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War, space, and the evolution of Old World complex societies

How did human societies evolve from small groups, integrated by face-to-face cooperation, to huge anonymous societies of today? Why is there so much variation in the ability of different human populations to construct viable states? We developed a model that uses cultural evolution mechanisms to predict where and when the largest-scale complex societies should have arisen in human history. The model was simulated within a realistic landscape of the Afroeurasian landmass, and its predictions were tested against real data. Overall, the model did an excellent job predicting empirical patterns. Our results suggest a possible explanation as to why a long history of statehood is positively correlated with political stability, institutional quality, and income per capita.

 

War, space, and the evolution of Old World complex societies
Peter Turchin, Thomas E. Currie, Edward A. L. Turner, and Sergey Gavrilets

http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1308825110
PNAS September 23, 2013


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Peter Turchin is the son of Valentin Fiodorovitch

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Is this Britain's first SAT NAV? 4000-year-old rock art 'directed lost ... - Daily Mail

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The small wells are thought to have acted as markers for geographical features in the surrounding landscape to help people regain their bearings.
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Native American's 'journey' and how they survived the last Ice Age - HeritageDaily

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HeritageDaily Native American's 'journey' and how they survived the last Ice Age HeritageDaily Professor Scott Elias, from the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway said: “This work fills in a 10,000-year missing link in the story of the...
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Geography and Early Greece

In which Mr. Corwin describes the Geography of Greece and how it influenced the cultures that lived there. He also discusses the Minoans and Mycenaeans and r...
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Jordan is full of ancient wonders but nothing can beat Petra's beauty - Daily Mail

Jordan is full of ancient wonders but nothing can beat Petra's beauty - Daily Mail | Ancient Geography | Scoop.it
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'Half as old as time': The Treasury in Petra, carved out of the rose-coloured rock.
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Shards of the past point to Kollam port's glory days - The Hindu

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The Hindu Shards of the past point to Kollam port's glory days The Hindu Despite little archaeological evidence in hand, it was claimed by historians that Kollam used to be a flourishing port city of yore where ships from ancient empires used to...
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Video -- Tombs of Ancient Egypt -- National Geographic

They built the pyramids as tombs for their pharaohs, but the ancient Egyptians weren't obsessed with death...they were in love with life.
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Discovery in German forest prompts talk of legendary Nibelung treasure - The Globe and Mail

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Discovery in German forest prompts talk of legendary Nibelung treasure The Globe and Mail The widely publicized incident in 2011 in which Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin pulled up ancient Greek jug fragments from the seabed on a diving...
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Ruins of Shang Dynasty's structure unearthed in Shaanxi - People's Daily Online

Ruins of Shang Dynasty's structure unearthed in Shaanxi
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Chinese archaeologists unearthed ruins of a huge ancient construction with double corridors in Qingjian county, Shaanxi province in 2013.
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Dispatches From Turtle Island: The First Great Post-Neolithic ...

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There are some indications that this may be a case of primitive early Neolithic farming techniques leading to a boom-bust cycle as fertile land is depleted that moved like an echoing wave following the initial wave of the Neolithic.
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Evidence that even recessions were afflicting our early ancestor.

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Virgin Sacrifice and the Meaning of the Parthenon - Daily Beast

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Neolithic humans lived in the caves pocking its slopes, and by around 1400 BCE a fortified palace was built atop the Acropolis.
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Bunnies Unearth a Stone Age Goldmine - Guardian Liberty Voice

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The archaeological community is planning a dig as soon as possible, they think they may find a Neolithic graveyard as well as an Iron Age hill fort and Bronze Age burial mounds. The site, with its impressive outlook, could ...
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Mammals helping mammals discover our roots by digging in the roots.

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First hemp-weaved fabric in the World found wrapped around baby in 9,000-year-old house

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Latest excavation work in the ancient city of Çatalhöyük in Turkey has revealed the world’s first hemp-weaved fabric, which was found wrapped around a baby skeleton in the ground of a burned hou (First hemp-weaved fabric in the World found wrapped...
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Hemp evidence? It says they inhaled the smoke from the seeds. Smoking pot 9000 years ago? No wonder they didn't last long.

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The Case of the Missing Human Ancestor - National Geographic ...

In the back of the cave is a small side chamber, and it was there that a young Russian archaeologist named Alexander Tsybankov was digging one day in July 2008, in deposits believed to be 30,000 to 50,000 years old, when he came upon a tiny piece...
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Magical Jerusalem: A land of contrast. A land of diversity. A land of beauty. - Hamilton Spectator

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Magical Jerusalem: A land of contrast. A land of diversity. A land of beauty.
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And the stones on the tombs represent an ancient tradition. They designate the number of people who have stopped to pay their respects to the deceased.
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The Remnants of Prehistoric Plant Pollen Reveal that Humans Shaped Forests ... - Smithsonian

The Remnants of Prehistoric Plant Pollen Reveal that Humans Shaped Forests ...
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This kind of research is about more than glimpsing ancient ways of life. It could also present powerful information for people who live in these forests today.
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So, we have had our hands in more than we know.

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New Dam in Turkey Threatens to Flood Ancient City and Archaeological Sites

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Tigris River Dam puts wildlife and culture at risk in Turkey and Iraq, especially the city of Hasankeyf, critics say.
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How Stupidity Endangered A 5000-Year Old World Heritage Site - Carbonated.tv

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How Stupidity Endangered A 5000-Year Old World Heritage Site
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An almost 5000-year old world heritage site – already threatened with decay by exposure to harsh climatic conditions – could be on the verge of becoming an endangered site.
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Göbekli Tepe & The domestication of wheat

Short educational episode from part 3 The Challenger of the BBC documentary How to Grow a Planet. The domestication of wheat started near Göbekli Tepe. In th...
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An Ancient Site in Australia’s Outback

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The Ngunnhu fish traps in New South Wales show the ingenuity of Australia's first people.
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Fish traps of 40,000 years ago? Maybe some rethinking of the Neolithic period is warranted 

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The Vikings' Bad Boy Reputation Is Back With a Vengeance - Smithsonian

The Vikings' Bad Boy Reputation Is Back With a Vengeance
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Here at the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, Jerso and his fellow Viking re-enactors sing ancient ballads, exchange oaths and rampage (politely), weapons glinting.
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Sailing the Nile akin to wading through Egypt's history, says author Toby ... - The National

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Danish Neolithic period axe worked around stone inclusions like

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“Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open ... Danish Neolithic period axe worked around stone inclusions like "pair of eyes". Neolithic stone axe from near Silkeborg, Denmark. 22,3 CM, Weight 1127 ...
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Digging into Malta's prehistoric past - Times of Malta

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Digging into Malta's prehistoric past
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The five-year research project will be led by Caroline Malone, from Queen's School of Geography, who is hoping to uncover a wealth of new information.
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Three different ancient buildings from three different parts of the world, yet they look exactly the same.

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Frontiers of Anthropology: Old Copper Complex and Ancient ...

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A widely used textbook(Ancient Native Americans) by the former President of the Society for American Archaeology, Dr. Jesse Jennings, includes a long chapter by the diffusionist scholar Stephen Jett (a retired Department Chairman ...
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