- Paperback: 277 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse (October 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595121462
- ISBN-13: 978-0595121465
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,451,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Tragic End of the Bronze Age: A Virus Makes History
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About the Author
Tom Slattery has degrees in East Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and English from Central Washington University. He has worked in various research laboratories, some of which included mummy tissue histology. An American who has lived and worked in Europe and Asia, Tom enjoys reading and writing about diverse subjects.
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These don't prohibit a pandemic-based disaster, or indeed a pandemic in conjunction with a disaster, but they point to some continuations of advanced society in the region when others failed, to some of the sources being used being perhaps based on material a thousand or more years older, and to the disaster not radiating as you'd expect from epidemiological theories but being much more complex.
I nonetheless think this book should be considered by people looking at this timeframe (the approximate time the "British Pompeii" site at Must Farm was burned down by attackers) because traditions in primitive cultures can be pretty good. The Australian Aborigines use what can only be called peer review by multiple referees to ensure accuracy and in the absence of reliable data, no conclusion can be drawn about Late Bronze Age Europe teaching methods.
Knowing wrong interpretations can be valuable in this, so even when mistakes are made, you can use them to establish what senses must be wrong by virtue of the contradiction they create. An Ancient Greek method of analysis that works well, if used with care. You can't use false assumptions to prove a false assumption.
We know from DNA, isotope analysis, etc, that physical archaeology is not sufficient. Establishing what is necessary for the picture to be sufficient is the challenge. As an attempt at that, the book is an excellent case study of what works as well as what doesn't. As a case study, it's worth maybe three-quarters of a star more.
Tom Slattery's information is quite broad.
While this is not an academic book, I still find his arguments supporting the smallpox virus theory plausible. This theory should be added to the list that Wikipedia has and I hope that it will be considered by future investigators.