A new study of sediments in Lake Tana (published in Global and Planetary Change and reported on the Archaeology News Network) indicates a period of major drought and low Nile floods around 2200BC coinciding with the ...
A new study combining the latest archaeological evidence with state-of-the-art geoscience technologies provides evidence that climate change was a key ingredient in the collapse of the great Indus or Harappan Civilization almost 4000 years ago. The study also resolves a long-standing debate over the source and fate of the Sarasvati, the sacred river of Hindu mythology.
As ancient civilizations across the Middle East collapsed, possibly in response to a global drought some 4,200 years ago, archaeologists have discovered that one settlement in Syria not only survived but expanded.
This article talks about how the fall of the ancient civilizations but a new discovery was made. There was a civilization that had survived and prospered in Syria. The crazy part is that the city expanded and survived while other cities in the middle east had fallen.
Explore the fall of civilizations through four examples: the ancient Maya, Mesopotamia, the Anasazi, and the medieval African empires of Mali and Songhai. Learn about important concepts in archeology such as interpreting evidence and dating artifacts. In a web-based activity, search for clues to what happened at the Maya center of Copan.
This article says that the fall of Mesopotamia was due to a lack of water for their crops. This theory could be very possible since the land today is dry. With a lack of a water supply people would have not been able to survive therefore the kingdom came to an end.
This article talks about the possibility of earthquakes being the reason behind the collapse of ancient civilizations. I found this theory very interesting because I did not know there are earthquake faults in the middle east.
The Harappans may be the most advanced ancient civilization that most Westerners have never heard of. They flourished in the Indus River basin on the Indian subcontinent around the same time the Egyptians were building ...
What caused the Mayan empire, one of the most advanced civilizations of the ancient world, to collapse after six centuries? Two new studies blame human impacts on the environment.
Researchers have long known that drought was one major reason the Mayan civilization could not survive. As rainfall decreased, farmers could no longer grow needed food. A study published this week in Geophysical Research Letters suggests that the drought may have been worse because of deforestation. As Mayans chopped down jungle canopy to plant crops and build cities, that likely caused a significant portion of the drying.
The researchers used climate modeling to examine how the switch from forest to cropland would have affected rainfall. As crops were planted, less water transferred from the soil to the atmosphere. The study found that deforestation may have caused as much as 60 percent of the drought.
A cold, dry spell that lasted hundreds of years may have driven the collapse of Eastern Mediterranean civilizations [...] (Climate change seen behind ancient civilizations’ fall: A cold, dry spell that lasted hundreds of years may ha...
This article suggests that the fall of the empire was due to there being a new religion in the kingdom. This could be a possibility because e people are not fawn of change. Especially a change as big as religion would upset many people and make there rebel.
In this article the author suggests that the fall of the Romans began internally when the kingdom became larger and larger. This could be true because with power comes consequences. I am almost positive that the people of the kingdom did not enjoy being controlled.
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