Volcanic eruptions are violent geological events, but have they also affected the human history? In this lecture you will hear three selected case studies of how exactly volcanoes have affected communities.
Based on the research of recent years, the two researchers put geological and archaeological focus on three volcanic eruptions throughout the ages: the eruption of the Laacher See volcanic eruption in Germany 13,000 years ago, the volcanic eruption of the island of Santorini in the Mediterranean just over 3,600 years ago, and a series of coinciding volcanic eruptions in the sixth century of our own time. It is not hard to figure out that the plants, animals and humans living near these violent disasters were severely affected, but much indicates that the volcanos' arm was at times very long: Evidence from ice-cores, trees and archaeological sites tells about the impact on people and get far away from the epicenter of the outbreaks. In all three cases, there may, for example, be changes in the societies in the Nordic countries - for good and bad.