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Ice cores and tree-rings give a new slant on the great plagues of history

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Historians have had to look at major happenings in the past through the filter of human recording. Now completely independent ice-core and tree-ring records are allowing us to explore some of the key events of history in new ways. They are also suggesting an environmental context for some major events – such as the Justinian Plague of the AD 540s and the Black Death of the 1340s. Up to now the “Environment” has not featured strongly in considerations of the human past; these new scientific records suggest that it may well feature in future studies.

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