Dr. Jeff Blackford, University of Dundee
"Distinguishing human traces from natural events in Mesolithic peat proxy records"
During the Mesolithic period in NW Europe (approx. 10,500-6,000 BP), human populations are thought to have been small and mobile, using seasonal resource use patterns. Using data from a range of upland and lowland sites, this talk will summarise the human traces identified so far and review the effectiveness of a range of methods. Pollen, fungal spores and other NPPs, charcoal and peat geochemistry have all been used as proxies for human impact, although distinguishing human impacts from natural events remains a challenge.
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