Catastrophes During Bronze Age Civilisations:
Archaeological, geological, astronomical and cultural
perspectives.A conference at Fitzwilliam College. Cambridge.
11th -13th July 1997Organised by The Society for Interdisciplinary
Benny Peiser then summarises a survey he has made of around
500 reports of late 3rd millennium BC civilisation collapse
and climate change, which shows a significant clustering around
2300 BC. Most sites in Europe, the Middle East, India and China
where civilisation collapsed at this time show clear signs of
natural disasters and/or rapid abandonment, whilst around the
world there is strong evidence of water-level and vegetation
changes, glacier and desert expansion, seismic activity, floods
and extinctions of animal species. He concludes that only extraterrestrial
bodies acting on terrestrial systems could produce the range
of glaciological, geological and archaeological features reported.