Special session “Archeoseismology” of the SSA Annual Meeting to be held in Memphis, TN, April 13-15th

Dear Researchers and Other Interested Parties!

We invite you to submit an abstract to the special session “Archeoseismology: Learning about Ancient Earthquakes from the Archeological Record” of the Seismological Society of America Annual meeting to be held in Memphis, TN, April 13-15th. This is a reminder that the abstract deadline for the 2011 SSA annual meeting is 5 PM PST on 11 January.

The link for meeting information is:


Please consider submitting an abstract for the special session:
Archeoseismology: Learning about Ancient Earthquakes from the Archeological Record

This session is organized jointly by SSA and the European Seismological Commission (ESC). Evidence of large earthquakes before the advent of modern seismometers is derived from  historical, geological, and archaeological records. In this session, we explore the field of  archaeoseismology-the study of the evidence of ancient earthquakes at archaeological sites. Archaeological records have the potential of yielding valuable data relevant to the timing of ancient earthquakes as well as to intensity of ground shaking and parameters of fault rupture. Many archaeological sites contain abundant material useful for precise dating and regional correlation of earthquake effects that are necessary for estimating the timing,  locations, magnitudes, and recurrence of large earthquakes. Because many of them have been occupied over a long period of time, archeological sites may have experienced multiple cycles of seismic activity and contain records of long-term behavior of faults. In addition, earthquake-related ground failure may disturb the archeological record. The challenge for archaeoseismic research is to decipher the evidence of ancient earthquakes within this archaeological-geological context. This session explores the records of earthquakes at archaeological sites and methods for quantifying seismic hazard parameters from archaeoseismic data. We hope to elicit archeoseismology papers from around the globe, including Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Mediterranean, as well as the Americas.  This session sponsored by International Geoscience Programme IGCP 567 “Earthquake  Archaeology.”


Tina M. Niemi <niemit@umkc.edu>

Klaus -G. Hinzen <hinzen@uni-koeln.de>

Martitia P. Tuttle <mptuttle@earthlink.net>

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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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