Then again, they may just have an awful lot of both.
Greece has a lot of ancient temples. Greece also has a lot of earthquakes. And sometimes they happen in the same places. On one hand, this shouldn’t be surprising. Greece and its neighboring islands are contained in a “box” of seismic fault lines that run in all different directions. The region also has millennia of history and is bursting with ancient ruins. But new research from the University of Plymouth suggests the overlap of earthquakes and temples may be no accident. A study published in the Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association suggests that the ancient Greeks deliberately built their sacred or treasured sites on land that had previously been shaken by a quake.