Skip to comments.Geoscience Rediscovers Phoenicia's Buried Harbors
Posted on 01/06/2006 2:55:18 PM PST by blam
Geoscience rediscovers Phoenicia's buried harbors
Space and Earth science : January 05, 2006
The exact locations of Tyre and Sidon's ancient harbors, Phoenicia's two most important city-states, have attracted scholarly interest and debate for many centuries. New research reveals that the ancient basins lie buried beneath the medieval and modern city centers.
A network of sediment cores have been sunk into the cities' coastal deposits and studied using high-resolution geoscience techniques to elucidate how, where, and when Tyre and Sidon's harbors evolved since their Bronze Age foundations. In effect, ancient port basins are rich geological archives replete with information on human impacts, occupation histories, Holocene coastal evolution, and natural catastrophes.
Dateable archeological and organic remains provide a chronology for this 8000-year-old story. Analyses identify various stages of harbor evolution from natural sheltered coves during the Bronze Age to human modified environments from the Phoenician period through Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine times.
After the sixth and tenth centuries A.D., tectonic collapse, tsunamogenic impacts, and relative commercial decline meant that the harbors were no longer properly maintained, gradually buried beneath thick tracts of coastal sediment and lost until now. These findings have far-reaching implications for our understanding of Phoenician maritime archaeology and call for the protection of these unique cultural heritages.
Source: Geological Society of America
Interesting. I still want to know exactly who/what made the walls in Japan and the Bimini Road along with it's neighbor the Shark Mound.
"I still want to know exactly who/what made the walls in Japan and the Bimini Road along with it's neighbor the Shark Mound."
According to doctor Robert Schoch (geologist/geophysist) nature did it.
It was called the "Greek Sea" for a reason. Once the Byzantines lost the harbors to the invading Muslims, the death of the harbors was assured.
Cool new keyword. ;'D
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Similar to the hexagonal pillars of the Giant's Causeway in Ireland.
As I posted on another thread:
There was a young man from Nantucket
Who kept all his brains in a bucket
And to me he said
As he emptied his head
"I regret the tsunami in Phuket!"
But this is horse crap! Everyone knows Phoenix was NOTHING before World War II. And it's in the desert anyway...
Seriously, I just wish I had more time to read up on this stuff. It's going to have to get in line behind all the other recent FR posts on hemoglobin, renormalization, ...
When did the Med ever have tsunamis?
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