MRBLOCH SALT ARCHIVE

 

A database of collected material relating to salt [NaCl - Sodium Chloride] and its catastrophic influence on Ancient civilizations, its place in curtailing man's development up to the Industrial Revolution, and the historically unexplained behavior of some of today's regimes reflecting on our own lives.

 
The purpose of the SALT Archive is to collect evidence to support the theory that Common Salt and its periodic short supply from the then known natural sources, had catastrophic influence on the development of ancient civilizations.
Traditionally, the study of man has been based on the study of his tools and artifacts, ideas and religion. It has failed to take into account those items essential to man's survival. Such an item is Salt, neglected almost totally by both historians and archaeologists.

The establishment of early settlements, the rise and decay of civilizations, demographic shifts of populations and the development of agriculture, were intimately related to the immediate availability of salt.
Erratic eustatic sea level changes, particularly in the Mediterranean, prevented some of these civilizations from attaining consistent salt supplies from flooding sea shore evaporation pans, causing them to migrate or decay, conquer or succumb.
 
The OSTIA salt bed evaporation complex originally built by the Etruscan kings, for example, was initially Rome's supplier of salt, and its eventual flooding caused Rome to look elsewhere for its salt.
 
The power to control a population's salt supply was power over life and death. It also became decisive in the valuation of its minted means of exchange.    Salt monopoly whether once controlled by benevolent democratic regimes, autocratic fascist regimes or even socialist regimes was the scourge - the triumph - and finally the corroding corruption of all these regimes.
 
Modern Antitrust legislation is only now coming of age and is the only institution with a capability of  rescuing our western regimes - still very imperfect democracies.    The so-called "Silk road" regimes and tribes  from the Levant coast to the Chinese Wall are still locked in the hierarchical militant model that has molded the patriarchal governance of those tribes for thousands of years. Their monopolizing of these mainly salt distribution routes forced them to live off simple protection earnings.  These qualifications have ironically helped them and enabled them to monopolize present day Middle East oil sources.
 
If we in the West wish to "democratize" these peoples ,  it can only be by showing them how to successfully implement  Antitrust legislation.
 
 
THE LEVANTINE SALT SUPPLY DURING THE BYZANTIUM PERIOD [ CAPPADOCIA] which was developed by Christianity and replaced ROME'S RULE
 

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MRBLOCH SALT ARCHIVE, is researching the significance, of SALT [NaCl] through the period 1000 BC . up to the Industrial Revolution.

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