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Millennial-scale cycles of aridity as a driver of human occupancy in central Spain?



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Santisteban Navarro, Juan Ignacio and Mediavilla, Rosa and Celis, Alberto and Castaño, Silvino and Losa, Almudena de la (2016) Millennial-scale cycles of aridity as a driver of human occupancy in central Spain? Quaternary International, 407 . pp. 96-109. ISSN 1040-6182

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Human settlements around the fluvial wetland of Las Tablas de Daimiel (central Spain) have been related to the water availability in this area for nearly 5500 years; however the relationship of the hydrology of the wetland to climate change remains uncertain. Whilst archaeological and pollen data provide contradictory arguments, statistical empirical mode decomposition of geochemical data from core S-1 reveals arid periods ca. 1.8 cal. ka BP, ca. 3.3 cal. ka BP and ca. 5.5 cal. ka BP between which periods both Bronze Age and Iberian-Roman settlements developed. These periods can be identified in other records of the Iberian Peninsula and around the western Mediterranean. Comparison of these records points to a complex spatial pattern that evolved in time and, despite a number of forcings (volcanism, solar activity, atmosphere-ocean interactions) being invoked to explain such periods, there is no clear mechanism to explain their spatial pattern and the changes that have taken place since 2.5 ka BP.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mid-Holocene, Hydroclimate, Fluvial wetland, Western Mediterranean, Archaeological sites
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Stratigraphic geology
Sciences > Geology > Paleontology
ID Code:51112
Deposited On:08 Feb 2019 09:24
Last Modified:08 Feb 2019 09:24

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