The Black Sea Flood Question: Changes in Coastline, Climate, and Human Settlement

  • Valentina Yanko-Hombach
  • Allan S. Gilbert
  • Nicolae Panin
  • Pavel M. Dolukhanov

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. General

    1. Keith Stewart, Steven Kassakian, Marta Krynytzky, Doug DiJulio, James W. Murray
      Pages 1-21
    2. Daniela Basso, Cesare Corselli
      Pages 23-46
  3. Principal Flood Scenarios

    1. William B. F. Ryan
      Pages 63-88
    2. Richard N. Hiscott, Ali E. Aksu, Peta J. Mudie, Michael A. Kaminski, Teofilo Abrajano, Doğan Yaşar et al.
      Pages 89-117
  4. Research in the Northern Sector

  5. Research in the Western Sector

  6. Research in the Southern Sector

  7. Research in the Eastern Sector

  8. Research in the Mediterranean

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 833-971

About this book


Stimulated by "Noah’s Flood Hypothesis" proposed by W. Ryan and W. Pitman in which a catastrophic inundation of the Pontic basin was linked to the biblical story, leading experts in Black Sea research (including oceanography, marine geology, paleoclimate, paleoenvironment, archaeology, and linguistic spread) provide overviews of their data and interpretations obtained through empirical scientific approaches. Among the contributors are many East European scientists whose work has rarely been published outside of Cyrillic. Each of the 35 papers marshals its own evidence for or against the flood hypothesis. No summary or overall resolution to the flood question is presented, but instead access is provided to a broad range of interdisciplinary information that crosses previously impenetrable language barriers so that new work in the region can proceed with the benefit of a wider frame of reference. The three fundamental scenarios describing the late glacial to Holocene rise in the level of the Black Sea—catastrophic, gradual, and oscillating—are presented in the early pages, with the succeeding papers organized by geographic sector: northern (Ukraine), western (Moldova, Romania, and Bulgaria), southern (Turkey), and eastern (Georgia and Russia), as well as three papers on the Mediterranean. The volume thus brings together eastern and western scholarship to share research findings and perspectives on a controversial subject. In addition, appendices are included containing some 600 radiocarbon dates from the Pontic region obtained by USSR and western laboratories.

Scientists, researchers and students in geology, climatology, archeology, oceanography, linguistics, history, geography as well as Black Sea specialists.



Coast Middle Paleolithic Neolithic Ocean Oceanography Scale climate change holocene late pleistocene marine marine geology mesolithic neolithization paleoenvironment pleistocene

Editors and affiliations

  • Valentina Yanko-Hombach
    • 1
  • Allan S. Gilbert
    • 2
  • Nicolae Panin
    • 3
  • Pavel M. Dolukhanov
    • 4
  1. 1.Avalon Institute for Applied ScienceWinnipegCanada
  2. 2.Fordham UniversityBronxUSA
  3. 3.National Institute of Marine Geology and Geo-ecologyBucharestRomania
  4. 4.University of Newcastle upon TyneTyneUK

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