The University of Arizona

Modeling the Age of the Cape Riva (Y-2) Tephra

Sharen Lee, Christopher Bronk Ramsey, Mark Hardiman


Tephra from the Cape Riva (Y-2) eruption of Santorini has been found across the eastern Mediterranean. It presents an important link between marine and terrestrial records. A Poisson process (P Sequence) age-depth prior, with model averaging, is used to model individual previously published radiocarbon sequences, cross-linked with an exponential phase model parameter to obtain a robust age. Multiple sequences and 14C determinations from 3 eastern Mediterranean data sets (Seymour et al. 2004; Margari et al. 2009; Müller et al. 2011; Roeser et al. 2012) are used in the model. The modeled age of the Y-2 tephra produced within this study is 22,329–21,088 cal BP at 95.4% probability.

DOI: 10.2458/azu_js_rc.55.16214

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