Posted by Inby from user-2inif0b.dialup.mindspring.com (220.127.116.11) on Saturday, May 07, 2005 at 0:47am :
In Reply to: Mind if I GLOAT?!! :-D posted by Ulla from compression04.oak.mdsg-pacwest.com (18.104.22.168) on Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 9:03pm :
FYI, the May 2 issue of the New Yorker has the second of three articles on global warming and the human response*. The framework for this piece is an account of Sargon's Akkad empire and its subsequent collapse ca. BC 2000, probably due to extended drought and/or climate change.
Harvey Weiss from Yale offers some elaboration and comment.
If you're going to be studying Near Eastern archaeology, you ought to do yourself a favor and find some of Harvey's papers. He puts Near Eastern studies into an environmental science context; goes far beyond the literature/text-based approach common to Near East studies until recent years.
Plus he's a heck of a good archaeologist (and a nice fella!).
Pax sebiscum, young scholar!
* or hostile rejection of that and everything else based on rational thought rather than oil profits, if you're the Commander-in-Thief.
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