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The canal of Xerxes in northern Greece: fact or fiction? Recent geophysical and geoarchaeological investigations

Isserlin, B.S.J., Arvanitis, M., Jones, R.E., Karastathis, V., Papamarinopoulos, S.P., Stephanopoulos, P., Syrides, G. and Uren, J. (2008) The canal of Xerxes in northern Greece: fact or fiction? Recent geophysical and geoarchaeological investigations. In: Facorellis, Y., Zacharias, N. and Polikreti, K., (eds.) Proceedings of the 4th Symposium of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry. 4th Symposium of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry, 28-31 May 2003, Athens, Greece. British Archaeological Reports (BAR S1). Archaeopress , Oxford, England , pp. 59-64. ISBN 9781407301884

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Abstract

Herodotus describes how a canal was constructed in northern Greece by King Xerxes in around 480 BC to allow the Persian fleet into the Aegean in advance of its invasion of Greece. If so, this canal must have been a remarkable engineering operation for its time. This paper reports on the results of a non-invasive investigation at the supposed site of the canalon the 2 km wide isthmus of the Mount Athos peninsula. Geophysical. especially seismic survey, topographic survey and analysis of borehole sediments have played complementary roles in demonstrating that Herodotus ' account was very probably correct.

Item Type: Proceedings Paper
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright the authors 2008. Reproduced with the permission of the publisher.
Keywords: Geophysical survey; seismics; Xerxes; canal; coring; sediment analysis; ground-penetrating radar; radiocarbon dating
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Civil Engineering (Leeds)
Depositing User: Ms Caroline Wilson
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2009 16:07
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:57
Status: Published
Publisher: Archaeopress
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5387

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