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Climate change seen behind ancient civilizations’ fall

August 30, 2013

A cold, dry spell that lasted hundreds of years may have driven the collapse of Eastern Mediterranean civilizations in the 13th century BC, AFP reports citing researchers in France. In the Late Bronze Age, powerful kingdoms spanned lands that are now Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, Syria, Turkey, Israel and the Palestinian territories, but they collapsed suddenly around 1200 BC. Archeologists have long debated the reasons behind their fall, often citing economic factors. But in the past few years, more research has come to light indicating that natural factors, including a wintry drought, may have dried up agriculture, caused famine and forced people into war.

Climate change seen behind ancient civilizations’ fall, 2013, Tengri News. Article.

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