Department of Geoscience

Institut für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie (INA) Kolloquium

The lecture is held every Friday beginning at 10 c.t. and lasting until 12:00 in the Kupferbau (Holderlinstr. 5). Room HS 24.

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Winter 2019/2020

October 18

no talk

October 25

Michael Walker: Cueva Negra del Estrecho del Río Quípar at Caravaca de la Cruz and Sima de las Palomas del Cabezo Gordo at Torre Pacheco, Murcia, South-East Spain: Palaeolithic, palaeoanthropological, and palaeontological findings.

November 1

Holiday (Allerheiligen)

November 8

Alexander Brittingham: Organic Geochemical Approaches to Understanding Climate and Fire Use in the Paleolithic of the Southern Caucasus

Organic molecules preserved in archaeological sediments are an important, though sometimes overlooked, resource for understanding both hominin behavior and climate change in the past. Molecular remains of epicuticular plant waxes, n-alkanes, preserved in archaeological sites provide records of hydrological and vegetation changes through analysis of the analysis of their hydrogen (δD) and carbon (δ13C) isotope composition. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are produced during the combustion of biomass, also preserve in archaeological sediments and can provide a record of hominin fire use in the past. This talk will discuss the application of these proxies to two cave sites in Armenia, Lusakert-1 and Aghitu-3, to understand hominin behavioral response to variable environments during the Late Pleistocene.

November 15

to be announced

November 22

Jeremy DeSilva

November 29

to be announced

December 6

Giovanni Cavallo

December 13

Tobias Sprafke

December 20

no talk, followed by the semester break from Dec 23 to Jan 6

January 10

to be announced

January 17

to be announced

January 24

Susanne Prillwitz

January 31

to be announced