Global warming did not destroy ancient American civilization

Published: Thursday, May 21, 2009, 14:46 [IST]

Washington, May 21 (ANI): In a new research, scientists have determined that global warming did not destroy the ancestral Puebloan civilization in North America.

Dr. Eric Skopec, lead researcher, demonstrates that global warming did not destroy the Ancestral Puebloan civilization.

Although some authors bolster their warnings with historical references, many misrepresent the archeological record.

According to Dr. Skopec, "Much of what popular authors say about the Ancestral Puebloans is incomplete, misleading, and just plain wrong. They get away with it because the general public knows little more than the myth that the Ancestral Puebloans mysteriously disappeared."

In a compact book written for history buffs and vacationers, Dr. Skopec tackles two popular myths.

First, he notes that the Ancestral Puebloans did not disappear. Their descendents are alive and well, and many welcome visitors to their villages and pueblos.

Second, he argues that climate change had some effect on the Ancestral Puebloans, but other factors were at least as important.

The people had managed droughts much more severe than the early 12th century dry period and, Dr. Skopec adds, much of their land could have supported even larger populations.

Their "abandonment" of Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, Canyon de Chelly and other sites was an extension of their normal pattern of migration, he further added. (ANI)

 

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