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Dear Visitor,

This website is about the late prehistory of the Middle East and its surroundings 5,300 years ago. How do I know about that period? I invested over 30,000 hours in researching and writing a series of six novels set in that time and place. And several thousand more since starting the blog on this web site.

I’m sharing in this website’s blog what I learned in researching those novels about man’s activities since the ice started melting 20,000 years ago, and I’m digging deeper for my next novel, which will be a prequel based on this recent research.

You can benefit from this site in several ways:

Starting with the first post in the blog, you’ll gain insight into scientific data regarding real climate change. Global warming and cooling have been cyclical every 100,000 years for at least the last half million years. Scientific data shows the temperature of our current warming cycle peaked 8,000 years ago and has been cooling since. Moreover, today’s world is not as warm as it was in 3 of the past 5 cyclical warming peaks between the ice ages. And lastly, you’ll understand that temperatures are volatile, with wide swings–not stability–shown in every long-term temperature proxy data set.

You’ll understand how melting glaciers: created cataclysmic fresh water floods worldwide, raised sea levels 400 feet above coastal lowlands and valleys such as under the Persian Gulf and Black Sea (and the English Channel), recreated a rain cycle turning former deserts into savannas and arable land in much of what had been and is now again the Sahara Desert, Saudi Arabia’s Empty Quarter, the Indus Valley, and Mesopotamia.

You’ll see how man took advantage of our current global warming cycle to develop agriculture and produce excess crops, thus freeing up other men for creative activities. This led to a proliferation of labor saving inventions, freeing up more time and enabling rapid progress in man’s ability to stabilize his living conditions. Capping these improvements was the invention of written language and recorded history.

Finally, you’ll come to understand the formation and interaction of many ancient cultures in Mesopotamia, the Steppes, Levant, Egypt, Indus Valley, and the coast-lands of the Arabian and Red Seas.

Explore the site, including the tabs and drop-downs. The easy way to find any keyword is to use the Search bar. To see a list of all posts through #126, click Posts Index at the top of the page. The easiest way to get to a specific post is to copy it from the Posts Index and put it in the Search Bar. The archives are organized by month at the bottom of the right column on each page.

Please do comment as you feel led. The only bad question is the one left unasked.

Thanks for visiting,


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