Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Video: "Ancient Apocalypse Death on the Nile"


This video concerns the collapse of the Egyptian Old Kingdom (c. 2686 BC–c. 2181 BC), the first of the great Egyptian civilizations. Although it is accepted, based on the archaeological evidence, that the Old Kingdom's demise was accompanied by civil war and a fragmentation of the country (echoes of Tainter's thesis in his book, The Collapse of Complex Societies (PDF)), this program is about evidence indicating that the collapse was caused (or helped along) by a catastrophic change in climate: a period of global cooling that caused a severe drought between 2200 and 2150 BC with the resultant famine. Egypt then entered a "dark age".

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