Mediterranean landscapes in the past

Mediterranean landscapes have a very long settlement history and, therefore, experience long-term human impact. While key drivers of changes in the vegetation and landscapes are highly debated, new data provide further insights in the complexity of human-environmental interactions in the region over the Holocene. Several case studies in western ( Spain) and eastern Mediterranean (Turkey) illustrate the extent of human impact on landscapes.


Dan A., Basaran S., Brückner H., Erkul E., Pint A., Rabbel W., Shumilovskikh L., Tanghe M., Wilken D., Wunderlich T. (2020) Nouvelles recherches historiques et archéologiques à Ainos (moderne Enez, en Turquie, province d'Edirne): pour une première restitution graphique de la ville et du territoire antique. Revue archéologique, 69, 152-162 (in French).

Dan A.,Basaran S., Brückner H., Erkul E., Pint A., Rabbel W., Shumilovskikh L., Wilken D., Wunderlich T. (2019) Ainos in Thrace: research perspectives in historical geography and geoarchaeology. Anatolia Antiqua 27, 127-144.

May S.M., Norpoth M., Pint A., Shumilovskikh L., Raith K., Brill D., Rixhon G., Moret P., Jiménez-Vialás H., Grau-Mira I., García-Jiménez I., Matzoli D., León-Martín C., Reicherter K., Brückner H. (2021) Mid- to late Holocene environmental changes and human-environment interactions in the surroundings of La Silla del Papa, SW Spain. Geoarchaeology, 36, 573-600. DOI: 10.1002/gea.21846.

Shumilovskikh L.S., Seeliger M., Brückner H. (2022) Vegetation changes and human impact during the last 3500 years in Western Anatolia - a pilot study from the crater lake Karagöl. Vorbericht der Pergamongrabung, in press.

Shumilovskikh L.S., Seeliger M., Feuser S., Novenko E., Schlütz F., Pint A., Pirson F., Brückner H. (2016) The harbour of Elaia: A palynological archive for human environmental interactions during the last 7500 years. Quaternary Science Reviews 149, 167-187.