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Climate change seen behind ancient civilizations’ fall

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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...

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Ricardo Salazar's curator insight, April 11, 2014 6:48 PM

I though this was very interesting because i can connect it with todays lecture .Professor Kaatz was saying that the climate in The part where Israel is now was different. It was much cooler and it rain more and now it is all dessert. In this article it also talks about that can be one of the key factors for some civilization to fall. 

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Annenberg Media Exhibits: Collapse

Explore the fall of civilizations through four examples: the ancient Maya, Mesopotamia, the Anasazi, and the medieval African empires of Mali and Songhai.

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Amun-Ra Egyptology Blog: The Fall of the Egyptian Old Kingdom

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Nothing prepared Egypt for the eclipse of royal power and poverty that came after Pepy II (Neferkare). He had ruled for more than 90 years (2246 - 2152 BC) as the fourth king of the 6th Dynasty of the Old Kingdom.

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Power from a centralized government and divine ruler shifted to those with regional power. These regional government treated their governance as their own property.

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Hector Chavez Gutierrez's curator insight, April 11, 2014 10:56 PM

The wealthy men who had power had no empathy towards peasants. When anarchy erupted they were the men first to be killed since the anger of the villagers was directed towards them.  

Kelcey Hein's curator insight, April 19, 2014 2:03 AM

A very educational article written by Fekri Hassan, an expert on the fall of the Old Kingdom

Esmeralda Garcia's curator insight, May 7, 2014 3:34 PM

The death of king Pepe II was also a factor that led to the collapse of the old kingdom there was no one king there were many rulers aka governors. The invasion of the Asiatics was also said to be a factor that led to the fall of the old kingdom.

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Collapse: Mesopotamia

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.

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David Arrieta's curator insight, April 11, 2014 5:21 PM

After reading this article, it contributed to my knowledge of the Mesopotamian Empire. There were multiple reasons as to why Mesopotamia collapsed; most people assume that it was because of their loss in a war, but that was only a piece. Irrigation was a major part of the Mesopotamian lifestyle, it helped it become one of the strongest empires of its time, but it was part of its down fall. During the Winter and Sprig months flooding would occur and flow into the crops, and would soon evaporate leaving its rich salt like nutrients. So much of the minerals had been left soaked up by the soil that I eventually made the fresh fertile soil poisonous thus not being able to farm in the area.  

vanessa ortiz's curator insight, April 19, 2014 10:05 PM

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.

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300-Year Drought Was Downfall of Ancient Greece

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A 300-year drought may have caused the fall of the great Mediterranean civilizations, including ancient Greece and the Hittite Empire, during the late Bronze Age, new research suggests.

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Even before classical Greece the Greeks were well sophisticated and had established a Hittite Empire that mysteriously collapsed. Scientists now suggest that the fall of the ancient Greek civilization could have been caused by a 300-year drought.

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David Arrieta's curator insight, April 18, 2014 5:18 PM

From the intro the author is giving a brief history as to the theories of how the this empire fell. Then it gets into how an archeologist (David Kaniewski) had recently found some ancient sediments that indicated that it was indeed a drought that dissolved this great empire. Due to the drought crop failure began to occur thus creating a mass migration.