Vintage DHP Ep. 0027: The Collapse of Bronze Age Civilizations, Part 1

Published on Apr 3, 2020

[Note: This episode was originally produced in September 2014, normally resides in the 'Vintage DHP' collection available only to show supporters, but is being shared -- along with the rest of this mini-series -- on the pubic podcast feed for a limited time.]

Over a thousand years before Christ, an even more dramatic collapse hit multiple Bronze Age civilizations in the Eastern Mediterranean over the course of a relatively short window of time, causing significant decline in some kingdoms, and genuine collapse followed by Dark Ages in others.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • A brief discussion of the survivalist/prepper concepts of SHTF and TEOTWAWKI, which obviously have some relevance to this story
  • An overview of the Late Bronze Age world in the Eastern Mediterranean, including some of the important civilizations and kingdoms
  • A sketch of the degree of trade, prosperity, interconnectedness in the late Bronze Age
  • Evidence of the widespread collapse that hit mostly between 1200 and 1150 BC, including destroyed cities, a few written records of attacks, and evidence that residents of some thriving coastal cities retreated to small villages in remote, rugged terrain, presumably for protection from something

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