Geoarchaeology in the Desert: Unique Cave Sediments, Landscape Evolution and Palaeoenvironment at Sodmein Cave, Egypt


 Before I started my PhD, I did my bachelor in Geography and the master study course “Quaternary Science & Geoarchaeology”, both at the University of Cologne. I already wrote my bachelor-thesis in the C1-project and during my master, I changed to the A1-project. My master-thesis was about first micromorphological investigations at Sodmein Cave in Egypt.

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Technical changes in the Late Upper Paleolithic of Morocco. A case study from Ifri El Baroud


Alessandro Potì is a PhD student in Project C2 at the Institute of Prehistoric Archaeology (University of Cologne) since February 2014.

I studied Prehistory at the University of Ferrara (Italy). Since that time I’ve been mainly interested in lithic technology and in the adaptive behaviors of Paleolithic human groups. In my master thesis I analyzed, by means of a 3D geometric morphometric approach, a specific component of stone artifacts from the Lower Paleolithic site of Pirro Nord (S-Italy).

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Quaternary fluvial environments in the eastern Rif (Morocco) inferred from geochronological and geoarchaeological investigations

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Melanie Bartz is a PhD student in the C2 project “Early Holocene Contacts between Africa and Europe and their Palaeoenvironmental Context” of the CRC 806 “Our Way to Europe” of the University of Cologne, at the Institute of Geography. The prehistoric site of Ifri n’Ammar, a rock shelter dated back to Middle and Late Palaeolithic times and characterised by periodic settling, reveals human activity since 170 ka.

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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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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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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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The Motivation for the Seasonal Movement of Bison Hunters on the Northwestern Plains of North America

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Gerald Oetelaar

Prof. Gerald A. Oetelaar, Department of Archaeology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

To western researchers, the structure of the grasslands ecosystem on the Northwestern Plains of North America is determined primarily by climate as modified locally by topography, drainage, and sediments. The seasonal availability of the different grasses determines the migratory behaviour of bison which, in turn, influences the movement of human populations. Bison ecology and behaviour also determine the patterns of human aggregation and dispersal. Long-term climatic fluctuations, as measured by effective moisture and temperature, influence the net primary productivity of the short grass plains and, by extension, the size of the bison population.

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