An earthquake could have been the cause of the fall of Mycenae

An earthquake could have been the cause of the fall of Mycenae

The fall of Mycenae, source of inspiration for "The Iliad" and "The odyssey”Has been a mystery throughout history. This civilization experienced a great decline around 1200 BC, and although the reason that triggered a certain situation is unknown, among the reasons why it could occur are from an uprising of the lowest class to a war with the invaders.

Geologists have told LiveScience that they hope to find among the ruins of Tirinto if the reason for such disappearance was caused by an earthquake, since, scientists also think that it was due to one of the frequent earthquakes that occur in Greece.

Tirinto was one of the great Mycenaean cities In which, on top of a hill, the king built the "cyclopean" palace, which due to its fortification with very thick walls, it was believed that only the one-eyed monster could have transported such immense stone walls. The dimensions of the walls were about 10 meters high and 8 meters wide, made up of blocks that weighed about 13 tons.

Klaus-G. Hinzen, a seismologist at the University of Cologne in Germany and leader of the project, together with his team have prepared a 3D representation of what was Tirinto, based on the remains found. The project was presented on April 19 at the Seismological Society during the annual meeting of the United States in Salt Lake City.

The objective of the research is determine if the condition of the walls could only have been caused by an earthquake. Geophysical exploration of the sediments and rock layers below the surface will provide data by which engineers will determine whether the earth was shaken by an earthquake.

To the no historical texts have been foundIt is the only way to understand what happened in that city. Although Greece has few active faults, it is not ruled out that a subduction zone was nearby. Large clusters of seismic waves were found on the hills on which the fortifications were located, making the site highly vulnerable to earthquakes.

The researchers also intend to study the Midea city. Studies similar to these have already been developed in Turkey, Germany and Rome.

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