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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