Wednesday, July 26, 2006

More re Science feature on Saharan prehistory

Thanks very much to Mark Morgan for pointing out this rather more comprehensive insight into the Science article featuring the work of Stefan Kropelin and Rudolph Kuper in the Western Desert. The two page piece on the National Geographic website describes some of the conclusions about the impacts of climate change on the development of Pharaonic Egypt: "Without rain, rivers, or the ephemeral desert streams known as waddis, vegetation became sparse, and people had to leave the desert or die, Kröpelin says. Members of this skilled human population settled near the Nile River, giving rise to the first pharaonic cultures in Egypt."
See the above page for more.

Also covered on the BBC website at:

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