Archaeology & History
Remains found of man and dog who tried to flee tsunami
By T.K. Randall
January 14, 2022 · 1 comment
The eruption brought about widespread devastation. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Brocken Inaglory
3,600 years ago, a volcanic eruption in the Aegean Sea produced a torrent of devastating tsunamis.
The eruption of the volcano Thera in 1600 B.C. is widely considered to be one of the most destructive natural disasters in human history, causing utter devastation across the entire region and even contributing to the demise of the Minoan civilization.
It erupted with the force of 2 million Hiroshima bombs, enough to cause huge tidal waves that spread the destruction far and wide, as well as a volcanic winter that would have been felt as far away as China.
Surprisingly, however, despite the number of people who must have been killed, the remains of only a single victim had even been found - those of a man found buried in rubble on Santorini.
Now though, archaeologists in Western Turkey have discovered the remains of a man and his dog who were thought to have been killed by the ensuing tsunamis that swept the region.
Interestingly, there was evidence of a pit dug above the man's body, suggesting that someone had either attempted to rescue him or they had wished to retrieve his remains for proper burial.
A second tsunami wave however ultimately prevented them from succeeding.
The scene serves as a chilling reminder of the destructive power of mother nature, as well as a warning that such an event could one day happen again.
Source: Live Science
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