Third Millennium BC Climate Change and Old World Collapse

  • H. Nüzhet Dalfes
  • George Kukla
  • Harvey Weiss

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 49)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Sturt W. Manning
    Pages 149-171
  3. Nicole Petite-Maire, L. Beufort, N. Page
    Pages 297-308
  4. Neil Roberts, Warren J. Eastwood, Henry F. Lamb, John C. Tibby
    Pages 409-429
  5. C. Kuzucuoğlu, M. Karabiyikoğlu, M. Fontugne, J-F. Pastre, T. Ercan
    Pages 451-463
  6. Ilhem Bentaleb, Claude Caratini, Michel Fontugne, Marie Thérèse Morzadec-Kerfourn, Jean Pierre Pascal, Colette Tissot
    Pages 475-488
  7. Rhodes Fairbridge, Oğuz Erol, Mehmet Karaca, Yücel Yilmaz
    Pages 595-610
  8. Isabelle Reynaud-Farrera
    Pages 641-652
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 725-731

About these proceedings


Around 4000 years ago the advanced urban civilizations in Egypt, Mesopotamia and India suddenly collapsed. What happened? Did a prolonged drought cause the breakdown of social order? Recent discoveries from all over the world strongly support the suspected link of the collapse with climate. The volume presents the findings of more than 40 researchers and provides a review on the relevant information. It appears that a major shift of the precipitation pattern affected many parts of the world at approximately the same time, with disastrous effects on the nomadic populations of Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. Can a similar climate shift with a serious adverse impact on society happen again? In a world facing global warming, there could be many lessons to be learned from the experiences of ancient societies.


Archäologie Geschichte Global warming Klimaveränderung Paläoklimatologie Precipitation archeology climate change history paleoclimatology social collapse sozialer Zusammenbruch

Editors and affiliations

  • H. Nüzhet Dalfes
    • 1
  • George Kukla
    • 2
  • Harvey Weiss
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GeologyIstanbul Technical UniversityAyazağa, IstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Lamont Doherty Earth ObservatoryColumbia UniversityPalisadesUSA
  3. 3.Departments of Anthropology and New Eastern Languages and CivilizationsYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-64476-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-60616-8
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