Weeping Rock is my favorite and most peaceful place in Zion. It’s protected alcove has a spectacular view of Zion’s signature landmark, The Great White Throne as well as the canyon below. At Weeping Rock you can hear the rain which fell a thousand years ago. I love this. It makes me feel a part of the past. It puts me in my place. It makes me wonder what was happening in the world when this water fell from the sky and started it’s slow filtering journey downward through the Navajo Sandstone only to be diverted sideways by the hard Kayenta Shale until it’s set free to fall again for the first time in a thousand years. .:: See the video below ::.
The water drops which rain down Weeping Rock are from precipitation estimated to be 800 to 1200 years old. These events were happening when this rain first fell upon this “American” desert centuries earlier.
800 to 849
Charlemagne crowned first Holy Roman Emperor in Rome (800). Charlemagne dies (814), succeeded by his son, Louis the Pious, who divides France among his sons (817). Arabs conquer Crete, Sicily, and Sardinia (826 to 827).
850 to 899
Norsemen attack as far south as the Mediterranean but are thwarted (859), discover Iceland (861). Alfred the Great becomes king of Britain (871), defeats Danish invaders (878). Russian nation founded by Vikings under Prince Rurik, establishing capital at Novgorod (855 to 879).
900 to 949
Beginning of Mayan Post-Classical period (900 to 1519). Vikings discover Greenland (c. 900). Arab Spain under Abd ar-Rahman III becomes center of learning (912 to 961). Otto I becomes King of Germany (936).
950 to 999
Mieczyslaw I becomes first ruler of Poland (960). Eric the Red establishes first Viking colony in Greenland (982). Hugh Capet elected King of France in 987; Capetian dynasty to rule until 1328. Musical notation systematized(c. 990). Vikings and Danes attack Britain (988 to 999). Otto I crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope John XII (962).
c. 1000 to 1300
Classic Pueblo period of Anasazi culture; cliff dwellings.
Hungary and Scandinavia converted to Christianity. Viking raider Leif Eriksson discovers North America, calls it Vinland. Beowulf, Old English epic.
Murasaki Shikibu finishes The Tale of Genji, the world’s first novel.
Muslims destroy Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
Danes control England. Canute takes throne (1016), conquers Norway (1028), dies (1035); kingdom divided among his sons: Harold Harefoot (England), Sweyn (Norway), Hardecanute (Denmark).
Macbeth murders Duncan, king of Scotland.
Robert Guiscard, Norman invader, establishes kingdom in Italy, conquers Sicily (1072).
Final separation between Eastern (Orthodox) and Western (Roman) churches.
Seljuk Turks, Asian nomads, move west, capture Baghdad, Armenia (1064), Syria, and Palestine (1075).
William of Normandy invades England, defeats last Saxon king, Harold II, at Battle of Hastings, crowned William I of England (“the Conqueror”).
Construction on the cathedral in Pisa, Italy, begins.
Emergence of strong papacy when Gregory VII is elected. Conflict with English and French kings and German emperors will continue throughout medieval period.
At Council of Clermont, Pope Urban II calls for a holy war to wrest control of Jerusalem from Muslims, which launches the First Crusade (1096), one of at least 8 European military campaigns between 1095 and 1291 to regainthe Holy Land. (For detailed chronology, see The Crusades.)
Construction of Cathedral at Chartres, France.
Second Crusade begins.
Angkor Wat is completed.
1150 to 1167
Universities of Paris and Oxford founded in France and England.
Thomas á Becket named Archbishop of Canterbury, murdered by Henry II’s men (1170). Troubadours (wandering minstrels) glorify romantic concepts of feudalism.
Ibn-Rushd begins translating Aristotle’s works.
Richard I (“the Lionhearted”) succeeds Henry II in England, killed in France (1199), succeeded by King John. Third Crusade.
Genghis Khan invades China, captures Peking (1214), conquers Persia (1218), invades Russia (1223),
King John forced by barons to sign Magna Carta at Runneymede, limiting royal power.
The Inquisition begins as Pope Gregory IX assigns Dominicans responsibility for combating heresy. Torture used (1252).