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Fall of the Pyramid Age of Egypt


An audio by Michael Dee at ‘Teddy Talks’, University of Oxford that discusses the potential role of climate change in the collapse of the ‘pyramid age’ in Egypt. The audio discusses a timeline of the historic Northeast African region and its societies at the beginning of the ‘pyramid age’. Dee then discusses the use and effectiveness of radiocarbon dating to map out the impacts of climate change and the ‘mega-drought’ that potentially led to the fall of the Egyptian, Mesopotamia and Indus Valley civilizations.

Students will learn about the history and fall of the Egyptian Civilization. They will also learn about the debate on whether the collapse was caused by climate change or inefficient governance. Students will also learn about the various environmental events in neighbouring regions that potentially affected ancient Egypt.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is the ‘pyramid age’?
  2. How did the ‘mega-drought’ cause the collapse of the Mesopotamian civilization?
  3. Discuss whether climate change caused the fall of civilization.
About Tool
Tool Name Climate Change and the fall of the Pyramid Age of Egypt
Discipline Humanities, Social Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Heritage Studies, Cultural Studies, History, Historical Studies, Archaeology, Anthropology, Radiocarbon Dating, Egyptian Civilization, Pyramid Age
Climate Topic Climate and Society
Type of tool Audio(11 mins 30 secs)
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Africa, Egypt
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by The University of Oxford Podcasts
Hosted at The University of Oxford
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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