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    Late Antique Little Ice Age

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    Old trees reveal Late Antique Little Ice Age (LALIA) around 1,500 years ago

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0208112918.htm

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    A dendroclimatologist and his fellow researchers were able for the first time to precisely reconstruct the summer temperatures in central Asia for the past 2,000 years. This was made possible by new tree-ring measurements from the Altai mountains in Russia. The results complement the climatological history of the European Alps, stretching back 2,500 years, that the research team has published in the past.


    ... Tree-ring widths in old trees reflect the summer climate in any given year in the past. Looking at these, the researchers were particularly struck by a cold phase in the 6th century. It exhibited even lower temperatures, longer duration and larger expanse than the temperature drops in the Little Ice Age (13th to 19th centuries CE). "This was the most dramatic cooling in the Northern Hemisphere in the past 2,000 years," explains Büntgen.

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    In light of this, the researchers refer to the period from 536 to around 660 CE for the first time as the "Late Antique Little Ice Age" (LALIA). This was triggered by three major volcanic eruptions in 536, 540 and 547 CE[1], whose climatic impact was prolonged further by the retardant effect of the oceans and a minimum in solar activity.

    According to the team of naturalists, historians and linguists, this period bore witness to a whole series of social upheavals. After famine, the Justinian plague established itself between 541 and 543 CE, killing millions of people in the centuries that followed and possibly contributing to the decline of the Eastern Roman Empire ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMcB View Post
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    In light of this, the researchers refer to the period from 536 to around 660 CE for the first time as the "Late Antique Little Ice Age" (LALIA). This was triggered by three major volcanic eruptions in 536, 540 and 547 CE[1], whose climatic impact was prolonged further by the retardant effect of the oceans and a minimum in solar activity.

    According to the team of naturalists, historians and linguists, this period bore witness to a whole series of social upheavals. After famine, the Justinian plague established itself between 541 and 543 CE, killing millions of people in the centuries that followed and possibly contributing to the decline of the Eastern Roman Empire ...
    Very interesting. In France, antique culture and urban life survived (although weakened) to the the end of the Western Roman Empire, but in the middle of 6th century it was the ultime decadence with a very barbarism in the social life. The writings of Gregory, bishop of Tours are the witness of the decline of education and social life.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregory_of_Tours

    In France in the second half of 7th century, the archaelogists see the reappearence of the wall base of the houses built in stones,a slight better rural prosperity and little beginning of an organized state (with substantial army) and a cultural (monastic) life during the power of Pepin of Herstal.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepin_of_Herstal
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