(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Holocene environmental change and its impacts on human settlement in the Shanghai Area, East China

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

WU L. (1 2) ; ZHU C. (2) ; ZHENG C. (3) ; LI F. (2) ; WANG X. (4) ; LI L. (5) ; SUN W. (2) ;
(1) College of Territorial Resources and Tourism, Anhui Normal Univ., Wuhu, CHINE
(2) School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing, CHINE
(3) Geographic Information and Tourism College, Univ., Chuzhou, CHINE
(4) College of Hydrology and Water Resources, Hohai Univ., Nanjing, CHINE
(5) Center for Archaeological Science, Sichuan Univ., Chengdu, CHINE


A relative sea-level curve of the Shanghai Area was derived from dated shell ridges and peat, and correlates well with the reconstructed sea-level curves of the Yangtze Delta and East China. The development of human settlements was interrupted at least 4 times in the Shanghai Area, matching 4 periods of high sea-level, peat accumulation, and increase in shell ridges, after which Neolithic communities moved onto the plain and reclaimed their lowlands for rice cultivation. The Chenier Ridges played an important role in sheltering the Neolithic settlers. The collapse of Liangzhu Culture about 4000 cal. yr BP was followed by the less-developed Maqiao Culture. These studies suggest that extreme environmental and hydrological conditions such as terrestrial inundation caused by sea-level rise and heavy rainfall, contributed to the cessation of paddy exploitation and to the social stress that led to the Liangzhu Culture demise


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

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

Millesime : 2014, vol. 114 [pp. 78-89]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 3 fig., 4 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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