In a study led by Prof. Beverly Goodman-Tchernov (Department of Marine Geosciences) and MSc graduate Charles Everhardt, tsunami deposits were discovered for the first time on land associated with the destruction of Caesarea in 749 CE. “Using the remains of past disasters can help us understand where the risk zones are along the coast and prepare for future tsunamis,” explains Prof. Goodman-Tchernov. The findings also shed light on the human response to natural disasters, as demonstrated by the reconstruction of Caesarea following the disaster several decades later. The study, conducted in collaboration with the Israel Antiquities Authority, was published in Geosciences Journal.
FURTHER READING: Extensive media coverage in the Jerusalem Post and Ynetnews