Ancient populations

Does anyone know a good website that gives me comparative numbers on the estimates of ancient populations? I’m trying to get an idea of how many people were alive back then and the differences in density based on various regions and such. Google isn’t being helpful enough, but I thought someone here might have a good source.

Here are some estimate for Europe in the late Roman Empire.

http://www.tulane.edu/~august/H303/handouts/Population.htm

Any areas in particular you are interested in?

Troy

Oooh, that’s perfect. How about ancient Egypt? Sumeria? Mongolia would be nice. I need different climates, to give me an idea of what they would support without the advanced technologies we have today. I know it wouldn’t be perfect, but I’d like to be able to calculate a few basic ratios based on accessibility to different types of flora and fauna. So Australia and Africa would be nice, but I’m not sure we have any way of getting at those numbers. Still, numbers taken from colonization might work, if you know where some of those numbers are.

Have you tried the books.google.com approach? Find some good books on historical demography and go nuts.

I’ll keep my google-fu going mostly because I like a challenge.

Troy

Are you planning some kind of ‘back to Stone Age’ apocalypse?

Here is a website that might help you, it has a sort of “Creationism” feel to it, but if you just use the numbers it shouldn’t matter.

http://www.ldolphin.org/popul.html

Random, possibly helpful (but not guaranteed) one:

http://www.irows.ucr.edu/research/citemp/isa02/isa02.htm

Those 750,000 for Britain don’t sound right. Wasn’t Britain very fertile at the time and full of Celts? Or was that just after the Anglo-Saxon invasion?

Britain is small, and the Northern 3rd is very cold. It’s probably ballpark right.

Those 750,000 for Britain don’t sound right. Wasn’t Britain very fertile at the time and full of Celts? Or was that just after the Anglo-Saxon invasion?[/quote]

The population was actually about 3x that number the year before, until Chuck Norris passed through.

Civ IV? :)