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Megadrought and Collapse: From Early Agriculture to Angkor

Harvey Weiss


This is the first book to treat the major examples of megadrought and societal collapse, from the late Pleistocene end of hunter–gatherer culture and origins of cultivation to the 15th century AD fall of the Khmer Empire capital at Angkor, and ranging from the Near East to South America. Previous enquiries have stressed the possible multiple and internal causes of collapse, such overpopulation, overexploitation of resources, warfare, and poor leadership and decision-making. In contrast, Megadrought and Collapse presents case studies of nine major episodes of societal collapse in which megadrou ... More

Keywords: megadrought, abrupt climate change, societal collapse, Holocene, Paleoclimatology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199329199
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199329199.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harvey Weiss, editor
Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology and Environmental Studies, Yale University

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Front Matter

Chapter 1 12,000–11,700 cal BP

Ofer Bar-Yosef, Miryam Bar-Matthews, and Avner Ayalon

Chapter 5 AD 550–600 Collapse at Teotihuacan

Matthew S. Lachniet and Juan Pablo Bernal-Uruchurtu

Chapter 7 Twelfth Century AD

Lonnie G. Thompson and Alan L. Kolata

Chapter 8 Thirteenth Century AD

David W. Stahle, Dorian J. Burnette, Daniel Griffin, and Edward R. Cook

Chapter 9 Fourteenth to Sixteenth Centuries AD

Roland Fletcher, Brendan M. Buckley, Christophe Pottier, and Shi-Yu Simon Wang

End Matter