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Guy D Middleton
Visiting Fellow, Newcastle University

Guy Middleton is a visiting fellow at Newcastle University in the school of history, classics and Archaeology. His latest book is Understanding Collapse: Ancient History and Modern Myths (2017). 

Written by Guy D Middleton

Essay/
History
Do civilisations collapse?

The idea that the Maya or Easter Islanders experienced an apocalyptic end makes for good television but bad archaeology

Guy D Middleton