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Bronze Age Civilizations and a Fascination with Archaeology

I’ve always had a fascination with archaeology and ancient civilizations, and hopefully I’m not alone!  It’s a subject area that I enjoy reading about, and there’s always something to learn. Do you also have a fascination with the past? Are there any time periods that especially interest you? Today, let’s have a quick look at the Bronze Age.

In an ever-more interconnected world, what lessons can we learn from the past? I recently re-read Eric H.  Cline’s 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, which examines why a number of civilizations collapsed in the Late Bronze Age using archaeological research. One thing is clear – the interconnectedness of these civilizations meant that if one of them experienced natural disasters, warfare, or another factor that negatively affected them, then others would also become affected. Cline provides interesting information about these societies, based on current research, and includes the Egyptians, Hittites, Mycenaeans, Assyrians, and others, who interacted and relied upon one another.

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