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Introduction: QSGA-Visiting-Professor Prof. Dr. AlNahar
CRC 806 at the AGU Fall Meeting 2017
New Orleans, USA

Playas, palaeosoils and speleothems: Dating Pleist...

Playas, palaeosoils and speleothems: Dating Pleistocene archives with geo-archaeological methods

At the end of last year – November/December 2017 – a geo-archaeological field campaign was carried out in the surroundings of Sodmein Cave (Eastern Desert, Egypt). Different Quaternary archives were investigated to get a better understanding of the landscape and the climate development – and thus also contributing to our understanding of human-environment interactions in the Late Pleistocene. The focus of this fieldwork, which was conducted in cooperation with the Egyptian Mineral Resources Authority (EMRA), was to sample archives for establishing a robust chronology of the landscape development. Terraces, playa remnants and the sediments of Sodmein Cave as well as stalagmites from a new dis...

CRC 806 at the AGU Fall Meeting 2017, New Orleans

CRC 806 at the AGU Fall Meeting 2017, New Orleans

The traditional venue undergoing renovations, the American Geophysical Union held its annual Fall Meeting for the first time in its history not in San Francisco but in New Orleans, Louisiana. With a unique mix of more than 20,000 oral and poster presentations, it continues to be the premiere place for geoscientists to present their research, often not published yet; hear about cutting-edge science, and latest discoveries, trends and challenges in the field; attend sessions devoted to public affairs and science communication; and network with colleagues. The Fall Meeting also offered an exhibit hall packed with exhibitors showcasing new and relevant research tools and services to meet any pro...

E3 Kick-off Workshop “Perspectives on spatial mobi...

E3 Kick-off Workshop “Perspectives on spatial mobility of hunter-gatherers”, 14th–15th December 2017

During the current phase of the E3 Project (2017–2021), the researchers aim at a cross-cultural comparison of internal models of hunter-gatherer mobility. The research is focused on two related key issues: “decision-making” and “mapping and orientation”. Researchers from several countries and disciplines (African Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Digital Humanities, Geography, and Sociology) presented their research at the workshop. At the first day with the subject “Horizons of decision making”, the participants discussed topics such as different approaches to decision making, people’s strategies under uncertainty, the evolution of rationality, decision making as a cultural practice and t...

Presenting our science to the public: CRC 806 at t...

Presenting our science to the public: CRC 806 at the research day of the Neanderthal Museum

During this year’s „Day of Research“ (November 19th, 2017) in the Neanderthal Museum at Mettmann, scientists of the A- and C-Cluster presented insights into their current archaeological, geoscientific and geoarchaeological research to the wider public. Such occasions are unique for visitors and researcher alike; presenting research face-to-face with the public is challenging but also valuable. The question of human mobility was topic of the information desk of Project A1. An application of a computer model simulating possible migration routes was presented, as well as various geoarchaeological field and survey methods used in our research area in Egypt. A Pecha Kucha (in German) about this r...

Excavation at the Sodicho Rockshelter (Southwest E...

Excavation at the Sodicho Rockshelter (Southwest Ethiopia)

Sodicho Rockshelter, a Holocene and late Pleistocene site in the southwestern Ethiopian Highlands, was visited in October/November 2017 by an interdisciplinary research team of archaeologists and geoarchaeologists from the CRC 806 and one student of geoscience from Addis Ababa University. Based on a first test excavation in 2015 the site promised to have the potential for the preservation of a comprehensive stratigraphy, comparable to the depositional history of the key-site Mochena Borago. The recent field work, directed by Dr. Ralf Vogelsang, comprised archaeological excavations, a first geomorphological survey and geoarchaeological investigations at the site. Previous excavations touched...

Pollen grains reveal the paleovegetation of the so...

Pollen grains reveal the paleovegetation of the southern Levant

The southern Levant experienced strong environmental changes since the last glacial period. Enormous lake-level high stands characterized the landscape about 25,000 years ago. However, we do not know how the vegetation looked like. Did increased rainfalls lead to a spread of Mediterranean woodland as hypothesized before? An international team with members of the B3 project of the CRC 806 dedicated themselves to this question. By looking at fossil pollen from a sediment core of the Sea of Galilee/northern Israel, evidence for the paleovegetation was found. Herbaceous plants such as grasses, wormwood, and chenopods were common, but trees and shrubs were only patchily distributed. These new res...

CRC 806 at DFG’s “Research in Germany” Booth / AGU...

CRC 806 at DFG’s “Research in Germany” Booth / AGU Fall Meeting 2016, San Francisco

With about 25,000 participants, the annual convention of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco is the world’s largest geoscientific conference. Once again, the DFG’s “Research in Germany” initiative was present at the accompanying exhibition with a prominent and generously sized booth, only second to NASA and Google, from 11–15/12/2016. It was shared by three German clusters of excellence – CliSAP, MARUM and The Future Ocean; two non-university research institutions, GEOMAR and GFZ; and a few Priority Programs, Research Training Groups and Collaborative Research Centers which provided a comprehensive insight into the geosciences research landscape in Germany. For the second t...

CliMathNet and PEN

CliMathNet and PEN

The network CliMathNet is a collaboration of climate scientists, mathematicians and statisticians aiming to answer related questions to climate modeling, e.g. dealing with uncertainties in predictions and observations. Closely connected to CliMathNet is PEN (Past Earth Network), whose goal is to improve future climate predictions by studying past climate. Therefore, PEN looks at the uncertainty quantification of models and observations, data-model comparison, and future climate projections. The fourth annual CliMathNet Conference took place at the University of Exeter, UK, from 5th to 8th July 2016. One focus of last year was on the “development of novel methodologies to paleoclimates”, wher...

Human-landscape interactions in Halkidiki (NC Gree...

Human-landscape interactions in Halkidiki (NC Greece) over the last 3.5 millennia

The sediment core from Tristinika coastal marsh in the northern part of Central Greece is the first complete record of vegetation transformation over the last 3.5 millennia. The palynological investigation of the above mentioned core reveals a very strong correlation between vegetation development and human settlement in Halkidiki. Considering the climate variability of this period and the correlation of the pollen data to the extended archaeological and historic archives we can clarify the strongly interactive human-environment relationship, in the vicinity of Torone (which was an important ancient harbour in Halkidiki) and Mt Athos (with a great monasteric history). The pollen record indic...

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