Joseph Manning Lecture: Volcanoes, The Nile, and the End of Ancient Egypt
October 30 @ 7:00 pm
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
at 7:00 pm in 100 Donald P. Corbett Bldg, University of Maine, Orono
Manning will present recent research that integrates Paleoclimatology and Hellenistic history with a particular focus on Ptolemaic Egypt. His lecture will center on recent work that connects explosive volcanic eruptions and the impact of these volcanic eruptions on Nile river flow. Prof. Manning observed that explosive volcanic eruptions resulted in a reduction in global precipitation. This was particularly dramatic in the case of the African monsoon that drove the annual flood of the Nile. Prof. Manning and his colleagues demonstrated the connection between these volcanic eruptions and Nile flood suppression and how these events resulted in social unrest in Ptolemaic Egypt.
Hudson Museum, Anthropology Department, Climate Change Institute, and the Gradute School.