EcolChange seminar – Alar Rosentau about sea-level changes and coastal settlements in Baltics

Seminar of the Centre of Excellence EcolChange + Seminar of Department of Botany and Doctoral School of Earth Sciences and Ecology

Alar Rosentau is senior researcher at the Department of Geology, Tartu University.

Title of the talk: Sea-level change and early coastal settlements in Eastern Baltic

Time: Thursday, 18. May 2017 at 15.15

Place: Tartu, Lai 40-218 (Vaga auditorium)


Depiction of Stone Age settlement in our region (pic from here)


Results of the interdisciplinary research which combines palaeo sea-level and Stone Age settlement data from the Narva-Luga area in Eastern Baltic will be presented during the seminar. The oldest traces of human activity in Narva-Luga dated to 8.5–7.9 cal. ka BP are associated with the palaeo-Narva River in the period of low water level in the Baltic basin at the beginning of the Litorina Sea transgression. The coastal settlement associated with the Litorina Sea lagoon, presently represented by 33 Stone Age sites, developed in the area c. 7.1 cal. ka BP and existed there for more than 2000 years. Transformation from the coastal settlement back to the river settlement indicates a change from a fishing-and-hunting economy to farming and animal husbandry c. 4.4 cal. ka BP

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