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Thera tephra

7 January 2016

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/tephra-from-thera-e… … tephra from the Thera eruption during the Late Bronze Age has turned up at excavations at Tel -Al-Dafna, situated on the western bank of the Suez Canal. The site is a fort constructed in the time of Psammetich of dynasty 26 (7th century BC) but presumably the volcanic ash was laid down much earlier. It does illustrate that a tidal wave associated with the volcano generated a tsunami wave that penetrated far inland. As such, it should be mentioned somewhere in Egyptian historical records – or even Biblical memory if it involved Israelite in Egypt of the time. In a tsunami event the tide first recedes before coming back with a vengeance. What does that remind you of?

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