Third Millennium BC Climate Change and Old World Collapse

Volume 49 of the series NATO ASI Series pp 193-243

Climate and the Eclipse of the Ancient Cities of the Indus

  • Gregory L. PossehlAffiliated withThe University of Pennsylvania Museum

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No great amount of systematic, scientific research has been conducted on the mid and late Holocene climate of the Indian Subcontinent, but there is a growing body of data that can be brought to the attention of the non-specialist. This work will be reviewed here, along with a short history of ideas concerning the eclipse of the ancient cities of the Indus, the chronology for this period of change. It will conclude with thoughts on the current state of knowledge concerning the “end of the ancient cities of the Indus.”