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Dramatic Kinneret Discovery: Climate Crisis Ruined Ancient Empires

If the effects of “global warming” today are going to be anything like those of the 3,200-year-old drought and cold wave that, according to research in the Kinneret, existed in the Middle East, watch out.
Researchers of the Kinneret have concluded that a climate crisis 3,200 years ago brought about the collapse of regional empires.

Researchers of the Kinneret have concluded that a climate crisis 3,200 years ago brought about the collapse of regional empires.
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These groups, including the Sea Peoples known from the texts of the period, moved by land and sea, assaulted cities and disrupted trade routes. All this caused a severe economic crisis which developed from north to south and reached Canaan. “It was an all-out war on dwindling resources,” says Ben-Dor Evian.

The study shows that the dry period ended around 1100 BCE and was followed by a wet period that helped many of the uprooted groups to settle down, especially in the hilly areas of Canaan and Syria. A century or two later these groups established the territorial kingdoms of the Iron Age, among them Israel and Judah.

The results of the researcher’s study appeared in a university journal Tuesday and will be published elsewhere soon .

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3 Responses to “Dramatic Kinneret Discovery: Climate Crisis Ruined Ancient Empires”

  1. Steve Brown says:

    It was their use of polluting SUVs that caused these ancient empires to crumble.

    Will we never learn ?

  2. Mike Beckett says:

    Sound more like the climate change during Ahab and Jezebel to me. Wish chronologists would get their archeological finding aligned correctly. Thank God we have got Velikovski, Courville, and Ages of Darkness to point to a corrected chronology for this period of ancient history. I think they were conservative in their adjustments to this period of findings.

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