Doug Weller wrote:
> And is it a sundial? :-)
Good to see you, Doug, alive and kicking.
Thanks for the URL. Nice picture. So, the devil is in the detail.
Author Abraham Levy jumps to a very bad conclusion because he assumes
"seasonally adjusted hours" for use as a
sundial in conjunction with the marks on the 3 rings.
Now, since nobody on SCI.ARCHAEOLOGY, reads what I write very closely,
I have to repeat myself.
THE QUMRAN SUNDIAL AS AN ODOMETER USING FIXED LENGTHS OF HOURS
by Dr. Barbara Thiering
Excerpt from page 355 -
An Odometer Using Fixed Length of Hours
It may be argued, rather, that the object, originally a sundial, had a
secondary function which did not rely on shadows, the detachable gnomon
having been removed. The added marks were for the purpose of adapting
it to serve as a kind of odometer for travellers, who carried
the small object with them. It measured the distances walked in terms
Page 362 - excerpt
If each mark on the rings of the dial stood for 800 cubits, and if
there were a fixed length of hours, then a time-distance ratio is
supplied, a walking rate.
Of course, to do justice, one should read BT's published article
In addition, available on the Internet, one may click
The Qumran sundial
Then again, to be exhaustive, use KEYWORDS Thiering sundial to get all
her articles commenting on the Qumran sundial in the Search Facility
for the above
Internet Forum I moderated for 4 years.
Would that SCI.ARCHAEOLOGY discuss the issue whether the archaeology
that Qumran was Essene. There is real meat here. I am waiting for
someone to give
me an opening to talk about it. I don't want to go on and on with a
Suffice it to say, Jodi Magness advocates on the basis of archaeology
Now, to me, this is not a shocker.