Abstract: The End of Egypt's Pyramid Age from Space

Lecturer: Sarah Parcak

How Egypt’s Old Kingdom Period ended is a subject of great debate for Egyptian Archaeology. Scholars have argued for social, political, economic, and to a far less extent, environmental factors.  This paper will describe how the author’s satellite remote sensing and ground survey research in Egypt’s East Delta has led her to believe that a global climate change phenomenon was one of the primary reasons the great pyramid age of Egypt ended, ushering in a time period of social and political collapse. This work has been featured on the Discovery Channel’s “Why Ancient Egypt Failed.”

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Mark Aldenderfer is Dean and Professor at the University of California at Merced, and holds his degrees from Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D.) and Wake Forest University.  His areas of... Read More

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