PUBLISHED: 11:15, Fri, Oct 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:15, Fri, Oct 30, 2020
An examination of two periods of climate change, between 4,500 years ago and 3,000 years ago, in the Middle East shows populations actually flourished during periods of weird weather. Scientists knew of a period of drastic climate change within this era, but now have been able to nail down exact dates.
As a result, the team saw populations actually flourished during a "megadrought" and it did not hamper the ability to grow crops too much in some areas.
While civilisations in the region known historically as the Levant, which stretches the length of the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea, collapsed, others thrived.
Tim Harrison, professor and chair of the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto (UoT), said: "The study shows the end of the Early Bronze Age occupation at Tayinat was a long and drawn out affair that, while it appears to coincide with the onset of a megadrought 4,200 years ago, was actually the culmination of processes that began much earlier.
"The archaeological evidence does not point towards significant local effects of the climate episode, as there is no evidence of drought stress in crops.
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