August 27.-31.
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SEAC 2002

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Cultural Context from the Archaeoastronomical Data and the Echoes of Cosmic Catastrophic Events



Publication of the SEAC 2002
Schedule of Scientific Sessions, Cultural Programme and Social Events
Abstracts of SEAC 2002: PDF / HTML
Excursion to Saaremaa
Concert by Urmas Sisask
Lodging during SEAC-2002
Map of Tartu
Photos of Tartu


First Circular
Pre-registration Form
Second Circular
List of Participants

Tartu Observatory, Tõravere

Old Observatory, Tartu

The Kaali meteorite crater

The Kaali meteorite crater

The meteorite crater field in Kaali, Saaremaa, is the rarest natural monument in Estonia as well as the most impressive crater field of the whole Eurasia. The Kaali meteorite was the last giant meteorite that fell in a densely populated region of the world. Its fall on the inhabited island of Saaremaa evidently caused extensive damage and possibly also numerous victims, it has been compared with an explosion of a small nuclear bomb. The fall of the meteorite was historically remarkable as an event and for its influences on human culture. Besides that, a new landform emerged as the result of the explosion, well fit for a fortification, a watering place and a sacrificial site. The archaeological investigation in Kaali has confirmed the unique nature of the crater field in this respect

Izold Pustõlnik
Mare Kõiva

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