This article appeared during my research trip to Turkey last month so I missed the publicity - which is a shame as the consequences are enormous but alas yet again the archaeologists get it fundamentally wrong as I will explain at the end. I have underlined aspects that are plainly incorrect!
- Site is believed to be first prehistoric boatyard ever to be discovered
- The site dates back to 1700 BC and is of 'international importance'
- Excavations revealed channels shaped like bottom of wooden canoes
- Archaeologists say channels are evidence boat was built at the site
DEVELOPMENT OF EARLY BOATS
|Location of the boatyard|
|Superficial Deposits showing Post Glacial Flooding|
Theses raised rivers would created a flooded area of water in the low laying areas as shown here (in yellow and orange), but this is NOT an ice age lake as described as the level is maintained by flowing groundwater from the enlarged rivers feeding the area. This FUNDAMENTAL mistake is due to archaeologists not understanding the environment after the last ice age during the Mesolithic period and partly in the Neolithic, for these raised water levels decreased gradually over the last 10,000 as they are still doing TODAY and eventually the River Minnow will disappear from the map.
So how accurate are the dates?
As archaeologists are ignorant of the hydrology of this area all they have to rely on is carbon dating. They found a fire in one of the boat pits " cut through a mound of burned earth carbon dated to the early Bronze Age" Which clearly was used as a natural grassy dip in the ground and natural shelter for a fire at a LATER DATE after the boatyard was disused - for they have found similar dates at a camp over 60m away and probably not associated nearby the boatyard with other Bronze Age date. For on site they have found Mesolithic tools.
The only 'fact' is that this channel was man-made and cut into the riverbank of a Post Glacial River, which existed probably until about five thousand years ago - so we are looking at a date of about 3000BC - 8000BC and we can be quite sure of these dates as this is NOT the only ship 'slipway' to be found in Britain - there are THOUSANDS yes thousands of these throughout the country!!
And these are not made for rivers but sea travel - created by the megalithic builders to travel the known world as you will see in my next book 'Dawn of the Lost Civilisation' out in June 2014.
(by Robert John Langdon)