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Drought that destroyed a civilisation

Drought that destroyed a civilisation
trefwoorden: Egypte - EthiopiŽ - oude koninkrijk - droogte
It is one of history's biggest mysteries and has confounded experts for hundreds of years.
But a team of scientists believe they have discovered why the world's first great civilisation, established in Egypt nearly 5000 years ago, crumbled and plunged into a dark age that lasted for more than 1000 years.
The researchers, including one academic from St Andrews University, have produced new evidence linking the demise of the Egyptian Old Kingdom with decades of drought after a study of layers of sediment at the source of the Blue Nile at Lake Tana in northern Ethiopia.

Lees verder bij: The Herald (11 november 2003)