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8.14.2003

Big earthquake in Greece. There are injuried but apparently no-one was killed. Apparently the quake hit the islands most strongly.

When I studied in Greece, one place we went was Santorini. There are extensive archaeological digs on the island, as there are on many Greek islands. What differentiated one dig I went to, however, was the 3000 year old, three-story walls at Akrotiri that had stood buried for thousand of years until buried by eruption.

These walls and their fragility prompted the archaeology professor (and daughter of chief excavator) to ask us whether such walls should be excavated at all. If they will be destroyed by a stong-enough earthquake (which they eventually will), why excavate them at all? Is it fatalistic not to do so, if useful archaeological knowledge can be gained from said diggings?
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