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1,500-Year-Old Pile of Trash Reveals a Civilization’s Overnight Collapse

The proportion of grape pips to grain seeds in a 1,500-year-old trash pile reveals an almost overnight collapse of the ancient Negev Desert economies (SW Israel) — a violent volcanic eruption and the associated drop in temperature are to blame.

PhD student Daniel Fuks discovered that the ratio between grapes and grains provided evidence of a significant economic downturn on the fringe of the sixth century Byzantine Empire — Fuks found that civilizations shifted from thriving to falling “almost overnight”.

When faced with disaster, farmers would plant fewer grapevines and more grains as they switch from cash crops to subsistence crops. And that is exactly what Fuks found in his study of nearly 10,000 seeds of grape, wheat and barley from 11 trash mounds across the Negev desert.

10,000 grape seeds, barley grains and wheat grains were retrieved and counted from 11 trash mounds at three sites in the Negev. [Daniel Fuks]

The factor that kicked-off the disaster is one we should all be preparing for today: an enormous volcanic eruption began a record-cold era during the middle of the sixth century. Thick ash filled the global sky, and lingered in the stratosphere for years. The ambient temperature decreased by some 1.5C to 2.5C globally, contributing to that decade (the 530s) being the coldest for the last 2.3 millennia. Continents experienced unseasonable snowfall during this time, crops died, and many many millions starved to death.

“Imagine you’re an ancient farmer with a plot of land to feed your family,” explains Fuks. “On most of it, you plant cereals like wheat and barley because that’s how you get your bread. On a smaller part, you plant a vineyard and other crops like legumes, vegetables and fruit trees, for your family’s needs.

“But one day you realize that you could sell the excellent wine you produce, for export, and earn enough cash to buy bread and a bit more. Little by little you expand your vineyard and move from subsistence farming to commercial viticulture.

“If we look at your trash and count the seeds, we’ll discover a rise in the proportion of grape pips relative to cereal grains. And that’s exactly what we discovered — a significant rise in the ratio of grape pips to cereal grains between the fourth century CE and the mid-sixth century. Then suddenly, it declines.”

The ancient town of Shivta, SW Israel, with its southern church in the center. [Guy Bar-Oz/University of Haifa]

The climate is the reason for this sudden decline.

We should heed the warning, today.

Volcanic eruptions are one of the key forcings driving Earth into its next bout of global cooling. Today’s worldwide volcanic uptick is tied to low solar activity, coronal holes, a waning magnetosphere, and the influx of Cosmic Rays penetrating silica-rich magma. In fact, ALL of the powerful, climate-altering volcanic eruptions of the past have been linked to low solar activity. Worryingly for us modern humans, the Sun is currently going through its deepest solar minimum of the past 100+ years and, looking forward, NASA has revealed the next cycle (25) will likely be “the weakest of the past 200 years” — a return to Dalton Minimum conditionsa return to the eruption of Mt. Tambora in 1815 which led to the disastrous “year without a summer” in 1816.

The western world transitioned to growing grapes a long time ago — we ditched those subsistence crops in return for cash and materialistic nonsense, and in the process lost all the skills required to provide for ourselves. During the next round of climatic hardship this will prove the downfall of our modern civilization. We’ve allowed ourselves to become useless zoo animals reliant on handouts to survive, and once released into the wild to fend for ourselves (once the supermarket shelves run empty), most of us will be dead within a month.

Earth’s climate isn’t a game, it isn’t a tool to be used in the implementation of any political agenda. History tells us it should be respected — for while it can deliver prosperity during times of warmth (Grand Solar Maximums), it will bring misery, suffering, and famine in times of cold (Grand Solar Minimums).

Unfortunately, the COLD TIMES appear to be returning, the next Grand Solar Minimum cycle is due, in line with historically low solar activity, powerful volcanic eruptionscloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow.

Prepare accordingly — learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.

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