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Crisis to Collapse

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Tim Cunningham
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Jan Driessen

Foreword - 50 Shades of Crisis…

Jan Driessen

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Our research group Aegis at the University of Louvain is gradually building up a somewhat morbid reputation. ..After workshops on aspects of destruction, object fragmentation and earthquakes (Driessen 2013 ; Harrell & Driessen 2015 ; Jusseret & Sintubin in press), a two-day workshop ‘Crisis to Collapse: the Archaeology of Social Breakdown’ took place at the UCLouvain in October 2015 of which the present volume is the outcome. Two more - Technology in crisis; Forced Migration - followed. All these form part of a much larger, governmentally funded concerted research action on the big ‘why’ of the 13th c. BC Mediterranean collapse. Traditionally, migrations and pirates have been blamed or, as Eric Cline calls it in his recent book, 1177 BC, a ‘perfect storm’ - a congruence of calamities involving earthquakes, climate change, rebellions, famines, droughts and migrations (Cline 2014). While this scenario leaves everybody happy, it does not fully satisfy anyone nor has it ever been scruti...

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