, broad
hill. The reason for this accumulation is never questioned.
Pompeii has a causal Volcano. The theory presents another
natural force at work, although the implications at
Hamoukar are only anecdotal collateral damage.
The article makes referenced to "frozen context", that is,
items or human remains that were frozen in time at the
moment of entombment. The hypothesis suggests that is type
of discover would indeed be uncovered, as the assault would
have been far more of a surprise than the attack by
Items recovered so far include over 1,300 spherical and
oval-shaped fired clay “bullets”.( Figure
below) We suggest that these items are expected ejecta
emplacement items, and are the materialization of small
clay ejecta splatters transported at high velocity from a
distant impact site.
Ball Bullets - University of Chicago
Another photo from the latest expedition displays an
assortment of "balls" in a pit.
Ball Bullets in pit - University of
We note the similarity between this collection of debris,
and the photo below, which are reported by others to be from an Chicxulub impact
crater ejecta deposit. Please reference the Albion Quarry discussion we offer in
the geological enigma sections.
Impact Ejecta Cobbles
Our examination of evidence from other sites of human
inhabitation suggests that early man chose “standing
hill” impact ejecta sites as natural locations for
building their cities. In addition, there may have been
human witness to the arrival of these landforms, and they
perhaps would utilize them as revered sites. The Tell
Hamoukar is interpreted by us as being originally built on
an ejecta landform, then at a later date, overlaid by a
veneer of ejecta that buried the city, it residents, and
supplied the clay artifacts identified by researchers as
“bullets”. The satellite image of the tell area
strongly suggest multiple standing ejecta
Tell Hamoukar, Recent overly in white