The Dead Sea, also known as the Salt Sea, has much more to offer than meets the eye. Known for its tremendous concentrations of saline water, the Dead Sea has made a name for itself with tremendous healing properties and spa like effects. However, beneath the watery fountain of youth lies secrets untold even to this day.
The Dead Sea, located between the countries of Israel and Jordan, is known for having tar pits that are still active. Tar pits are deposits of tar that have accumulated in a crevasse within the Earth. Tar itself is a very thick liquid that is not online flammable, but also used as a binder in the construction of roads. The tar deep down in the pits within the Dead Sea act as amber does to prehistoric insects and incapsulates artifacts from the past within it. Items such as old skulls and other remains from history have surfaced within these tar pits.
Occassionally, chunks of tar will float to the surface of the Dead Sea. These chunks look like dark meteors that have fallen softly into the lake. Smaller, pebble like debris of tar is a much more common sight and can readily be found near the coastline.
For those looking to visit the Dead Sea, fear not for the tar pits hold no threat to visitors. They are simply a long standing means of the natural processes that the Dead Sea undergoes. Tar, a combination of organic materials that have undergone destructive distillation, is a natural byproduct and become difficult to dispose of due to its structural resilience.
As far back as the history of the Dead Sea goes, it wouldn’t be surprising to find many ancient artifacts buried deep inside the tar. Artifacts that even date as far back to the ancient Egyptians that were known to use the tar pits for mummification rituals.