Reflections on Mysterious Bronze Age Collapse eBook Project

Map showing the Bronze Age collapse (conflicts and movements of people)
Image by Finn Bjørklid (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (
Strangely, the first thing that popped into my mind when we received the document based lesson assignment was to create a lesson about what historians do when the written records are lost or missing.

I also decided that, as this would eventually lead to writing a chapter in an ebook, to write the chapter that is missing from my students’ textbook–the collapse of literacy and civilizations in the Eastern Mediterranean at the end of the Bronze Age in roughly 1200 B.C.E.

I had a wonderful time with this project and I learned new skills for both apple and google applications. I also took a chance and e-mailed Dr. Eric Cline–an expert on the late Bronze Age. He put me in contact with other people and opportunities related to this topic. It was a good reminder that academics are collaborative and supportive; in future, I will continue to reach out to experts and resources that can enrich my students’ learning.

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