First results from Achenheim, France concerning the paleoenvironmental conditions between 40,000 and 14,000 a BP

zens_krauß_bannerDuring the Aurignacian (35,000 – 30,000 BP) Homo sapiens arrived for the first time in the Rhineland and recolonized the region after the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) in the Magdalenian (20,000 – 14,000 BP). The D1 Project is part of the “Collaborative Research Centre 806 (CRC 806) – Our Way To Europe – Culture-Environment Interaction and Human Mobility in the Late Quaternary“ and focuses on reconstructing environmental conditions during the last glacial cycle (40,000 – 14,000 BP) in connection with archaeological research on migration processes of Homo sapiens in Western and Central Europe.

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Academic Writing Skills – Getting your message across in written academic English

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

© Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Anne Wegner M.Sc. (TESOL)

You may consider that your research is the most important part of your studies. But what’s the point in the research if you don’t tell others about it? And most of this “telling” is, for better or for worse (to quote Shakespeare), now done in English. In this workshop series, we will be looking at how to improve your written academic English.

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Paleoclimate modelling and aeolian dust as climate proxy


One of the objectives of the CRC 806 is, based on paleoclimate modelling and paleoclimate proxies, to understand how paleoclimate changed and how paleoclimatic and environmental conditions impacted the movement of homo-sapiens. The purpose of the workshop is to provide colleagues of similar interests with a platform for exchange of ideas.

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Quaternary Geochronology



Prof. Rainer Grün

This course provides an overview of the principal techniques deployed in modern archaeology and palaeoanthropology to place the material remains of the human past and the human environment in a chronological context, from earliest human origins to quite recent times.

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The usefulness of long-term ecological data in understanding past biotic responses to climate and disturbances in Central Eastern Europe



Dr. Angelica Feurdean Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Frankfurt/Main

Current ecological understanding has recognised that ecosystems are subject to ongoing processes of changing climate, disturbances, and many landscapes have been shaped by humans for millennia. Because the fossil data are able to record multiple generations of a species through time, they can be used as a surrogate for measurement of biotic responses to environmental and disturbance scenarios occurring at different temporal scales (10 to 103 years).

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Advancing Competencies in Argumentation and Problem Solving through Geography teaching in School using the Example of Culture-Environment Interaction

Bild Tafel, Sabrina DittrichSabrina Dittrich studied German and Geography to become a teacher at the University of Cologne. She wrote her examination thesis about differentiation in class (Title: “Differenzierung als Herausforderung – Der Umgang mit heterogenen Lerngruppen im Geographieunterricht aus Sicht von Lehrerinnen und Lehrern” / Differentiation as a challenge – The handling with heterogeneous pupils in class from the view of teachers). Continue reading

Analysis of palaeoenvironmental data

Dr. Thomas Giesecke

Dr Thomas Giesecke
(Department of Palynology and Climate Dynamics, University Göttingen)

Palaeoenvironmental and archaeological data are usually multivariate and samples generally represent different times in the past. This short course aims to provide an overview and hands on training of numerical methods commonly used with such datasets as well as handling radiocarbon dates and deriving chronologies.

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Las Tablas de Daimiel (Spain): water, climate and people


Juan Santisteban

Dr. Juan Santisteban
Department of Stratigraphy of the
Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)

Juan I. Santisteban (Santi) is Lecturer at the Department of Stratigraphy of the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) and Rosa Mediavilla is researcher at the Spanish Geological Survey (IGME). Both are sedimentologists and stratigraphers specialized in terrestrial deposits (fluvial and lacustrine) and interested in the integration of multiproxy data in the interpretation of terrestrial basins.

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