The Collapse of Cultures at the End of the Late Bronze Age in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean: New Developments and Continuing Questions

Mediterranean Resilience - Collapse and Adaptation in Antique Maritime Societies - Assaf Yasur-Landau

Eric Cline [+-]
The George Washington University
Eric H. Cline, Ph.D., is the former Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and current Director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University. A National Geographic Explorer, NEH Public Scholar, and Fulbright scholar with degrees from Dartmouth, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania, he is an active field archaeologist with more than 30 seasons of excavation and survey experience in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Crete, and the United States. He is the author or editor of 20 books, translations of which have appeared in nineteen different languages.

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In order to put some of the other papers within this workshop into context, this paper presents a brief and rapid overview of the events that took place at the end of the Late Bronze Age in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean. However, in an effort to bring things up to date, it also includes a summation of some of the additional work that has been done recently, including new scientific work involving ancient pollen in Syria, Israel, Egypt, and Cyprus; isotopic signatures and other indicators from lake sediments in Turkey, Syria, and possibly Iran; oxygen isotope studies from stalagmites and mineral deposits within caves in Greece and Israel; and other relevant studies. It concludes with a brief look at several questions about the human element to the Collapse that still remain to be answered, including whether they were aware that the entire world system as they knew it was coming to an end.

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Cline, Eric. The Collapse of Cultures at the End of the Late Bronze Age in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean: New Developments and Continuing Questions. Mediterranean Resilience - Collapse and Adaptation in Antique Maritime Societies. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Mar 2022. ISBN 9780000000000. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=41504. Date accessed: 13 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41504. Mar 2022

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