July 11, 2011

Site of Olympia buried by tsunami

Olympia Hypothesis: Tsunamis Buried the Cult Site On the Peloponnese
Olympia, site of the famous Temple of Zeus and original venue of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece, was presumably destroyed by repeated tsunamis that travelled considerable distances inland, and not by earthquake and river floods as has been assumed to date. Evidence in support of this new theory on the virtual disappearance of the ancient cult site on the Peloponnesian peninsula comes from Professor Dr Andreas Vött of the Institute of Geography of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.


"In earlier times, Olympia was not 22 kilometers away from the sea as it is today. Back then, the coastline was located eight or perhaps even more kilometers further inland," explains Vött. In his scenario, tsunamis came in from the sea and rushed into the narrow Alpheios River valley, into which the Kladeos River flows, forcing their way over the saddles behind which Olympia is located. The cult site was thus flooded. Vött assumes that the flooding decreased only slowly because the outflow of the Kladeos through the Alpheios valley was blocked by incoming tsunami waters and corresponding deposits. The analysis of the various layers of sediments in the Olympia area suggests that this scenario came true on several occasions during the last 7,000 years. It was during one of the more recent of these events in the 6th century AD that Olympia was finally destroyed and buried.


Andrés said...

Once again ancient myths proven true. The epic of Atra-Hasis is the new Illiad.

Andrew Oh-Willeke said...


So far, it is just a hypothesis. It isn't proven true until somebody finds a ruined temple where it is hypothesized to be. Query if it wouldn't be possible to do sonar or x-ray examination of the site to look for something like that and confirm the hunch.

Unknown said...

I am really curious about these tsunamis. Greece is about as far in as you can get. If it experienced tsunamis then so did the whole mediterranean. Yes this is the first I have heard of it. And the entrance at gibralter is tiny. Makes no sense.

Unknown said...


Just found this.