Sea-Floor Dust Shows Drought Felled Akkadian Empire

  title={Sea-Floor Dust Shows Drought Felled Akkadian Empire},
  author={Richard A. Kerr},
  pages={325 - 326}
  • R. Kerr
  • Published 16 January 1998
  • Geology
  • Science
SAN FRANCISCO-- In 1993, a Yale archaeologist proposed that the Akkadian empire--which in 2300 B.C. was the first to subsume independent societies into a single state, only to splinter a century later--was brought low by a wide-ranging, centuries-long drought ( Science , 20 August 1993, p. 985). At the annual fall meeting last month of the American Geophysical Union here, new evidence for this theory was presented from a sediment core retrieved from the bottom of the Gulf of Oman, 1800… 

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