The Trojan War

9 Sep 2010

It seems that some European scholars have recognised there might be a connection between a comet or meteor and the end of the Late Bronze Age which in turn sparked an earthquake storm across the plate boundaries from the Aegean and Anatolia to at least as far east as Pakistan and India. Two articles in a book, Science and Technology in Homeric Epics (2008) are relevant. One is by Amanda Laouipi and the other by SP Papamarinopondas. Laouipi has a web site with the equally intriguing title, 'Disaster Archaeology' (see http://archaeodisasters.blogspot.com ). The site is split into various subsections with regular updates as and when new information arises. For example, i) space hazards and human evolution, ii) evidence of archaic disasters, iii) disaster vocabulary in ancient cultures, and iv) disaster archaeology etc. She also has a news section with relevant stories that is worth exploring - such as lost or submerged cities, Japan's underwater pyramid, and submerged wonders of the world. Her bibliography includes Allan Delair's When the Earth Nearly Died, Anthony Aveni's Stairways to the Stars, Clube and Napier, The Cosmic Winter, DH Childress Ancient Micronesia, R Drews The End of the Bronze Age, Firestone and West et al, The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes. JD Gunn, The Year without a Summer: Tracing AD536 and its aftermath, Peiser, Palmer and Mark Bailey, Natural Catastrophes during the Bronze Age (no mention of SIS even though it was an SIS conference proceedings). Trevor Palmer Perilous Planet Earth, PA Pirazzoli Sea Level Changes: the last 20,000 years (1996), a book by JG Radlof (published by Metron Publications) and Rapp and Higgs Geoarchaeology and numerous others - as well as various papers and articles. She quotes Han Kloosterman (from the 1970s) and the mentions the Black Sea Floods (see SIS article by Trevor Palmer), the Athenian plague of the 5th century BC, Ice Ages, sediments and disaster, and various other themes. A whole raft of material to interest catastrophists at large.