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  • Klaus Bartels

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    June 14, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    The “Red Sea Miracle” film is reflecting bout what we can expect on the sea floor after 3.500 years – and in what condition. And I myself have no idea. But maybe it is helpful to look on other archaeological findings under water like Heracleion (Thonis) near ancient Alexandria though it is 1.000 years younger. Regarding influence of corals etc.

  • Thomas Donlon

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    June 14, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Klaus. This was covered, somewhere in some videos that Tim did. Maybe it was in one of the bonus disks that was included in The Collector’s Edition of Red Sea Miracle II (or maybe 1). Several people may have addressed it, but one of them was Rob Carter of Creation Ministries International (If I got all that right).

    My short understanding of this topic is that preservation of any artifacts over this long time-frame requires that a historical object would have been buried in mud (to protect it) and then in order to find it and discover it, the object(s) would have needed to be uncovered recently.

    The odds of this happening of course are small. But the small odds are offset by the large amount of material deposited, and quite likely the water corridor collapsing and returning to cover the Egyptians would have had stirred up a fair amount of sediment. Other particulars that would affect the conservation of evidence … would require a bit of speculation regarding the exact nature of the waters returning and covering the Egyptians.

    Tim has speculated somewhere that chariots and people may have been swept into an area of deeper water (if this happened at the Gulf of Aqaba) and the deeper trench in the Aqabe may be better suited to preserving remains… for example in deep water coral won’t grow all over everything. It can’t grow in deep water.

    Tim has postulated submarine exploration. Somewhere in a discussion forum or way deep down in the News Feed, Ken Griffith gave a link to a company that rents some real high-quality, very adaptable, configurable, undersea drones that seem capable of doing this job for much less money than a manned submarine. It has spots to attach things like multiple sonar equipment (side-sonar sticks in my memory) and places to attach lighting and cameras and robotic arms and somehow something to collect samples.

    Maybe someone could price all this and see what interest there would be to raise funds for this research. Although I’m not certain about any particular location being the site of the Biblical Yam Suph crossing location, scientific research (whether finding things or not) might be helpful in coming to new discoveries. Also there is a cute little saying from archaeologists. “You don’t find what you are looking for—you find what you find.” I’m just saying this, because a mission that fails to accomplish the objective of finding Egyptian chariots, maybe will find something like wreckage from Jehoshaphat’s attempt to build a fleet of vessels similar to the fleet Solomon built. Or maybe there will be some rare or undiscovered fish that lives in the depths that Tim’s efforts could locate. Or maybe some analysis of sediments that are brought up will reveal something unexpected.

  • Donna Cox

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    June 15, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Sounds like theses drones are the cheapest way to go and is a good idea to check into, but it has to be a fairly new technology to archaeology but still interesting.

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