Paleogeographic Reconstructions of Coastal Aegean Archaeological Sites

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Science  11 Mar 1977:
Vol. 195, Issue 4282, pp. 941-947
DOI: 10.1126/science.195.4282.941


Many studies have been made of ancient Greek topography, some of the more recent ones based on modern techniques. However, most still ignore the subsurface dimension of coastal and other environments and hence fail to fully explain coastal and alluvial-colluvial processes, rates of change of geomorphology, and the effects of coastal change on humans. In this article subsurface geological analyses have been used to elucidate paleogeographic coastal settings of major archaeological sites around the Aegean Sea. Similar approaches could be applied in the Middle and Far East and elsewhere in the Mediterranean.