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Social Resilience to Nuclear Winter

This project will use archaeological and historical information to examine societal resilience to a catastrophic atmospheric event caused by two volcanic eruptions, one in AD 536, the other in AD 540.  The combination created the greatest concentration of atmospheric dust in recorded history, effectively blocking the sun across much of the Northern Hemisphere for up to 18 months.  Temperatures cooled by roughly 1 degree centigrade, creating widespread social disruption.  The project uses this event as a proxy for the expected atmospheric impact of a limited nuclear war in Europe and seeks to identify strategies of resilience by examining those societies that survived, and failed to survive, the A.D. 536 event.

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