Dating the thera eruption
Throughout our history, most civilizations have either met a slow demise or were wiped out by natural disasters or invasion.
But there are a few societies whose disappearance has scholars truly stumped: One of the first Mesoamerican societies, the Olmec inhabited the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico.
The empire is known to most people as the civilization that built Angkor, Cambodia’s capital city.
The Khmer were an incredibly powerful and wealthy culture who were open to several belief systems including Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism and Theravada Buddhism, which were the empire’s official religions.
Their power also included military might as they fought many wars against the Annamese and Chams. The decline of the Khmer Empire can be attributed to any combination of several factors.
The Nabateans’ wealth was gained by being a major stop on a complex trading network, through which they traded ivory, silk, spices, precious metals, gems, incense, sugar perfume and medicine.
Many Greek myths are centered around Mycenae including the legend of King Agamemnon, who led the Greek forces during the Trojan War.
The Myceaneans were a dominant naval power and used their naval prowess for trade with other nations as well as for military endeavors.
Growing out of the Minoan civilization, the Myceanaeans merged around 1600 BC in southern Greece.
Being spread out over two islands and the southern mainland, the Myceaneans built and invaded many major cities like Mycenae, Tiryns, Pylos, Athens, Thebes, Orchomenus, Iolkos and Knossos.
Archeological evidence proves that their exodus was an organized one that was unrushed, which leads us to believe that they were not driven out of Petra by another culture.