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Revisiting the Late Bronze Age Collapse

Since 2014, when the first edition of 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed appeared, more data relevant to the potential causes of the Late Bronze Age Collapse in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean have become available. The new information includes additional texts from Ugarit in north Syria documenting both famine and invaders; DNA analyses of burials found in the Philistine city of Ashkelon; and new studies of lake sediments, stalagmites in caves, and coring from lakes and lagoons in regions stretching from Italy and Greece to Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Iran, all of which suggest that there was an ongoing megadrought. Studying such an ancient catastrophe remains relevant to us today, for we are not as far removed from those days as one might think; the COVID-19 pandemic has just exposed a vulnerability of modern societies to one of the forces of nature and should remind us of the fragility of our own world.

Wednesday, December 13, 12:00 noon ET, 7:00 pm in Greece. Zoom format

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