When these trees fell...

The First Temple was built during the 
reign of David's son, Solomon. 
King David had planned to build the Temple at the exact place where he had experienced a revelatory vision of angels ascending a golden ladder into the sky. This site, the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite was originally sacred to the harvest deity known as Tammuz (another name for the deity Adonis). God, through Nathan the prophet, rejected Davidís wish, evidently on the grounds that he had shed blood, and instead informed him that the Temple would be erected by his son Solomon (II Sam.7:12-13).

The Temple ís construction took seven years and was completed in 957 BC.

959 BC: Psusennes II succeeds Siamun as king of Egypt
The history of Egypt is the longest continuous history, as a unified state, of any country in the world. The Nile valley forms a natural geographic and economic unit, being bounded to the east and west by deserts, to the north by the sea and to the south by the Cataracts of the Nile. The need to have a single authority to manage the waters of the Nile led to the creation of the world's first state in Egypt in about 3000 BC. Egypt's peculiar geography made it a difficult country to attack, which is why Pharaonic Egypt was for so long an independent and self-contained state.

952 BC: Thersippus, King of Athens 
Before the Athenian democracy, the tyrants, and the archons, Athens was ruled by kings. Most of these are probably mythical or only semi-historical. This list is based on that given by Eusebius.

May 957 BC: Total Solar Eclipse over Egypt ...... 
Source NASA - more information

950 BC: Climatic Deterioration
Relatively sudden climatic deterioration leading to wetter conditions and a reduction in population in lowland areas.

947 BC: Death of Zhou Mo Wang, King of the Zhou Dynasty of China.

946 BC: Zhou Gong Wang becomes King of the Zhou Dynasty of China,

945 BC: Egypt - Psusennes III dies...
the last king of the Twenty-first Dynasty. Shoshenq I succeeds him, the founder of the Twenty-second Dynasty

965 BC: King of Israel
Following the death of his father, King David, Solomon becomes king of Israel (traditional date)

975 BC: Oats Cultivated 
Oats are cultivated in central Europe

950 BC: China 
Peking, China is in existence

950 BC: India
Caste system starts in India

950 BC: Iron
Earliest use of iron in Greece

950 BC: King Soloman
King Soloman meets Queen of Sheba

950 BC: Asia and Greece Linked
Phoenicians expand westward and establish linking of Asian and Greek civilazation

900 BC: Egytpians 
Egytpians destroy Jerusalem


About ten thousand years ago, the last of the ice fields retreated from Ireland leaving behind a land upon which lichen, then birch and willow slowly began to grow. After a lapse of some thousand years a thick, mixed forest of pine, yew and oak formed a blanket over most of the country. These great forests lasted over four and a half thousand years before gradually being outgrown by a vigorous growth of peat-forming plants.

This marked the beginning of the bogs, which have grown to a depth of some ten meters over the past three to four thousand years, preserving the once great wood it covered. The bogs of Ireland are considered to be an emotional as well as an economic resource. They preserve layer upon layer of history. Various artefacts discovered there over time are indicative of who and what the Irish people are. 

The oak becomes a fine black, self-lubricating wood, the yew, a rich auburn and the pine takes on a golden hue. For to all who worked the land the relics of the subfossil timber were generally seen as a nuisance, cluttering the bogs and obstructing the business of turf-cutting. I say -generally-, and I should add -in our time-, for these roots and trunks and fallen branchs - tough and, one would say, intractable survivors of vast stretches of geological and paleo-botanical time - had served generations of our people well. Harvested and conditioned by generations of rural expertise, bogwoods were once a very important part of their domestic and communal economy. Important over an incredible wide range of activites.


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