A staple complaint of the climate sceptic, that its impossible to determine the impact of historical volcanic eruptions on the climate, is a step closer to being spiked... the work is designed to resolve the often-conflicting dates attached to recorded eruptions... ice cores provide an accurate way to date the chemicals... "The Mediterranean island of Santorini blew apart and caused the end of the Minoan culture. But there is a huge debate about when exactly this occurred. 1601 was the 'year without a summer' -- but nobody knows where the volcano was that erupted...The match for Santorini was a volcano in the Arctic; leaving aside the imaginary nature of the Santorini supereruption in the 2nd millennium BC, Minoan civilization fell to Mycenaean Greek invaders, both on Crete and on Cyprus.
The catastrophic eruption of Santorini is certainly not imaginary. It did erupt explosively and catastrophically as the geology clearly demonstrates. Its role in the destruction of the Mediterranean civilizations of the period is a different question. There is abundant evidence that the Sea People came from Northern Europe in a mass migration after yet to be fully described catastrophes drowned the coastal regions and destroyed the agriculture in the region. It is not uncommon for migrations and invasions to occur in the wake of major ctastrophes. The massive destruction in the wake of Santorini and/ore the sequence of major earthquakess occuring in the Eastern Mediterranean about this time give good reson to suspect the Sea People were exploiting an opportunity made available by the catastrophe.s.