Sequence completed – palynological investigations on Lateglacial/Early Holocene environmental changes recorded in sequentially laminated lacustrine sediments of the Nahe palaeolake in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Sascha Krüger, Morten Fischer Mortensen, Walter Dörfler

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The exploration of Lateglacial vegetation history in Schleswig-Holstein is elaborate and comprehensive. Despite
being one of the most studied areas, regarding to the Lateglacial, no biostratigraphy covering the complete
Lateglacial and Early Holocene periods without hiatus have so far been recovered. In this paperwe present a biostratigraphy
of the Nahe paleolake, therewith intending to deal with this desideratum.
The special strength of the presented sequence is expressed in the fact that these are the only palynologically
investigated sequentially annual laminated limnic sediments of the Lateglacial in Schleswig-Holstein. These laminated
sediments, as well as radiocarbon dating of botanical macrofossils and three geochemically confirmed
cryptotephra layers (Laacher See Tephra, Vedde Ash and Saksunarvatn Ash), provide excellent chronological
control and allowfor a Europe-wide correlation. Particularly important is a complete discussion of the vegetation
history and the spatial proximity to Late Paleolithic sites, which renders it possible to evaluate potential human–
environment-interaction long before classical palynological human indicators occur
Original languageEnglish
JournalReview of Palaeobotany and Palynology
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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