Holocene climate change and prehistoric settlement in the lower Danube valley

Bonsall, C., Macklin, M.G., Boroneanţ, A., Pickard, C., Bartosiewicz, L., Cook, G.T. and Higham, T.F.G. (2015) Holocene climate change and prehistoric settlement in the lower Danube valley. Quaternary International, 378, pp. 14-21. (doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2014.09.031)

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Abstract

An analysis of the summed probability distributions of 293 radiocarbon dates from Late Glacial to mid-Holocene sites in the Danubian Iron Gates highlights the existence of well-marked 14C discontinuities at c. 9.5–9.0 ka, 8.65–8.0 ka and after 7.8 ka cal BP. These coincide with climate anomalies recorded in Greenland ice cores and palaeoclimate archives from the Danube catchment. Four possible explanations are considered: dwindling fish resources, changes in the social environment, flood-induced settlement relocations, and taphonomic effects. On present evidence, the last two factors are thought to be the most likely cause of the discontinuities observed in the Iron Gates Mesolithic–Early Neolithic radiocarbon record.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Quarternary International. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Quarternary International, [378, (2014)] DOI:10.1016/j.quaint.2014.09.031
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cook, Professor Gordon
Authors: Bonsall, C., Macklin, M.G., Boroneanţ, A., Pickard, C., Bartosiewicz, L., Cook, G.T., and Higham, T.F.G.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Quaternary International
Publisher:Elsevier Ltd and INQUA
ISSN:1040-6182
ISSN (Online):1873-4553
Published Online:30 October 2014
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd and INQUA
First Published:First published in Quaternary International 378:14-21
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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