Skip to comments.Akrotiri, Santorini: the Minoan Pompeii - part 6
Posted on 07/25/2013 2:39:56 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Geological testing was done at the site in 2005, for the purpose of placing pillars in solid ground so that the stability of the roof would not be an issue in the event of an earthquake.
What they found while using high resolution travel time tomography, a method of getting images from under the surface of the earth using waves of energy, were underground cavities. These were both man made and natural. The man made gaps in the earth were filled with rocks, ceramics, and other items of interest to archeologists.
Before drilling the new shafts and setting the pillars that would support the new roof, the geologists relied on the images to choose the most stable locations. A rare photo of the new roof under construction is in the slide show.
For those who want to see what the dig looked like in 2005, shortly before the collapse of the roof that killed one British tourist, slideshows are on each of the following articles relating to Akrotiri.
(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...
Excellent series. Thank you for posting.
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