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Remains of a Man and Dog Trying to Escape Ancient Tsunami Found on Aegean Coast

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Turkish coastline has unearthed the remains of historical tsunami victims recently. According to the news, historians have found skeletons of a young man and a dog in Turkey. The unfortunate preys of the tsunami have been exhumed at the Aegean coast of Turkey. The eruption of the Thera volcano was the major cause of that terrible tsunami.

Excavations at Çeşme-Bağlararası, a Late Bronze Age site near Çeşme Bay, on Turkey's western coastline, dug out the skeletons of a man and a dog. The young man's skeleton seemed to be swept along by a debris flow. His bones were found against the damaged fortification wall.

This, in fact, is the first time when remains of Thera volcano victims are surfaced. The eruption of the Thera volcano is known to be the most dreadful natural disaster in history. Radiocarbon dating of the tsunami deposits at Çeşme-Bağlararası, reveals that the volcano's eruption occurred in 1612 BC.

Archaeologist Vasıf Şahoğlu of the University of Ankara and his colleagues proceed with the studies. The Archeologists commented on the ruins,

'Despite the eruption’s high intensity and tsunami-generating capabilities, few tsunami deposits [have been] reported.

'In contrast, descriptions of pumice, ash, and tephra deposits are widely published.'

The deposits indicate four consecutive tsunami blizzards. These individual storms however arose from the eruption at Thera. Three deposits are found near the northern coastline of Crete while the other three are spotted along the southern coastline of Turkey.

There has now become a caldera at the center of the Greek island of Santorini. The spot is known for its tragic tsunamis. These tsunamis were said to be the culprits that abolish the Minoan civilization on nearby Crete

It seems that just ash fallout from the eruption is not detected in the Mediterranean, Instead, the Çeşme Bay area faced a series of tsunamis, shattering their whole life. The debris also indicates that rescue efforts were taken to survive the catastrophe.