New publication on Ancient Earthquakes

GSA has published a new Special Paper on Archaeo- and Paleoseismicity!

M. Sintubin, I.S. Stewart, T. Niemi & E. Altunel, Eds., Geological Society of America Special Papers 471, 280 p., 2010 (ISBN 9780813724713)


Understanding earthquakes in the ancient world
1. KING, G.C.P. & BAILEY, G.N. Dynamic landscapes and human evolution
2. FORCE, E.R. & MCFADGEN, B.G. Tectonic environments of ancient civilizations: opportunities for archaeoseismological and anthropological studies

Historical earthquakes and their societal impact
3. BILHAM, R. & LODI, S. The door-knockers of Mansurah: strong shaking in a region of low perceived seismic risk, Sindh, Pakistan
4. LAFFAILLE, J., AUDEMARD, F. & ALVARADO, M. San Antonio de Mucuñó, Mérida Andes, Venezuela: relocation of a doctrine town following the 1674 earthquake
5. ALTEZ, R. New interpretations of the social and material impacts of the 1812 earthquake in Caracas, Venezuela
6. RAPHAEL, K. The impact of the 1157 and 1170 Syrian earthquakes on Crusader – Muslim politics and military affairs
7. STEFANAKIS, E. Western Crete: from Captain Spratt to modern archaeoseismology
8. BARNES, G. Earthquake archaeology in Japan: an overview

Commentaries and perspectives on archaeoseismological research
9. RUCKER, J.D. & NIEMI, T.M. Historical earthquake catalogues and archaeological data: achieving synthesis without circular reasoning
10. BILHAM, R., SINGH, B., BHAT, I. & HOUGH, S. Historical earthquakes in Srinagar, Kashmir: Clues from the Shiva Temple at Pandrethan
11. KOVACH, R.L., GRIJALVA, K. & NUR, A. Earthquakes and civilisations of the Indus Valley: A challenge for archaeoseismology
12. GRÜTZNER, C., REICHERTER, K. & SILVA, P.G. Comparing semiquantitative logic trees for archeoseismology and palaeoseismology: the Baelo Claudia (southern Spain) case study
13. TENDÜRÜS, M., VAN WIJNGAARDEN, G.J. & KARS, H. Long-term effect of seismic activities on archaeological remains, a test study from Zakynthos, Greece
14. YERLI, B., TEN VEEN, J., SINTUBIN, M., KARABACAK, V., YALÇINER, C.C. & ALTUNEL, E. Assessment of seismically induced damage using LIDAR: the ancient city of Pinara (SW Turkey) as a case study

Practices in archaeoseismology
15. RODRÍGUEZ-PASCUA, M.A. , SILVA, P.G., GARDUÑO-MONROY, V.H., PÉREZ-LÓPEZ, R., ISRADE-ALCÁNTARA, I.; GINER-ROBLES, J.L., BISCHOFF, J.L., & CALVO, J.P. Ancient earthquakes from archaeoseismic evidence during the Visigoth and Islamic periods in the archaeological site of “Tolmo de Minateda” (SE of Spain)
16. KÁZMÉR, M. & MAJOR, B. Distinguishing damages of multiple earthquakes. Archaeoseismology of a masonry crusader castle (al-Marqab citadel, Syria)
17. KARAKHANYAN, A., AVAGYAN, A. & SOUROUZIAN, H Archaeoseismological studies at the temple of Amenhotep III, Luxor, Egypt
18. BARRECA, G., BARBANO, M.S., CARBONE, S. & MONACO, C. Archaeological evidence for Roman age faulting in central-northern Sicily: possible effects of coseismic deformation
19. GALLI, P.A.C., GIOCOLI A.A., NASO, J.A., PISCITELLI, S., RIZZO, E., CAPINI S. & SCAROINA, L. The faulting of the Roman aqueduct of Venafrum (southern Italy). Methods of investigation, results and seismotectonic implications
20. SBEINATI, M.R., MEGHRAHOUI, M., SULEYMAN, G., GROOTES, P., NADEAU, M.-J., AL NAJJAR, H., GOMEZ, F. & AL-GHAZZI, R. Timing of earthquake ruptures at the Al Harif Roman Aqueduct (Dead Sea fault, Syriafrom archaeoseismology, palaeoseismology and Tufa cores
21. YÖNLÖ, O., ALTUNEL, E., KARABACAK, V., AKYÜZ, S. & YALÇINER, C. C. Offset archeological relics on the western part of the Büyük Menderes Graben (Western Turkey) and their tectonic implications

This book is available online in parts (GoogleBooks).

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Christoph Grützner

Christoph Grützner

works at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jena University. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and looks for ancient earthquakes.

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  • Mary | 2011-09-08|13:30 (UTC)

    Is there any research done on biblical earthquakes and their estimated magnitude?

  • Christoph Grützner | 2011-09-08|20:22 (UTC)

    Dear Mary, there is. The Dead Sea Transform Fault (or Dead Sea Rift) is a very active tectonic structure with lots of strong earthquakes during the last thousands of years. Seismic events there are situated in the right place for being incorporated into the bible. I remember that some people thought about an earthquake that hit Jericho and caused the city to collapse (instead of the trombones).
    Ambraseys has written about earthquakes and archaeology:
    Ambraseys, N.N., 2006: Earthquakes and Archaeology. Journal of Archaeological Science
    Volume 33, Issue 7, Pages 1008-1016.

    Also Bentor, Y.K., 1989: Geological events in the bible. Terra Nova, Volume 1, Issue 4, pages 326-338.

    Best wishes,


  • Rita Kats | 2015-04-26|14:40 (UTC)

    Thank you so much for publicating this, it`s very helpful.
    Especially for my project for earthquake course at college.


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