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

Moulouya River
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.

Fluvial systems provide direct information for the reconstruction of palaeoenvironmental changes; they also serve as indicators for the regional climate evolution. Melanie studied Quaternary Science and Geoarchaeology (M. Sc.) at the University of Cologne. In her Master Thesis, which was also embedded in the C2 project of the CRC 806, she focused on luminescence dating and sedimentological analyses of wadi deposits in eastern Morocco. In January 2014, Melanie started her PhD research, supervised by

Melanie Bartz

Melanie Bartz

Prof. Dr. Helmut Brückner, on fluvial deposits of Wadi Selloum in the direct vicinity of Ifri n’Ammar, and on fluvial terraces of the larger Moulouya River drainage to reconstruct palaeoenvironmental features in the eastern Rif Mts. The major tools to reach this goal are the application of geochronological techniques (dating with OSL and 14C), sedimentological analyses (e.g. micromorphology), and stable isotope analyses (oxygen and carbon isotopes in shells of terrestrial gastropods). The multi-proxy research on fluvial sequences will be linked with speleothem records from the nearby Beni Snassen massif, in cooperation with Prof. Dr. D. Scholz and Dr. J. Wassenburg (University of Mainz), to get a better understanding of climate changes during the late Quaternary.

Melanie’s talk will present first results concerning the fluvial landscape dynamics, and it will address the topics of her future research.

Event Information:

Date, Time: 15/12/2014, 16:00 h – 16:30 h

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