Where did the timber for the Roman rampart at Masada come from?
Earlier studies claimed that the Judean Desert was much more humid 2,000
years ago, but a new study has revealed: The Romans reaching Masada faced
arid desert conditions that could not supply timber for their siege, and the
isotopic composition of the wood probably reflects a distant wood source.
The Roman Legion that lay siege on Masada some 2,000 years ago was forced to
use timber from other areas in the land of Israel for its weapons and
encampments, and was not able to use local wood as earlier studies have
proposed. This has been revealed in a new study conducted at the University
of Haifa, refuting earlier suggestions that described the Judean Desert area
as more humid in the times of the Second Temple.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Where did the Romans get the wood for the siege of Masada?
I am at a conference this week and don't have as much time to blog. But I did run across this story about study which investigates where the Romans got the wood for the siege of Masada.
If you have been to Masada or even seen pictures you will know that there are no trees for miles around. There aren't a lot of trees in Israel and there are none around Masada. Some studies have suggested that the desert region around Masada was more humid at one time and thus supported the growth of trees. The below article, however, suggests that was not the case.
You can read the rest of the article here. Although I am away there will still be a Friday book giveaway tomorrow. Be sure to check back.