Dating the volcanic eruption at thera

For more than 3,500 years the ancient Bronze Age community lay hidden- one of Greece's many secrets of the past.

Then, as is often the case with various heritage sites, the town of Akrotiri was accidentally discovered.

Spyridon Marinatos, supported by the Archaeological Society of Athens, soon began to uncover the remains of the ancient town. Not only were the buried buildings two or even three stories tall, the original building materials (clay and wood) had been damaged by earthquakes, fire and the hands of time. Work on the project has now been on-going for almost four decades and it is likely to continue into the foreseeable future. Most startling of all is the fact that no human remains have been found at Akrotiri, unlike Pompeii and Herculaneum where the dead were buried in the midst of their daily activities.

It is fitting that we meet on the 50th anniversary of Professor Marinatos's (1939) paper in which he proposed a date of 1500 BC for the eruption.

according to archaeological dating which is during the same time frame as the scriptural dating for the Exodus of Moses (1447 B.

But in 1626 BC he had evidence of a volcanic explosion somewhere, several magnitudes that of Krakatoa.

He then looked a hundred years on either side of 1500 BC, and again: nothing.

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