One comment on “Chronicle 19. PHOENICIA’S STROKE OF FORTUNE

  1. There is sufficient evidence to support many of Holst’s contentions. Byblos commercial port was just discovered last year, excavations this year (2017) are probably going to embarrass quite a few people. Byblos (Jebail) was pretty clearly developing multiple major trade routes from 3,200 BCE on. Sanford Holst does draw some aggressive conclusions, but he is on to something for sure. Your interest may be focused on the Minoans, but the whole Phoenicia wasn’t a thing before the Sea Peoples does not work when you compare Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Minoan, and actual Phoenician evidence. Byblos got very very rich in record time, between 3,200 BCE and roughly 2,750 when they settled Trye, then Sidon. Also, I met a Micromorphologist, last month, Rachel Kulick from U of T, and she was definitive, the site at Palekastro (Kouremenos) and there was NO evidence for a tsunami from thin section soil analysis. Sooo, no Thera Tsunami hit Eastern Crete.

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