Thera explosion dating
The wide half moon shape bay (called "Caldera") is facing a group of small volcanic islands coming from the lava flow after it had solidified.These islands are: Thirassia, Aspronesi, Mikrà Kameni, Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni.When the Francs arrived in Thira in 1204 AD the island was named Santorini and The Fortress of Skaros was appointed main town.Hereafter, the island entered a long period of struggles: Byzantine struggles, Turkish raids, competitions between Genoa and Venice (called "La Serenissima") ...And because it was such a terrifically cataclysmic event in the Mediterranean, if scientists are able to accurately date the blast, other ancient “floating,” or unattributable, dates may fall into place in its wake.
Inhabitants elected their representatives (called "Gerontes") who had to deal with Ottoman and Venetian autorities.These features are common to other villages: Imerovigli, Firostefani, Pyrgos and, especially, Oia.The Akrotiri site has not yielded huge amounts of gold, silver and bronze artifacts, nothing on the scale that might have been expected had the inhabitants been caught unawares.(Related story: "'Lost Kingdom' Discovered on Volcanic Island in Indonesia [February 27, 2006].) The researchers, partially funded by the National Geographic Society, obtained the new data by conducting the first seismic survey of the seabed near Santorini.In the antiquity, the Minoans inhabited the island first.Later, during the Dorian time, in the seventh century BC, the famous Cyrene (Thera's colony) was founded.