Skip to comments.Thera eruption in 1613 BC
Posted on 12/03/2008 4:12:12 AM PST by Mike Fieschko
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Surprisingly, I’ve done nothing of the kind. The delusion that Thera had a supereruption in historical times (the Minoans did have a writing system, and did leave archives, even if they can’t be read today) is a modern invention, with no scientific basis whatsoever. You would know that if you followed the data, instead of following the camp.
I’m researching the Theran Eruption and the idea that it wasn’t as big as it is propagated in mainstream sources is really interesting. It could help explain a lot of the problems in the archaeological and historical record. Especially the FACT that except for some minor inconvenience on Akrotiri the general Minoan culture didn’t suffer any great loss or fall around this time. If I was to believe what such a cataclysm would do to a maritime, insular culture there would be no Minoans left after it. Yet they went on pretty well before the continental Greeks invaded them.
Also, there is this neat diagram and in the centuries around 1700BCE there have been AT LEAST 35 major eruptions around the world. It’s been a hyper-active volcanic period. Google image “global temperatures 2500 BC”.
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