Currently I spend my time working on some papers that deal with tsunamis in the Eastern Mediterranean and earthquakes in Spain. Searching for literature and looking for data on the Minoan catastrophe I came across this new open access publication by Simon Jusseret and Manuel Sintubin:
- All That Rubble Leads to Trouble: Reassessing the Seismological Value of Archaeological Destruction Layers in Minoan Crete and Beyond. Seismological Research Letters, 83, 4, 736-742, doi:10.1785/0220120011.
Our colleagues from IGCP567 – Earthquake Archaeology put a lot of effort into getting rid of catastrophism and into making archeoseismology a more reliable, quantitative science. By the way, don’t miss the next workshop on archeoseismology and active tectonics in Mexico 2012!
Let’s stay in the eastern Mediterranean – Beth Shaw published a book based on the three papers she wrote for her dissertation. Active tectonics of the Hellenic subduction zone, Springer theses, 169 p., 2012. DOI:10.1007/978-3-642-20804-1. Parts of the book are available online.
Costa Concordia impact seismogram
When the Coasta Concordia cruise ship hit the tiny island off Italy in January, the impact was registered by seismographs: Marco Mucciarelli on The Seismic Wake of Costa Concordia. Seismological Research Letters, 83, 4, 636-638, doi:10.1785/0220120020. Open access.
Archaeoseismology in Israel
Israel not only has plenty of archaeological sites, but also the Dead Sea Rift with its strong earthquakes – a disneyland for archaeoseismology! Check the latest findings by Laura Alfonsi and her colleagues on Archaeoseismic Evidence of Two Neolithic (7,500–6,000 B.C.) Earthquakes at Tell es-Sultan, Ancient Jericho, Dead Sea Fault. Seismological Research Letters, 83, 4, 639-648, doi: 10.1785/0220110144.