Cultural responses to aridity in the Middle Holocene and increased social complexity

  title={Cultural responses to aridity in the Middle Holocene and increased social complexity},
  author={Nick Brooks},
  journal={Quaternary International},
  • N. Brooks
  • Published 2006
  • Geography
  • Quaternary International
The first complex, highly organised, state-level societies emerged in the Afro-Asiatic monsoon belt and northern South America during the 6th and early 5th millennia BP. This was a period of profound climatic and environmental change in these regions and globally, characterised by a weakening of the global monsoon system and widespread aridification in regions that today contain the bulk of the world’s warm deserts. This paper examines trajectories of socio-cultural and environmental change in… Expand
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