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.

For that purpose loess-paleosol sequences serve as investigation objects, as they are important terrestrial geoarchives of paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental conditions during the Quaternary. Regional focus lies on the Rhine-Meuse-Area (Alsace, Belgium, Rhine region in Germany), the Upper Danube area as well as the Northern Harz foreland in Germany. In the presentation we will talk about the distribution of loess, its role as an archive, our fieldwork in 2014, our methods and first results, such as from Achenheim.


Lydia Krauß
Project D1

I studied Geography at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. My Diploma Thesis dealt with preferential pathways of water in recent soils. Since January 2014 I am working for the Geography Department of the RWTH Aachen University and am integrated in the D1 project of the CRC 806 as a PhD student. My focus lies on the sedimentological, geochemical and magnetic properties of the material in loess-paleosol sequences in Central Europe, aiming for better knowledge of the environmental conditions during the last glacial, e.g. through determining the origin of loess in selected loess-paleosol sequences.”

Jörg Zens

Jörg Zens
Project D1

I studied Applied Geography (M.Sc.) at the RWTH Aachen University. My Master Thesis dealt with the sediments of a Roman vicus in the Eifel Mountains with a focus on the methodical comparison on different methods of grain size analysis (laser diffraction and Sedigraph). After one year as a freelancer in water protection, I started my PhD studies in January 2014 at the Department of Geography, RWTH Aachen University, in the D1 project of the CRC 806. My focus lies on luminescence dating, loess stratigraphy and geochronology in Central Europe.“

Event Information:

Date, Time: 17/11/2014, 16:00 h – 17:30 h

Location: Room S22, Seminargebäude (Building 106), Universitätsstraße 37 , Cologne