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SEA LEVEL CHANGES IN CRETE

RELATIVE SEA-LEVEL CHANGES IN CRETE: REASSESSMENT OF RADIOCARBON DATES FROM SPHAKIA AND WEST CRETE (from Annual of the British School at Athens 97 (2002), 171-200), BY SIMON PRICE, TOM HIGHAM, LUCIA NIXON and JENNIFER MOODY.

This article is concerned with the recognition and dating of Holocene-age uplift events which changed relative sea-levels in the coastal zone of Crete. The specific region of interest is the area of Sphakia, which is representative of this much studied coastline, which has almost the greatest density of evidence for sealevel changes of any coastline in the whole Mediterranean. The authors consider the effect of recent changes in the calibration of radiocarbon (14C) dates on our understanding of the history of changes in relative sea levels in the region, and their potential effect on human populations. They concentrate particularly upon the most recent of these events, which has been correlated with a major uplift affecting western Crete in later antiquity.

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Monday, February 12, 2018
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