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5th Landscape Archaeology Conference Newcastle upon Tyne and Durham (United Kingdom) 17 – 20th September 2018

17th – 20th September 2018

Call for Papers

Session 3A
THE ‘MULTI-PROXY APPROACH’ IN MARITME ENVIRONMENTS: USING COMBINED GEOMORPHOLOGICAL, SEDIMENTOLOGICAL, BIOSTRATIGRAPHICAL AND GEOPHYSICAL METHODS TO DETECT LANDSCAPE CHANGES


Martin Seeliger and Anna Pint (Institute of Geography, University of Cologne),
KEYWORDS. geoarchaeology; multi-proxy; coastal paleogeography


Around 6000 years BP, the Holocene marine transgression came to a halt and the more or less stable sea level enabled ancient societies to settle the shores worldwide permanently. Lambeck & Purcell (2007) coined this point in time as the ‘dawn of civilisations’. From those days onwards, the interactions between expanding settlements and erosional-sedimentological processes as well as between fluctuating sea levels and migrating shorelines caused a specific fingerprint in the archives of coastal regions. In order to reconstruct the human and landscape history of these coastal, maritime landscapes, it is necessary correctly to identify and interpret this fingerprint, and to achieve this the whole range of scientific disciplines concerned with coastal research has to collaborate. Recently, several interdisciplinary studies have shown that the combination of geomorphological, palaeofaunistical and geophysical methods is an especially powerful and effective approach to evaluate coastal archives. Therefore, this session aims to highlight the special potential of this combination. We call for both oral and poster presentations. As we did for the 2016 LAC Meeting in Uppsala, we plan to publish the outcome of this session in an international, peer-reviewed journal such as Geoarchaeology.

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