Western Crete: From Captain Spratt to modern archaeoseismology
Published:October 01, 2010
The earliest use of seismological observation to identify and date archaeological sites in western Crete was attempted by Captain T.A.B. Spratt in the late nineteenth century. Since then, the development of the subdiscipline of archaeoseismology has offered a great deal to our understanding of western Crete, especially regarding major sites such as Phalasarna and Kissamos. This paper is a review and summary of archaeoseismology in western Crete, presenting the archaeoseismological and excavation evidence from Phalasarna and Kissamos. It also presents evidence from other archaeological sites in western Crete and expresses the potential the region has for future archaeoseismological research.