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Exodus From Drying Sahara Gave Rise to Pharaohs, Study Says
National Geographic News ^ | July 20, 2006 | Sean Markey (no funky bunch)

Posted on 07/22/2006 6:34:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

The pharaohs of ancient Egypt owed their existence to prehistoric climate change in the eastern Sahara, according to an exhaustive study of archaeological data that bolsters this theory. Starting at about 8500 B.C., researchers say, broad swaths of what are now Egypt, Chad, Libya, and Sudan experienced a "sudden onset of humid conditions." ...The new study, which appears online today on the Science Express Web site, is based on painstaking research that combines new radiocarbon dating of about 500 artifacts from the region with data from past studies. Kröpelin and study co-author Rudolph Kuper also collected geological climate data from countless ancient lakebeds, rain pools, and rivers.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: africa; ancientegypt; climate; climatechange; egypt; godsgravesglyphs; sahara

The Great Sand Sea of Egypt in the eastern Sahara once supported savannahs full of wildlife, lush rain forests, and areas so swampy they were uninhabitable.

A human exodus some 5,000 years ago, as the desert turned increasingly arid, prompted settlements along the Nile River that spawned the first ancient Egyptian civilizations ruled by pharaohs, a new study suggests.
-- Photograph © Science

Exodus From Drying Sahara Gave Rise to Pharaohs, Study Says

1 posted on 07/22/2006 6:34:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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closely related:

Sahara Desert Was Once Lush and Populated
LiveScience | 20 July 2006 | Bjorn Carey
Posted on 07/20/2006 6:55:53 PM EDT by Marius3188
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1669466/posts


2 posted on 07/22/2006 6:35:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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sahara pharaoh climate site:freerepublic.com
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3 posted on 07/22/2006 6:36:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: blam; Ernest_at_the_Beach; FairOpinion; StayAt HomeMother
Just adding this to the GGG catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list. Thanks.
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4 posted on 07/22/2006 6:36:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Exodus From Drying Sahara Gave Rise to Pharaohs

Hey, whatever floats your felucca.

5 posted on 07/22/2006 7:02:06 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SunkenCiv

Here's another related post;

there are still small groves of pre-desertification lower Egypt palm trees

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1644323/posts


6 posted on 07/22/2006 8:01:20 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: JerseyHighlander

Hey, thanks!


7 posted on 07/22/2006 8:43:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Scientists Find Fossil Proof Of Egypt's Ancient Climate
Washington University At St Louis | 2-2-2005 | Tony Fitzpatrick
Posted on 02/03/2005 11:54:52 PM EST by blam
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1335616/posts

Ancient lakes of the Sahara
Innovations Report | Jan 19, 2006 | University of Reading
Posted on 01/21/2006 7:14:03 AM EST by Tyche
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562135/posts


8 posted on 07/22/2006 10:29:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Don't be so quick to run to conclusions. It might not have been natural...what about the mass industry of the Atlanteans? Could they have caused ancient global warming and brought doom on themselves...could this be the wisdom Plato says they were lacking? They needed Al Gore.


9 posted on 07/23/2006 10:28:59 AM PDT by numapompilius
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To: numapompilius

As Plato stated, the disaster which destroyed Atlantis was caused by a shifting of heavenly bodies. :'P


10 posted on 07/23/2006 7:50:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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[singing] everything old is new-hu again...

GREENING DESERT
John Daily
Posted on 09/26/2002 12:49:12 PM EDT by Mike Darancette
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/757786/posts


11 posted on 07/23/2006 11:20:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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