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Climate Change and the fall of the Pyramid Age of Egypt

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Duration: 0:11:24 | Added: 11 Jun 2015
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Duration: 0:11:24 | Added: 11 Jun 2015
Is Climate Change responsible for the downfall of the Pyramid Age of Egypt

Recent palaeoenvironmental evidence suggests that northeast Africa and southwest Asia were struck by an intense 'mega-drought' around the year 2200 BC. The event has already been blamed for the collapse of complex societies in Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley. I am trying to radiocarbon date both the drought event, at the headwaters of the Nile, and the collapse of the Pyramid Age of Egypt. Ultimately, I am hoping to determine whether Climate Change may have been responsible for the downfall of the state.

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