Well… not quite. But you could reach that conclusion from the BIG headlines over at www.nationalgeographic.com/ and at www.ngnews.com/ . What Ballard seems to have found is the historical basis for the myth of Noah and the Flood. (It’s my OP, I can call it a “myth” if I want.)
To summarize: 7,500 years ago, as the Ice Ages were ending, the Black Sea was much lower than it is now, and it was fresh water. A natural earthen dam kept the Mediterranean at bay. It gave way and salt water filled in the basin to its present level. The remains of fresh-water animals such as shellfish show that the water was fresh before the flood.
There were people living there, of course, and they would have told and re-told this story, perhaps adding details with each re-telling? And it would have been the Babylonians who first told these tales, since their culture pre-dates that of the Hebrews.
Frankly, this is what people like myself and David B have been saying all along: The Bible is a collection of tales that freely mix fact and fantasy. It’s nice to see more concrete evidence for our opinions.
I wonder what they’re going to say about this over at www.leftbehind.com/ ?
Fighting my own ignorance since 1957.