(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Climate change and human impact in central Spain during Roman times : High-resolution multi-proxy analysis of a tufa lake record (Somolinos, 1280 m asl)

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

CURRÁS A. (1) ; ZAMORA L. (2) ; REED J.M. (3) ; GARCÍA-SOTO E. (4) ; FERRERO S. (4) ; ARMENGOL X. (2) ; MEZQUITA-JOANES F. (2) ; MARQUÉS M.A. (5) ; RIERA S. (1) ; JULIÀ R. (6) ;
(1) Dep. of Prehistory, Ancient History and Archaeology Univ., Barcelona, ESPAGNE
(2) Dep. of Microbiology and Ecology, Univ. of Valencia, Burjassot, ESPAGNE
(3) Dept. of Geography, Univ., Hull, ROYAUME-UNI
(4) Los Casares archaeological group, Sigüenza, ESPAGNE
(5) Dep. of Geodynamics and Geophysics, Univ., Barcelona, ESPAGNE
(6) Inst. of Earth Sciences "Jaume Almera", CSIC, Barcelona, ESPAGNE


In order to improve the understanding of the synergies between societal and environmental change during the Roman Period in central Spain, the AA. present a case study based on the integration of multi-proxy palaeoenvironmental, archaeological and historical data. The Somolinos sequence extends from the 9th century cal BC (Pre-Roman) to the 8th century AD (Early Medieval). The analyses include pollen, non-pollen palynomorphs (NPPs), macrocharcoal, ostracods, diatoms, other biotic remains and sedimentology. The multi-proxy data reveal dry conditions during Roman and Visigothic times and moister phases during Iron Age and Late Roman. Wide human impact started at 80 yr BC, one century after the climate change towards drier conditions. The Somolinos record indicates that Roman "humid period" is not a simple phase as some suggest. The observed environmental changes resulted from the interaction of different driving factors


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

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

Millesime : 2012, vol. 89, no1 [pp. 31-53]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 14 fig., 1 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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