Quaternary International May 2019

Postglacial vegetation and climate history and traces of early human impact and agriculture in the present-day cool mixed forest zone of European Russia

Tarasov PE, Savelieva LA, Long T, Leipe C

This study is based on the reassessment and correlation of five pollen records from the upper Western Dvina River region. For the most complete record (Korovinskoe Mire; 56°16′N, 31°20′E) we constructed a Bayesian age-depth model to provide robust chronological control for the reconstructed changes in the regional environments and to facilitate interregional comparisons. The results show that the Holocene Thermal Maximum in the study region (ca. 8600–6900 cal BP) started and ended some centuries earlier than suggested for the [...]

2019-07-19T10:27:24-06:00Categories: Publications, Journal Articles|Tags: , |
Quaternary International May 2019

Testing the performance of sodium polytungstate and lithium heteropolytungstate as non-toxic dense media for pollen extraction from lake and peat sediment samples

Leipe C, Kobe F, Müller S

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 [...]

2019-07-19T10:22:39-06:00Categories: Publications, Journal Articles|Tags: , |

Christian Leipe BAP archaeobotanical analysis featured in Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper article!

Thank you to Dr. Pavel Tarasov for sharing the following BHAP/BAP news!: The Yomiuri Shimbun, a Japanese national newspaper with a 140-year history and a daily readership of more than 9 million copies every morning, recently published an article about ancient barley seeds excavated from the Hamanaka 2 site on Rebun Island. The story, written by a Japanese journalist, is based on the samples obtained through the BHAP international summer school excavations and on the archaeobotanical analysis performed by [...]

2019-05-21T12:22:22-06:00Categories: News, Media & Public Outreach|Tags: |

Dr. Pavel Tarasov and Dr. Christian Leipe research update from Siberia!

Exciting research update from Dr. Christian Leipe: Pavel and I are back from Siberia. It was a successful and interesting trip even with lots of snow and ice, which I haven’t seen for a long time. We would like to share some photos and information for the next newsletter. Here are the captions for the photos attached. Pavel Tarasov giving a public lecture within the framework of the BAP at the Institute of Geochemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences [...]

2019-05-21T11:55:41-06:00Categories: News|Tags: , |
Geography, Environment, Sustainability February 2019

Late glacial and early Holocene environments and human occupation in Brandenburg, eastern Germany

Kobe F, Bittner MK, Leipe C, Hoelzmann P, Long T, Wagner M, Zibulski R, Tarasov PE

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 [...]

2019-07-15T16:33:58-06:00Categories: Publications, Journal Articles|Tags: , , , |

Franziska Kobe’s article published in GES

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 [...]

2019-03-14T11:52:12-06:00Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Dr. Mareike Schmidt’s article on Lake Kushu palaeolimnological record published in Palaeo3

Congratulations to Dr. Mareike Schmidt and co-authors for the recent publication of their paper in Palaeo3! Good news below from Dr. Pavel Tarasov about the BHAP Freie Universitaet Berlin Team! The final manuscript describing results of Mareike Schmidt’s PhD Thesis has been published in Palaeo3 by Elsevier. Title: “A multi-proxy palaeolimnological record of the last 16,600 years from coastal Lake Kushu in northern Japan” Abstract: Based on diatom, aquatic pollen and non-pollen palynomorph (NPP), lake sediment microfacies, and X-ray [...]

2019-03-14T11:53:32-06:00Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Dr. Christian Leipe article in QSR

Congratulations to Dr. Christian Leipe for the recent publication of his article in Quaternary Science Reviews! Christian says it is a part of the BAP and he would like to share this wonderful good news with all team members. Title: "Vegetation change and human impacts on Rebun Island (Northwest Pacific) over the last 6000 years." Full reference: Leipe, C., Müller, S., Hille, K., Kato, H., Kobe, F., Schmidt, M., Seyffert, K., Spengler III, R., Wagner, M., Weber, A.W., Tarasov, [...]

2019-03-14T12:02:10-06:00Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |