Tel Gezer Essentially Unscathed After Wildfire

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Tel Gezer Essentially Unscathed After Wildfire

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Stone doesn't burn. ... 8621ed4fdb

Conflagration at Tel Gezer Destroyed the Thorns, Not the Antiquities

'Tel Gezer did burn, and the sight is definitely disturbing,' said Israel Antiquities Authority director, 'But it is important to stress that in general fire does not irreversibly damage archaeological remains made of stone'
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Re: Tel Gezer Essentially Unscathed After Wildfire

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Stone doesn't burn, per se, but it can be heavily damaged or even destroyed depending upon the intensity & duration of the fire. Fire has long been used to break up boulders in agricultural fields, probably for millenia. Our early ancestors learned that they could change the properties of certain types of stone by heat treating them. It seems that fire has been a friend to mankind for close to 1 million years. Woo hoo.
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