The Value of Tsunami Signatures in Marine Geoarchaeological Deposits

Author(s): Beverly Goodman Tchernov

Year: 2014


Pre- instrumentally recorded (about 100 years) catalogues of tsunami events rely heavily on written descriptions. While textual evidence provides a wealth of useful information, it is limited with regard to reliability, geographic range, consistency and quality. One way in which these records can be complemented and improved is through the discovery, identification, and description of offshore upper-shelf tsunami deposits. This approach has proved especially successful in recent and past studies at Caesarea, Israel. For example, comparative study between contemporaneous sequences within the anthropogenically-influenced coastal and near shore stratigraphy to the lesser disturbed offshore stratigraphy provides a unique window into the human response to these events and yields important parameters that can better inform tsunami models and magnitude estimations. A range of examples will be provided from recent research in the eastern Mediterranean.

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The Value of Tsunami Signatures in Marine Geoarchaeological Deposits. Beverly Goodman Tchernov. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436554)

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