Seismic faults and sacred sanctuaries in Aegean antiquity

TitleSeismic faults and sacred sanctuaries in Aegean antiquity
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsStewart I, Piccardi L
JournalProceedings of the Geologists' Association

The ancient destructive capability of earthquake faults is well chronicled by historians and
their cultural impact widely uncovered by archaeologists. Archaeological and geological
investigations at some of the most renowned sites in the ancient Greece world, however,
suggest a more nuanced and intimate relationship between seismic faults and past human
settlements. In the Aegean's karstic landscape earthquake fault scarps act as limestone
ramparts on which fortifications, citadels and acropoli were constructed, and underlying fault …