Ancient Well Surprises Scientists
“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.”
A few years ago, archaeologists discovered a water well that is the oldest they’ve ever seen. Because of the well’s sophisticated design, they immediately concluded that ancient humans were much smarter than they ever expected.
The well was found beneath the Mediterranean sea bed off the coast of Israel. The location in which the well was discovered is part of a 10-acre site of an ancient city that was found beneath 10 feet of sand and 39 feet of seawater. Other, more shallow wells have also been found at the site as well as stone houses, fireplaces, 23 skeletons, seeds, tools – and the village garbage pit.
The deepest well is a round shaft, extending 16 feet into the ground and paved with stone. Evolutionary archaeologists said that the discovery raises some interesting questions. For example, how did ancient humans know that if they dug deep enough they would find the water table? Archaeologists also wondered where ancient humans learned the skill of sinking a round shaft and paving it with stone.
Finds like these, which extend so-called modern humanity with all their skills and intelligence further into the past, are no surprise to those who accept the Bible’s account of human history. We would guess that this city was built within several generations after the great Flood. That date is not ancient for human beings, since we have been fully human and skilled since the sixth day of the universe’s existence. In fact, based on the Bible’s description of Adam and the first generations of humans, we are probably less skilled today than most ancient people.
Dear Father in heaven, I thank You that You have created humankind with which to share Your love. Help me to put away those values that the world holds because it thinks people came from animals. Help me to adopt those values that come from You because You made us. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
“Ancient well offers clues about early people.” Wichita Eagle, Sept. 28, 1990.