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Traces Of Tsunami In Ancient City Of Patara (Turkey)
Turkish Daily News ^ | 12-27-2005

Posted on 12/29/2005 11:58:05 AM PST by blam

Traces of tsunami in ancient city of Patara

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

ANKARA - Turkish Daily News

Archaeologists claim that an ancient lighthouse located in the ancient city of Patara on Antalya's Mediterranean coast might have been destroyed by a tsunami that hit the region in ancient times.

The ruins of the lighthouse were discovered two years ago during excavations that are still under way in Patara.

Professor Havva Ýþkan Iþýk, head of Akdeniz University's archaeology department, which is conducting studies in the ancient city, said they believed the lighthouse was destroyed by a tsunami since a human skeleton was found among the ruins.

Iþek said the skeleton could belong to a lighthouse keeper who was trying to escape a tsunami but was crushed under the lighthouse's stone blocks.

The excavations in Patara are proceeding under the supervision of Professor Fahri Iþýk, a lecturer at Akdeniz University. His wife, Havva Iþýk, indicated they had come across the skeleton under a mountain of sand.

Noting that they had unearthed what they believe is the oldest lighthouse in the world, Havva Iþýk said a bronze inscription the team discovered indicated that the lighthouse was built by the Roman Emperor Nero between A.D. 64 and 65.

“Likewise, the structural characteristics of the lighthouse demonstrate that it is the oldest lighthouse in the world. Our impressions support the idea that it was destroyed not by an earthquake but by a tsunami. The skeleton we found in the doorway to the lighthouse also points to this idea. Stone blocks resting on top off the skeleton indicate his struggle to get away just before the disaster struck. I believe this skeleton belongs to the lighthouse keeper,” said Iþýk.

However, Iþýk says they believe only the lighthouse was destroyed during the tsunami. “We found no other traces of tsunami damage to other structures,” she said.

Iþýk also said there was one more lighthouse in Patara according to an inscription they found to the east of the city.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ancient; atlantis; catastrophism; city; godsgravesglyphs; patara; romanempire; traces; tsunami; turkey
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1 posted on 12/29/2005 11:58:08 AM PST by blam
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To: SunkenCiv
GGG Ping.

I'm back home. We had a beautiful snowy Christmas in Indy.

2 posted on 12/29/2005 11:59:37 AM PST by blam
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To: blam
However, Iþýk says they believe only the lighthouse was destroyed during the tsunami. "We found no other traces of tsunami damage to other structures," she said.

Why couldn't the lighthouse have just collapsed? It had to be a tsunami...

If NERO would just have signed Kyoto all of this would have never happened...

3 posted on 12/29/2005 12:01:50 PM PST by frogjerk (LIBERALISM - Being miserable for no good reason)
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To: frogjerk

"If NERO would just have signed Kyoto all of this would have never happened..."


It was actually the fault of Emperor Georgius Bushicus II.


4 posted on 12/29/2005 12:04:54 PM PST by Blzbba ("Shop Smart. Shop S-Mart" - Ashe, Housewares)
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To: blam

"Our impressions support the idea that it was destroyed not by an earthquake but by a tsunami."

The two tend to go hand in hand, so I don't know how they're making the distinction, unless the skeleton is only buried in sand, and even then, earthquake cannot be completely ruled out.


5 posted on 12/29/2005 12:07:03 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry
"Our impressions support the idea that it was destroyed not by an earthquake but by a tsunami."

The distinction would be that a quake would be a local effect, distorting the earth, shaking and toppling the lighthouse, whereas a tsunami would knock it over with a wall of water which originated elsewhere, possibly from far enough away that the lighthouse never felt the quake.
6 posted on 12/29/2005 12:33:09 PM PST by Fatuncle (Were I not ignorant, I would not be here to learn things from you.)
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To: blam; FairOpinion; Ernest_at_the_Beach; StayAt HomeMother; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; asp1; ...
Thanks Blam.

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7 posted on 12/29/2005 2:41:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv ("In silence, and at night, the Conscience feels that life should soar to nobler ends than Power.")
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To: Blzbba
I though the Emperor Chimpus Kahn was at fault.
8 posted on 12/29/2005 2:45:54 PM PST by Ditter
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To: blam
The "keeper" never knew what hit 'im...

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9 posted on 12/29/2005 5:48:15 PM PST by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: ForGod'sSake

Excellent. Thanks for the photo.


10 posted on 12/29/2005 6:04:31 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Would someone care to pronounce "Havva Ýþkan Iþýk" for me?


11 posted on 12/30/2005 5:07:15 AM PST by Renfield (If Gene Tracy was the entertainment at your senior prom, YOU might be a redneck...)
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To: ForGod'sSake

Is that a real pic or photoshopped?


12 posted on 12/30/2005 6:32:23 AM PST by BJClinton (Mommas don't let your babies grow up to be sheepherders...)
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To: BJClinton
I asked the same question(of myself), but it's the real deal as far as I know.
13 posted on 12/30/2005 7:02:07 AM PST by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: Renfield
It's pronounced "Havva Ýþkan Iþýk".

The surrounding area should end up liberally sprayed with spit.

14 posted on 12/30/2005 12:38:53 PM PST by Fatuncle (Were I not ignorant, I would not be here to learn things from you.)
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To: Renfield
Havva Ishkan Ishik, Ishik means light by the way.

The "Ý" is actually an "I" with a dot on top. Its pronounced like "E".

The "þ" is actually an "s" with a accent on the bottom. It gives a sound similar to "sch" or "sh".

The "ý" is actually an "i" without the dot on top. It does not correspond to any sound in English.

Some Turkish characters turn into those strange letters when copied and pasted on computers with no Turkish character set installed.

15 posted on 01/02/2006 1:42:49 AM PST by Turk2 (Dulce bellum inexpertis)
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To: Turk2

Thanks!!


16 posted on 01/02/2006 8:37:19 AM PST by Renfield (If Gene Tracy was the entertainment at your senior prom, YOU might be a redneck...)
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To: Renfield

No problem.


17 posted on 01/03/2006 3:53:36 PM PST by Turk2 (Dulce bellum inexpertis)
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18 posted on 02/10/2014 8:26:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...
Note: this topic was posted 12/29/2005. Thanks blam.

19 posted on 02/10/2014 8:27:39 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: ForGod'sSake

Where’s that pic from?


20 posted on 02/10/2014 8:35:26 PM PST by Black Agnes
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