Congratulations to Franziska Kobe on her recent article published in Archaeological Research in Asia! Ms. Kobe is a PhD student at the Freie Universitaet Berlin under the supervision of Dr. Pavel Tarasov, and it is her first PhD-related paper! Also congratulations to our other BAP team members who contributed as co-authors. Title: Holocene vegetation and climate history in Baikal Siberia reconstructed from pollen records and its implications for archaeology Authors: Kobe F, Bezrukova EV, Leipe C, Shchetnikov AA, [...]
Holocene vegetation and climate history in Baikal Siberia reconstructed from pollen records and its implications for archaeology
Past research has greatly improved our understanding of palaeoenvironmental changes in the Lake Baikal Region, but at the same time has indicated intra-regional variations in this vast study area. Here we present a new AMS-dated late glacial–middle Holocene (ca. 13,500–4000 cal. yr BP) pollen record from Lake Ochaul (54°14′N, 106°28′E; altitude 641 m a.s.l.) situated in the less-studied area of Cis-Baikal and compare reconstructed vegetation and climate dynamics with the published environmental history of Trans-Baikal based on the pollen record from [...]
“Bridging Eurasia” Workshop in Berlin “Archaeology in East Asia: Bridge Building to Natural Sciences”
Great news from Dr. Pavel Tarasov below!: "Bridging Eurasia" Workshop in Berlin, an International Workshop of the Bridging Eurasia Research Initiative "Archaeology in East Asia: Bridge Building to Natural Sciences" took place in Berlin 12-14 February, 2020. Jointly organized by Mayke Wagner (German Archaeological Institute), Pavel Tarasov (FU Berlin), and Christian Leipe (Nagoya University). About 25 colleagues from Germany, Russia, Taiwan China, and Japan were invited to present and discuss their research results related to the different fields [...]
February 11th was the International Day of Women & Girls in Science. We'd like to take this opportunity to celebrate the wonderful women of BAP.* We're lucky to have you! *Newest addition to our BAP Women in Science group: Karolina Werens, MSc Archaeological Science, University of Oxford!
Franziska Kobe, BAP PhD student from Freie Universität Berlin, presented a 30-minute talk at the Scientific Colloquium organized by the Geological Club and Museum-Park Rüdersdorf near Berlin on 18 October 2019. Her talk was discussing importance of environmental archives from the lake sediments for reconstructing vegetation, climate and human-environmental interactions. Title: "Paläo-Seen von Rüdersdorf als wertvolle Archive der postglazialen Natur- und Klimaentwicklung in Brandenburg" [“Palaeolakes from Rüdersdorf as valuable archives of late glacial and Holocene vegetation and climate in [...]
Dr. Pavel Tarasov's team is getting it done! Christian Leipe and Pavel Tarasov spent the first 9 days of October in the Institute of Geochemistry, Irkutsk, working on the sediment cores from Lake Ochaul and collecting samples for the sediment aDNA analysis together with Elena Bezrukova, Sasha Shchetnikov and their team. Lena and Sasha helped a lot to make our work as smooth and successful as possible. Additional news from Dr. Pavel Tarasov during this time: A cooperation agreement [...]
Testing the performance of sodium polytungstate and lithium heteropolytungstate as non-toxic dense media for pollen extraction from lake and peat sediment samples
Pollen analysis is one of the most important methods to reconstruct past climate change and to understand prehistoric and early historic human-environment interactions. Every study based on fossil pollen assemblages from sedimentary archives starts with the preparation of collected sample material. The most widely employed protocols to concentrate pollen involve the use of several chemicals including hydrofluoric acid (HF), which is extremely hazardous to human health. As an alternative to HF, we have tested the reliability of dense [...]
The paper reports on the results of the pollen, plant macrofossil and geochemical analyses and the AMS 14C-based chronology of the «Rüdersdorf» outcrop situated east of Berlin in Brandenburg (Germany). The postglacial landscape changed from an open one to generally forested by ca. 14 cal. kyr BP. Woody plants (mainly birch and pine) contributed up to 85% to the pollen assemblages ca. 13.4–12.5 cal. kyr BP. The subsequent Younger Dryas (YD) interval is characterized by a decrease in [...]
Congratulations to Franziska Kobe, who successfully defended her Master's Thesis on February 11, 2019! She received the highest note of "Very Good" from reviewers for the written work and oral presentation. Franziska will continue her work with BAP as a PhD student, beginning April 1, 2019. Congratulations Franziska! We look forward to your continuing research with us!
More great news! The day of Franziska's Master's defense, an article written by Franziska Kobe, Martin K. Bittner, Christian Leipe, Philipp Hoelzmann, Tengwen Long, Mayke Wagner, Romy Zibulski, and Pavel E. Tarasov entitled "Late glacial and early Holocene environments and human occupation in Brandenburg, eastern Germany" appeared online in the open access scientific journal GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY. This paper contributes to the project (SSHRC Partnership Grant Number 895-2018-1004) and the profile will be further investigated for better understanding the [...]