• Roman rise and fall ‘recorded in trees’

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    Tree growth rings (Image: Science Photo Library) The study offers a link between changes to the climate and the rise and fall of human societies

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    An extensive study of tree growth rings says there could be a link between the rise and fall of past civilisations and sudden shifts in Europe’s climate.

    A team of researchers based their findings on data from 9,000 wooden artifacts from the past 2,500 years.

    They found that periods of warm, wet summers coincided with prosperity, while political turmoil occurred during times of climate instability.

     

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