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Revelations On Ancient Civilization Collapse Should Terrify You

A study published Wednesday details the chilling features of the collapse of ancient civilizations and reveals how human populations are prone to rapid decline.

Northern European civilization underwent a period of great decline between 5300 and 4900 BC. according to The underlying causes of the collapse are debated, but the latest research suggests that: Plague Yersinia pestis A bacterium that has killed at least six generations of farmers across Scandinavia.

Researchers conducted a population-wide genomic analysis of 108 Scandinavian Neolithic individuals buried in eight megalithic cemeteries and sarcophagi, and found that at least 17% of the sampled population had a specific plague. The samples came from widely scattered sites, suggesting that the plague swept across the continent, on three occasions over the course of about 120 years.

The researchers pointed out that the 17% figure does not necessarily represent the true prevalence of the pandemic. “The plague detection rate is a measure of disease frequency within a sample population limited to well-preserved individuals buried in tombs and may not be representative of the population as a whole,” they explained. “Furthermore, only a small proportion of plague-positive cases may have been necrotic. [the plague bacteria].”

Another potential contributing factor in this particular example of Neolithic decline is the agricultural crisis, which should concern us all today. (Related: Terrifying study finds fungal disease outbreaks becoming more common among humans)

Sociology was changing rapidly in Neolithic Scandinavia: our ancestors had just gone through a period of rapid population growth. according to According to a study by Cambridge University Press, humanity's first “questionable” agricultural revolution was underway: nomadic societies settled, cultivated the land and worked a repetitive system for survival that, if disrupted, risked rapid decline. (Related: Tucker is right: Western civilization is on the verge of collapse. Have you noticed?)

And that's exactly what seems to have happened. We know that agricultural productivity fell dramatically around the same time that this plague began to spread. It seems like a chicken-and-egg situation. Did the plague cause the decline in food supplies, or vice versa? Maybe it was just a terrible coincidence. Either way, we can avoid a repeat of this today.

Many farmers are already warning Americans of looming food shortages. Here in the West, we have no way to really track food security. If the shelves were suddenly bare, do you know how to get food and water without resorting to scary methods?

And do we really need to mention how devastating a pandemic will be to the normal course of society? (Related: China develops mutated COVID-19 strain with 100% lethality rate)

Given the myriad threats facing humanity as a whole, it's hard to know where to start. Perhaps the easiest place is with our food supply system. Buying local supplies and getting to know our farmers is great, but nothing is better than stockpiling water, food, seeds, medicines, and other provisions.

Upgrading our infrastructure, especially our power grid, would also help. There are plenty of common sense solutions to these recurring problems throughout history. It would be great if our oligarchs started paying attention.

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