Apocalypse: Earthquakes, Archaeology, and the Wrath of God

Apocalypse: Earthquakes, Archaeology, and the Wrath of God

by Amos Nur, Dawn Burgess
     
 

"An artful and rare combination of deep insight, fascinating evidence, and careful scholarship. This book will be a pleasure for anyone interested in human history and how the physical world works, and a must-have for archaeologists. No other book gives such a brilliant and thorough analysis of what an archaeologist should know about geology. We were delighted with

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"An artful and rare combination of deep insight, fascinating evidence, and careful scholarship. This book will be a pleasure for anyone interested in human history and how the physical world works, and a must-have for archaeologists. No other book gives such a brilliant and thorough analysis of what an archaeologist should know about geology. We were delighted with this book and with how much we enjoyed and learned from it."—Elizabeth Wayland Barber and Paul T. Barber, authors of When They Severed Earth from Sky

"Guided by impeccable science and clues in earth-shaking myths from Bronze Age Troy to ancient Mexico, Nur uncovers rich archaeological and legendary evidence for devastating earthquakes and their impacts on history and civilization. Nur's original study not only measures the cultural aftershocks of seismic catastrophes in antiquity, but presents compelling implications for the future."—Adrienne Mayor, Stanford University

"A well-written, timely, and thought-provoking story. The book is an eye-opener, especially for many archaeologists and classicists who have rarely considered the far-reaching impacts of destructive natural events in their reconstructions of ancient societies. It is controversial, which is exactly what is needed to generate more discussions and cooperation between archaeologists and geologists."—Jelle Zeilinga de Boer, coauthor of Earthquakes in Human History

"Engaging and personal. I thoroughly enjoyed this book."—Christopher Scholz, author of Fieldwork: A Geologist's Memoir of the Kalahari

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691016023
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/24/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
324
Sales rank:
1,437,535
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: King Agamemnon's Capital 11

Chapter 2: How Earthquakes Happen 32

Chapter 3: History, Myth, and the Reliability of the Written Record 65

Chapter 4: Clues to Earthquakes in the Archaeological Record 88

Chapter 5: Under the Rubble: Human Casualties of Earthquakes 141

Chapter 6: Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Destruction That Preserves? 162

Chapter 7: Expanding the Earthquake Record in the Holy Land 186

Chapter 8: Earthquake Storms and the Catastrophic End of the Bronze Age 224

Chapter 9: Rumblings and Revolutions: Political Effects of Earthquakes 246

Chapter 10: Earthquakes and Societal Collapse 272

Glossary 279

References 289

Index 305

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