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MAES July Online Meeting Eric Cline - Egypt & Late Bronze Age Collapse

MAES July Online Meeting Eric Cline - Egypt & Late Bronze Age Collapse

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Date(s) - 07/12/2021
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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An extra July lecture from the Manchester AE Society – all welcome!

Eric Cline: 1177 BC – 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 Collapse, and its aftermath have become available, including for Egypt. The new information includes additional texts from Ugarit in north Syria; 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 Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Iran, all pointing ever more conclusively to the occurrence of a megadrought that impacted much of the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean beginning ca. 1200 BC and lasting between 150 and 300 years. The notion is inescapable that we would do well to heed what happened to the flourishing kingdoms of the Aegean, Egypt, and the Eastern Mediterranean during the Collapse at the end of the Bronze Age, 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.

Since 2014, when the first edition of 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed appeared, more data relevant to the potential causes of the Collapse have become available. The new information includes additional texts from Ugarit in north Syria; 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 pointing ever more conclusively to the occurrence of a megadrought that impacted much of the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean beginning ca. 1200 BC and lasting between 150 and 300 years. The notion is inescapable that we would do well to heed what happened to the flourishing kingdoms of the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean during the Collapse at the end of the Bronze Age, 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.

 

The Manchester Ancient Egypt Society welcomes everyone with an interest in ancient Egyptian history. The oldest and largest Egyptology society in the UK, we organise an annual programme of lectures from visiting Egyptology professionals, as well as conferences, study days and regular trips to Egyptology collections in the UK and further afield. You can find out more about our activities on our website, meet some of our members, download the latest lecture programme and get details about how to join us. www.maesweb.org.uk

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