Bones found of man and dog fleeing ancient volcano more powerful than Hiroshima
Bones of a teenager and dog from thousands of years ago show they were wiped out by a colossal tsunami.
The Thera volcano eruption between Greece and Turkey around 3,600 years ago remains one of the worst natural disasters in human history.
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As mammoth waves pulled countless lives into the Agean Sea in 1600 B.C, researchers have found corpses on land difficult to stumble upon.
Vasıf Şahoğlu, an archaeologist at the University of Ankar has published his team's findings in the west Turkey town of Çeşme.
He said: "According to the results, the archaeological site was hit by a series of strong tsunamis that caused damage and erosion, leaving behind a thick layer of debris, distinguishable by its physical, biological, and chemical signature.
"An articulated human and dog skeleton discovered within the tsunami debris are in situ victims related to the Late Bronze Age Thera eruption event."
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Scientists add that those in Egypt could probably see the volcano's plume which also likely caused a global volcanic winter that reached as far as China, Live Science reports.
Digging began at Çeşme over a decade ago when builders reported Bronze Age ruins.
Speaking on the man and dog bones, Şahoğlu told Live Science: "This is going to help us enormously. … We will now be able to interpret everything in a much better way."
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Experts say the man's bones suggest he was aged just 17 when he was killed by a tsunami wave and washed up against a wall in the Bronze Age town.
Despite the dog's remains being close to the 17-year-old, archaeologist and senior co-author of the study Beverly Goodman-Tchernov says there is nothing to suggest the two were together at the time.
Goodman-Tchernov added: "We think these are actually the preserved 'negative spaces' from where people have come and rescued the injured survivors or removed [the dead].
"Unfortunately, there was another tsunami wave that came in and filled all of those."
Şahoğlu said scientific tests would be carried out on the remains, including DNA analysis, to better understand the young man and the dog.
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