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1628 BC -Versus- 1159 BC, Battle of the Ages
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Forget about the football games on TV, this is the "Turkey Bowl" of the century!

In terms of global weather there were no major disasters between 1628 BC and 1159 BC as evidenced by tree-ring analysis. There is a volcanic ash layer around 1370 BC in the Greenland ice-core, but it does not correlate with appreciably stunted tree growth (meaning no radical reduction of global temperatures).

It has become increasingly obvious that the Thera eruption was of sufficient magnitude to leave a distinct record in the tree rings (not only in the Mediterranean but world-wide). Therefore the eruption of circa 1370 BC was either not the main Thera eruption or came from some other volcano.

What then to do about Thera, all my white-meat and dark-meat bitches? Motivated by the established ancient chronology, scientists and enthusiasts of all types have tried very hard to associate Thera with the catastrophe of 1628 BC. However, the sulfer content in the Greenland ice-core layer of 1628 BC is not consistent with the Thera volcano. Neither does the surface ash-layer corresponding to 1628 BC in the archaeological record match that found on Thera. Not to worry though, scientists continue working to overcome these annoying little problems.

Almost no one wants to consider that the Thera eruption occurred in 1159 BC (or in the years immediately following an impact event in that year) ... again, because of the radical impact it would have to the standard ancient chronology. I searched the web over and found only two scientists/academics (one geographer and one archaeologist) who conclude that the Thera eruption was associated with the 1159 BC "event".

Ulf Erlingsson, a renowned marine geographer, makes his case in "Atlantis in Ireland" (2004):
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20427361.600-atlantis.html
http://www.knowth.com/atlantis-ireland.htm
http://atlantisinireland.com/
http://www.mythicalireland.com/ancientsites/tara/atlantis3.php
http://www.mythicalireland.com/ancientsites/knowth/atlantis-map-in-knowth.php
http://www.celticnetwork.com/culture/celtic-spirit/atlantis-ireland.html
http://www.eworldwire.com/pressrelease/11134
http://www.threemonkeysonline.com/threemon_printable.php?id=165
http://www.threemonkeysonline.com/als/_atlantis_from_a_geographers_perspective.html
http://www.angelrainbows.com/Ancient_Cultures_Atlantis_Atlantean_Celtic_Shelf_Atlantis.htm

John Dayton, the Archaeologist (Pottery Expert) and Mining Engineer, published his theory in "Minerals, Metals, Glazing & Man" (way back in 1978):
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0245528075/
http://www.abebooks.com/search/isbn/0245528075

"Santorini and the Collapse of the Bronze Age Civilizations"
by John Dayton
kordelas@snafu.de
http://atlas-conferences.com/c/a/j/i/61.htm
http://www.mun.ca/canqua/ICSU-DN/Brunelabstracts1.pdf
(pp 25-26)
http://atlas-conferences.com/cgi-bin/abstract/select/caiq-01

"If the Thera eruption was not 1628BC (as currently favoured) but 1159BC, interesting conclusions follow":
http://www.catastrophism.com/cdrom/pubs/journals/review/v1995/index.htm

"John Dayton was challenged over his reliance on ice core evidence - yet his conclusions were potentially valuable and important."
http://www.sis-group.org.uk/ancient.htm

"In challenging the accepted dates and synchronisms of the...Bronze Ages, his work is potentially more disruptive than Ages in Chaos itself... By exposing so much establishment dogma about the sources of metal ores, metallurgy, and their use in bronze and iron artefacts as false and misleading, he caused great annoyance to the English establishment. Their response, since they were powerless to avenge themselves on Dayton, was to take steps that led to the closure of the university section that had fostered him."
http://209.157.64.200/focus/f-news/669255/posts?page=11

Other interesting links:

Perilous Planet Earth
By Trevor Palmer
http://books.google.com/books?id=QuvQQFF6wIcC&pg=PA342&lpg=PA342&dq=Thera+1159+BC&source=bl&ots=Otp4ndsu6i&sig=B8biaqFcsyRrbF6-8xGWdMcX5RY&hl=en&ei=Hh0OS43MHouQtgfG4vXqCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAsQ6AEwADgU#v=onepage&q=Thera%201159%20BC&f=false

The Secret History of Global Environmental Catastrophe:
http://www.catherineshaffer.com/IfaTree.pdf

Moses Comet by Michael Baille:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1499609/posts

Irish Tree Rings and an Event in 1628 BC:
http://www.therafoundation.org/articles/chronololy/irishtreeringandaneventin1628bc/view?searchterm=

The Synchronisation of Civilisations in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Second Millennium B.C.:
certain traces in Greenland ice-core layers, previously taken to be stemming from the Minoan eruption of Thera, in fact originate from eruptions of the Aniakchak volcano in Alaska.
http://www.austriaca.at/0xc1aa500d_0x0016ae54.pdf

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