Rapid Climate Change and Radiocarbon Discontinuities in the Mesolithic–Early Neolithic Settlement Record of the Iron Gates

Bonsall, Clive and Macklin, Mark and Boroneant, Adina and Pickard, Catriona and Bartosiewicz, Laszlo and Cook, Gordon and Higham, Thomas (2016) Rapid Climate Change and Radiocarbon Discontinuities in the Mesolithic–Early Neolithic Settlement Record of the Iron Gates. In: Climate and Cultural Change in Prehistoric Europe and Near East. SUNY Press, pp. 195-210. ISBN 978-1-4384-6183-0

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Abstract

The Mesolithic–Early Neolithic radiocarbon record for the Iron Gates is compared against the regional paleoclimatic record. Well-marked minima in the frequency of radiocarbon dates at ca. 9.5–9.0 ka, 8.65–8.0 ka and after 7.8 ka cal BP coincide with “rapid climate change events” recorded in Greenland ice cores and paleoclimate archives from the Danube catchment. Four possible explanations of the observed radiocarbon discontinuities are considered: dwindling fish resources, changes in the social environment linked to the spread of farming, flood-induced settlement relocations, and taphonomic effects.

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Keywords:climate change, Radiocarbon, mesolithic, Paleoclimate
Subjects:F Physical Sciences > F810 Environmental Geography
F Physical Sciences > F840 Physical Geography
F Physical Sciences > F841 Maritime Geography
Divisions:College of Science > School of Geography
ID Code:33642
Deposited On:11 Oct 2018 14:52

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