Dei romerske soldatane som beleira Masada i år 73, måtte skaffa trevirke frå andre stadar. Dei kunne ikkje finna det dei trong i ørkenen nede ved Dødehavet. Dette kan verka opplagt. Men det kan nå slås fast på bakgrunn av forsking ved Haifa Universitet. Forskinga seier dermed noko om at klimaet ikkje var så annleis den gong enn det er i dag. Dette notatet kan dermed vera med og fylla ut det eg tidlegare har skrive om klimaet på Jesu tid.
Her er eit utdrag frå pressemeldinga om forskingsprosjektet:
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.
Despite all the historic and archaeological evidence that has been revealed about the Roman siege on Masada, scholars are at difference over the large quantities of timber and firewood that were required for the Jewish fortress defenders on the mountain and for the Roman besiegers. A previous study by researchers from the Weizmann Institute of wooden remains found on the siege rampart showed that they originated from a more humid habitat, and assuming that the timber was local, claimed that this was proof of the Judean region being more humid some 2,000 years ago. The University of Haifa researchers maintain that the wood originated in a more humid region: not from the local habitat but brought from a more humid region to the foot of Masada by the well-organized Roman military supply unit.
(via BiblePlaces Blog)