Mega-Structures of Ukraine’s Trypillia Culture Served as Community Centers

Mega-structures of the Trypillia culture, which was part of the larger Cucuteni-Trypillia culture, were public buildings that served a variety of economic and political purposes, according to new research by archaeologists from Germany and Ukraine. Between 4100-3600 BCE, ‘giant-settlements’ with thousands of buildings arranged in a very specific layout emerged in a concentrated area in the […]

Massive Volcanic Eruptions Linked to Revolts in Ptolemaic Egypt

A Yale University-led study suggests that abrupt shifts in climate caused by massive volcanic eruptions helped to trigger poorly understood revolts — such as the great 20-year Theban revolt — and other political upheaval in Ptolemaic Egypt. Around 245 BC Ptolemy III, ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom in Egypt, made a decision that still puzzles many historians — after […]