Palaeoecology from lake sediments

In order to compare archaeological and palaeoecological data, we collect samples from small and large lake basins close to the archaeological sites. In this way we investigate the impacts on the ecosystem of these different cultures, for example through deforestation or burning, as well as their land use activities such as agriculture. We apply a multiproxy analysis using pollen, phytoliths, charcoal, macrofossils and XRF scanning techniques to obtain a high-resolution, radiocarbon-dated record of environmental change and land use across the selected study regions, at a local, regional, and landscape scale.

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