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17 January 2022
Ancient Mediterranean tsunami

Researchers have excavated the remains of a young man killed by a tsunami about 3,600 years ago, following the eruption of a volcano on the Aegean island of Santorini, roughly equidistant from the shores of Crete, Greece, and Turkey. The eruption has long been blamed for the decline of the Minoan civilisation on the island of Crete.
     Tsunamis tend to pull debris back into the sea, so while volcanic ash is plentiful, little evidence of the tsunami has been found. The remains of the young man were discovered at a Late Bronze Age site on the shore of western Turkey, about 200 kilometres from the volcano, in layers of ash and debris trapped behind a retaining wall.      
     The eruption has been tentatively dated to 1560 BCE, based on tree rings found in an ancient Phrygian tomb last year. Damaged walls, rubble, sediment and ash at the site in Turkey - all evidence of multiple tsunamis related to the eruption - date to no earlier than 1612 BCE.

Edited from PhysORG (29 December 2022), Nature World News (3 January 2022)

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