The Journal of Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies' (TES)
Volume 3, Number 1, Dec. 2004

ISSN 1602-2297

10,000 years of climate change and human impact on the environment in the area surrounding Lejre.

N. Schrøder, L. Højlund Pedersen, R. Juel Bitsch.
Department of Environment, Technology and Social Studies, Roskilde University. Denmark.

Abstract: The classical site for Holocene studies of the impact of humans and climatic changes – Lejre (Denmark) and its surroundings – has been re-examined. A detailed geological/geophysical mapping of the area and geochemical/palynological analysis of two selected cores confirms that climate change has been the decisive factor behind the main changes in human activities in the area. It also confirms that the Blytt-Sernander model fits very well with the climatic proxies from the Lejre area. Finally, it is concluded that the Holocene climatic history of the Lejre area and of Greenland are closely correlated with strong ties to global causes of climate change.

Key words: Holocene, climatic change, geology, archaeology, pollen, Blytt-Sernander model.

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