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Changing the Face of the Mediterranean: Land cover and population since the advent of farming

Start: Nov 13, 2017 04:00 PM

Location: Room 612, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Changing the Face of the Mediterranean (Image courtesy of Plymouyh University)

Alessio Palmisano will give the sixth seminar in the Term I Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series highlighting current research at the Institute on 13 November.

Institute of Archaeology Research Seminars take place on Mondays from 4pm, in Room 612 of the Institute.

Abstract

The 'Changing the Face of the Mediterranean project' is a Leverhulme-funded Plymouth-UCL collaboration which aims to reconstruct long-term trends in population dynamics and vegetation change from the introduction of Neolithic farming to Medieval times (ca. 9000-1000 BP), on a pan-Mediterranean scale, in order to assess if and how human impact has shaped natural landscapes over the millennia. We compare radiocarbon summed probability distributions (SPD), archaeological site counts and summed estimated site sizes in order to understand how human demography changed over the longue durée. Furthermore, these three archaeological proxies are also compared with land-cover change aggregated pollen records to assess how far these two independent sources show common and synchronic trends in terms of population and environmental change in the Eastern Mediterranean. This approach allows us to explore to which extent the rises and falls in population transformed the environment from nature-dominated to culturally-modified.

Programme

Term I Institute Research Seminar Series 2017-18

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