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Project ID: ICA3-CT-2002-10024
Financiado con arreglo a: FP5-INCO 2
País: Germany

Catalogue of maps of archaeological and historical sites affected by large earthquakes along the Dead Sea Fault

A Catalogue of textual and archaeological references related to earthquakes of the prehistoric, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic periods has been completed. This tremendous work was prepared under the direction of Partner 6 (U. Tubingen). A shorter version of the catalogue (that allow an easy access to the large catalogue) is also completed with bibliography, chronology, abbreviations of languages, concordance of sigla and biographical data in Greek, Latin and Islamic authors.

In addition, maps of localities were damage attributed to large earthquakes have been prepared as a general site-map at 1:1 000 000 scale, with inset Damascus and vicinity, index, topographical names, geographical coordinates and grids. A list of large seismic events with corresponding maps is also available.

The field work included excavation in several sites: Dahes, Apamea, Al Harif and Crak des Chevaliers (Qalaat Hosn) in Syria, the Sicantarla Tell and Orontes Hittites bridge in Turkey, the column of Baalbek in Lebanon and Tell Assaydiyeh and archaeological sites in the Jordan Valley. Each site was the location of extensive field investigations with topographic mapping, detailed logging, collection of photographs and sample collection for isotopic dating. More than 300 samples have been dated (radiocarbon) and earthquake sequences were identified in excavations.

The activities of archaeology-archaeoseismology working group in APAME have led to the preparation of catalogues and maps and related database that form the most extensive collection of sources concerning the past earthquakes in the Middle East. It would therefore be quite important to continue updating and supplementing the database with the aim to complete and print the catalogues so that the work done remains accessible to all who are interested.

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