Death by the Lake: Mortality Crisis in Early Fourteenth-Century Central Asia

  title={Death by the Lake: Mortality Crisis in Early Fourteenth-Century Central Asia},
  author={Philip Slavin},
  journal={Journal of Interdisciplinary History},
  • Philip Slavin
  • Published 1 May 2019
  • Environmental Science
  • Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Our information about the fourteenth-century plague in Central Asia, or indeed anywhere east of the Crimea/Caspian, derives from a close analysis of the epigraphical evidence from three East Syriac (Nestorian) cemeteries not far from Issyk-Kul’ lake in northern Kyrgyzstan. The absence of palaeogenetic data to confirm it could be partially rectified by both textual and palaeoclimatological data. The ratio of mortality rates between “normal” and plague years in the Issyk-Kul’ communities is not… 
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