Archaeologists have recently discovered ruins of ancient settlements around the coastline of the Persian Gulf. They believe that these habitations were submerged when the Persian Gulf was flooded sometime around 8,000 years ago. The theory concerning the source of the flood is quite interesting. “The new theory, advanced in the latest issue of the journal Current Anthropology by University of Birmingham archeologist Jeffrey Rose, offers the clearest picture yet of what may have been lost at the Middle East nexus of human civilization when Canada’s Lake Agassiz [an ancient meltwater basin covering central Canada and holding 15 times the water volume of Lake Superior] suddenly burst its banks 8,000 years ago…There’s a consensus among scientists that the collapse of [the] kilometers-high glacial dam at the end of the last ice age caused a massive outflow of meltwater into the Arctic or North Atlantic Ocean near Hudson Bay, generating a sharp rise in sea levels around the world.” Some archaeologists were connecting this flooding of the Persian Gulf to the Sumerian account called the Epic of Gilgamesh. Some believe this story inspired the later account of a global flood in the biblical book of Genesis, but evidence favors the Bible account coming first and inspiring the Sumerian version (as well as other flood stories around the world). The idea of a global flood once was laughed at by geologists. Now there is a growing consensus. And they are no longer talking in “millions” of years, but in thousands. They are getting ever closer to a biblical timescale.
Boswell, Randy. “Massive Canadian melt may have triggered flood of biblical proportions.”
Postmedia NewsDecember 10, 2010