EGU 2009 GM 11 :
Geoarchaeology : an approach at the interface between environmental reconstruction and human settlement
The aim of the session is to further understanding of the connectivity between human activity/settlement and the wider environmental context over Holocene timescales. Rapid evolution or changes in the landscape are often correlated with archaeological evidence to assist the interpretation of sediment or landform archives, but discerning the nature of the relationship between human activity and landscape is often more elusive ; cause, effect or a mixture of both ? Contributors are invited to submit abstracts for papers on original topics from a broad unrestricted geographical range ; in particular papers that focus on European and North African countries are invited. Papers could enhance or develop new techniques and improve the « Geoarchaeological » approach. The following themes will be explored by this session : Human-environment connectivity : linkages between site/activity and geomorphological process/record. Sediment provenance detangling depositional sequences (geochemistry, magnetics, etc). Chronostratigraphy (boreholes/geological trenches) of archaeological sites and wider environments. Spatial (remote sensing and GIS) interpretation of geoarchaeological evidence.