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ancient Olympia destroyed by tsunami?

Tue. July 12, 2011
Categories: antiquities, archaeology, Greece

Professor Dr Andreas Vött of the Institute of Geography of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany presents
new evidence for the cause Olympia’s burial in the 6th century CE.

Olympia, site of the famous Temple of Zeus and original venue of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece, was presumably destroyed by repeated tsunamis that travelled considerable distances inland, and not by earthquake and river floods as has been assumed to date.

…”Both the composition and thickness of the sediments we find in Olympia do not go with the hydraulic potential of the Kladeos River and the geomorphological inventory of the valley. It is highly unlikely that this could have been the work of this creek,” states Vött.

Olympia hypothesis: Tsunamis buried the cult site on the Peloponnese

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