But first…..speaking of gardens……
These are the first batch of tangerines for this season……a little sweet and tart at the same time….very yummy…..now begins the chore of making tangerine jelly and other assorted delicacies….
My Sunday begins and I am recovering from the annual meeting of the Psi Phi Society Round Table…..the discussion group that I am a member of….and it has NOTHING to do with the scifi genre at all….we meet once a month for discussion of stuff….like history and politics and philosophy……
The first part of the evening was spent debating the value of the Trump election….and what it could mean to the country and the world….but I will let that go for my readers get enough of that speculation during the week.
We all have heard of the seven wonders of the ancient world….6 of these items can be proven by archeological evidence….there is only one that has eluded us for centuries…the hanging gardens of Babylon.
I am part of a program that inspects satellite photos looking for possible historical sites…..I was looking at a photo of N. Iraq around Mosul when I spotted what looked like a massive ancient ditch…..running NW out of the old city of Nineveh….
This was the area of the old Assyrian kingdom and if I remember my history lessons they were masters at water management…..of course it has to do what I do best….research…..and found something that deals with my thoughts…..(a little history can never hurt)……
The heart of ancient Assyria was situated along the Tigris River, in what is now northern Iraq. The Two Rivers were vital to farming in what would otherwise be a desert, but they also carry six times the silt of the Nile River. This means that their river beds are shallower and fill up faster, and therefore the rivers change courses more often. They also flow faster, and the Tigris flows even faster than the Euphrates. While the Nile flooded regularly and predictably and gently inundated Egypt’s fields every year, the shallow beds, fast rate of flow and heavy silt load meant that the Tigris and Euphrates were prone to violent, unpredictable floods that spilled over their banks and washed away fields rather than replenished them.
Then I started thinking could the Hanging Gardens have been in Assyria and not Babylon…..and back I went into research mode……
Mythology shrouds each of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but none has been more mysterious than the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Archaeologists have never unearthed evidence of the soaring gardens, and scholars have questioned its very existence. Now, however, an Oxford University researcher says she knows why the Hanging Gardens of Babylon have proven so elusive. It’s because they weren’t in Babylon at all.
It is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World for which the location has for centuries remained elusive.
Now, though, an academic from Oxford University believes she has solved one of the world’s last great archaeological mysteries by identifying the precise spot on which the Hanging Gardens of Babylon once stood.
Dr Stephanie Dalley focused her search hundreds of miles north of the site of the ancient city of Babylon, now near Hillah, in central Iraq, to support her theory that the lush, elevated marvel was in fact built near the city of Ninevah, in the north of the country.
Eureka! I do believe the mystery of the Hanging Gardens has been solved.
Of course we will not be able to confirm until the latest conflicts are over….God knows when that will be….
But I think this is a better place to search than around the old kingdom of Babylon in the South of Iraq….
Enjoy your weekend…..I will return to the mundane tomorrow….peace out my friends.