Setting Up Camp After Babel

babelmainDid the various families who left Babel leave any trace of their journeys? New discoveries in Israel hint at surprising complexity among the first wayfarers to pass through that land.

Except for one minor detail, this campsite might seem unremarkable. Camping near a lake, a group of people built a fire to cook fish and other fresh food, while others divided several other chores among themselves. What's unique? This amazingly preserved campsite was left by people who first spread out from Babel.

The site, Gesher Benot Ya'aqov in Israel's northern Jordan valley, adjoins the shore of a now-vanished lake from the post-Flood Ice Age. Recent digs have uncovered many remnants of an ancient camp that closely resembles what we might expect to find at a modern Survivor camp.

The complex division of labor surprises secular archaeologists, who date the site to around 800,000 years ago in the so-called Lower Paleolithic. This date also pushes back the use of controlled fire by nearly 400,000 years, by their reckoning -- into the time of so-called "early" humans (Homo erectus), who were not supposed to be as advanced as "modern" humans (Homo sapiens sapiens).

Because these remains are found in higher, post-Flood layers, creationists believe they were left by some of Noah's descendants who had dispersed from Babel. The remains of tools and hearths help us reconstruct many details about the people who were on the move. Though the tools are simple, their owners' intelligence is obviously not.

[Read the rest of the article at Answers in Genesis.]