Thera explosion dating

The discoveries show that strong links existed during the Bronze Age between Crete and Thera. Thera is the ancient name for both the island of Santorini in the Greek Cyclades and the name of the volcano which famously erupted on the island in the middle Bronze Age and covered Akrotiri, the most important settlement, in pumice and volcanic ash, thereby perfectly preserving the Bronze Age town.Thera proper consists largely of lava and , the latter of which is the island’s main export. The lagoon is rimmed by red-, white-, and black-striped volcanic cliffs rising to almost 1,000 feet (300 metres).The summit of Thera is the 1,857-foot (566-metre) in 1956.About the beginning of the 1st millennium was settled on the north coast of Africa, in accord with a command of the Delphic oracle.

Interestingly, almost all of the buildings excavated at Akrotiri have scenes painted on the interior walls in one or more of their rooms, illustrating that it was not only the elite who had such artwork in their homes.Fresco subjects and style were much influenced by the Minoan civilization - religious processions, goddesses, lilies, crocuses etc.and by the later Mycenaean civilization on the Greek mainland - griffins and boars’ tusks helmets.The entire island was buried in a thick layer of ash, Trianda on Rhodes was destroyed, 7cm of ash covered sites in northern Crete, Anatolia suffered from the ash fall-out and even ice-cores in Greenland demonstrate the far-reaching effects of the eruption.The precise date of the event is much debated amongst scholars with wildly different estimates vigorously defended in order to support various hypotheses for other events such as the destruction of Minoan palaces or Mycenaean imperialistic ambitions in the Aegean.During the 1980s, however, archaeologists found evidence that Minoan culture continued to flourish for some time after the eruption.


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