(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Local variation in climate and land use during the time of the major kingdoms of the Tigray Plateau in Ethiopia and Eritrea

published at : Soils, sediments, and geoarcheology. Special issue

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

TERWILLIGER V.J. (1) ; ESHETU Z. (2) ; HUANG Y. (3) ; ALEXANDRE M. (3 4) ; UMER M. (5) ; GEBRU T. (5) ;
(1) Dep. of Geography, Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence, ETATS-UNIS
(2) Ethiopian Inst. of Agricultural Research (EIAR), Forestry Research Centre, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIE
(3) Dep. of Geological Sciences, Brown Univ., Providence, ETATS-UNIS
(4) Dep. de Química, Univ. Federal de Sergipe, São Cristóvão, BRESIL
(5) Dep. of Earth Sciences, Univ., Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIE


The AA. sampled sections of gully walls for palaeoenvironmental proxies from 2 sites: 1) Adi Kolen on the southern outskirts of the Plateau's most developed former empire, the Aksumite, and 2) Adigrat near polities dating to at least ca. 3000 cal yr BP. A multi-proxy approach for examining local variation in palaeoenvironments was evaluated that included stable isotopic and elemental analyses (δ13CSOM, δ15N, %TOC, and %TN) of soil, and charcoal identification. The results suggest that general changes in climate are not apparent. Land clearing dynamics are likely to have had a more consistent effect on the trajectories of kingdoms than climate changes


Thematical fascicle

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 85, no 2 [pp. 130-143]

Bibliographic references : 1,5 p.

Collation : fig., tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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