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Icebergs in Constantinople and a Frozen Black Sea: Climate Anomalies Triggered by Eruptions in Iceland at the Beginning of the Middle Ages

It was one of the coldest winters the region has experienced: in the year 763, large areas of the Black Sea froze, and icebergs were seen in the Bosphorus. Contemporary historians recorded this unusual weather phenomenon during the winter of 763/764 in their accounts of Constantinople, now Istanbul. Now, an international and interdisciplinary study conducted […]

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Villa Where Emperor Augustus Passed Away Unearthed at Somma Vesuviana

Archaeologists from the University of Tokyo have found on the northern slopes of Mount Vesuvius in southern Italy, part of a building that could have been the villa of the first Roman emperor, Augustus. Through radiocarbon dating and physicochemical analysis of the volcanic rock covering the building, it has been demonstrated that it was in […]

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The Largest Underwater Volcanic Eruption in History, 7300 Years Ago in Japan, Created a Caldera the Size of a Capital City

A team of geoscientists from Kobe University recently uncovered evidence that a massive volcanic eruption that took place 7,300 years ago in southern Japan was the largest eruption to occur on Earth within the past 11,700 years. Their findings shed new light on mega-eruption dynamics and the influential role volcanoes have played in Earth’s climate […]

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Evidence of Ancient Volcanic Eruption Six Times Larger than the One that Caused the Fall of the Minoan Civilization Found on Santorini

An international expedition led by Dr. Steffen Kutterolf of GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel has found evidence of one of the largest eruptions ever recorded in southern Aegean Arc of Greece. The expedition was conducted aboard the JOIDES Resolution research vessel as part of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). The Greek island […]

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The Residence of the Prefect of the Roman Tyrrhenian Fleet, from where Pliny the Elder would have seen the Vesuvius Eruption, uncovered

In an area already protected by ministerial archaeological restrictions due to the density of ancient testimonies scattered around Punta Sarparella, in Bacoli, from the entrance to the Roman theater of Misenum, passing through the sacellum of the Augustales, to the inner basin of the ancient port, an archaeological discovery of excepcional importance has been made. […]