3,500-year-old stone block, The World’s oldest weather report found in Egypt!

April 4, 2014 / No Comments

A 3,500-year-old stone block found in Egypt has inscription, which scientists now believe to be one of the oldest weather reports of the world.

3500 year old stone block 3,500 year old stone block, The Worlds oldest weather report found in Egypt!

The inscription of 40 lines has been found on a 6-foot-tall calcite block, which has been named as Tempest Stela.

It says, “the sky being in storm without cessation, louder than the cries of the masses”, describing the clouds, rains and darkness.

Scientists who are studying the inscription at Oriental Institute in Chicago believe that the unique and unusual weather patterns found aee indicator of the changes that were caused by volcano explosion At Thera.

Currently, Thera is the island of Santorini in the current map.3500 year old stone block The Worlds oldest weather report 3,500 year old stone block, The Worlds oldest weather report found in Egypt!

It is now being believed that the new information can help in adjusting some of the events and dates, which are mostly based on lists of Egyptian pharaohs available to archaeologists.

According the new transcription, it is now being believed that Thera eruption was close to the time when Egyptian pharaoh Ahmose ruled, which certainly alters the fact that was believed till now.

The Tempest Stela is known to be back of the time when 18th Dynasty’s first pharaoh Ahmose ruled and was found in Thebes, where the ruler ruled.

Some scholars at Oriental Institute believe that the new found information doesn’t match the information of radiocarbon dating, and thus there can be shift in chronology.

Moeller, professor of the Egyptian archaeology said,“This is important to scholars of the ancient Near East and eastern Mediterranean, generally because the chronology that archaeologists use is based on the lists of Egyptian pharaohs, and this new information could adjust those dates.”


The research was published recently in Journal of Near Eastern Studies and is suggestive of new information on the ancient Middle East chronology of events.