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Richard Fortey: Noah’s Flood

1 July 1999
Noah’s Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries about the Event that Changed History 
by William Ryan and Walter Pitman.
Simon and Schuster, 319 pp., £17.99, February 1999, 0 684 81052 2
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... traumatic that its retelling lasted for more than a thousand years, handed down in the oral tradition before it was ever inscribed in clay. Even today, guslars still sing it. This, Ryan and Pitman tell us, was the true Flood, the historical event that we know as the Noachian Deluge. The Flood was the result of an inundation of a huge freshwater lake which became, in a matter of weeks, the ...

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