The Holocene vegetation dynamics and the formation of Neolithic and present-day Slovenian landscape

  • Maja Andrič School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University, UK and Department of Archaeology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Keywords: palynology, Neolithic archaeology, palaeoecology, Slovenia, the Holocene vegetation developmen, , soil erosion, charcoal

Abstract

This paper presents the results of palaeoecological research to investigate the Holocene vegetation development of the Slovenian landscape and the impact of the first farmers upon it. Four study sites were selected and at each site a complete Holocene sedimentary sequence was analysed by using the following techniques: loss-on-ignition, geochemistry, radiocarbon dating, pollen analysis and analysis of micro-charcoal concentration. The results of the study suggest that the Neolithic landscape was probably very dynamic and composed of small patches with different vegetation composition. This vegetation has no present-day analogues. The present-day Slovenian landscape formed only several millennia after the transition to farming.

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Published
2001-12-22
How to Cite
Andrič, M. (2001). The Holocene vegetation dynamics and the formation of Neolithic and present-day Slovenian landscape. Documenta Praehistorica, 28, 133-175. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.28.9
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