East European forest-steppe

The East European forest-steppe zone represents a transition between woodlands and grasslands in semi-arid regions. It crosses Europe and cover vast areas from Carpathians to Urals. Today this large region is highly exploited by humans and present agricultural landscapes. It is still open question, how the landscapes were looking in the past. In order to study the forest-steppe dynamics and human role in it, archaeologicalsite Kurilovka (Kursk region, Sudzhariver) was studied palynologically. Archaeological data reveal that Kurilovka was settled in the Neolithic and the Bronze Age with a significant increase in settlement activity started in 3rd-8th centuries AD by Kievskaya, Kolochinskaya and Sokhnovskaya cultures. Mongol invasions caused abandonment of the site, which was settled again in 17th century AD. Archaeological data will be compared to pollen data of the off-site core.


Shumilovskikh L.S., Rodinkova V., Rodionova A., Troshina A., Ershova E., Novenko E., Zazovskaya E., Sycheva S.A., Kiselev D., Schlütz F., Schneeweiß J. (2019) Insights in the late Holocene vegetation history of the East European forest-steppe: case study Sudzha (Kursk region, Russia). Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 28, 513-528. DOI: 10.1007/s0033 4-018-00711-4.

Shumilovskikh L.S., Novenko E., Giesecke T. (2018) Long-term dynamics of East-European forest-steppe ecotone. Journal of Vegetation Science 29(3), 416-426. DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12585.

Shumilovskikh L.S., Novenko E.Yu., Giesecke T. (2017) Long-term dynamics of the East European forest-steppe ecotone. Journal of Vegetation Science, in press, Doi: 10.1111/jvs.12585.

Shumilovskikh L.S., Troshina A., Rodinkova V., Rodionova A., Novenko E., Ershova E., Kiselev D., Sycheva S.A., Zazovskaya E., Schlütz F., Schneeweiß J. Late Holocene vegetation history of the East European forest-steppe reconstructed from archaeological site Kurilovka-2 (Kursk region, Russia): off-site vs. on-site records. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, submitted.

Rodinkova V., Sycheva S., Shumilovskikh L., Ershova E., Ponomarenko E., Kiselev D. Man, soils and landscapes in the western part of the East European Forest-Steppe zone in the late Holocene (based on the materials of the Kurilovka 2 settlement, Kursk region, Russia). Quaternary International, submitted.


Shumilovskikh, L., Schneeweiß, J., Rodinkova, V., Troshina, A. (2017) Human role in creation of the East-European forest-steppe landscapes: case study Kurilovka. International open workshop 2017 “Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 12,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes V”, Киль (Германия) 20-24 марта 2017, c. 124.

Шумиловских Л.С., Трошина А., Родинкова В., Шнеевайс Й. (2017) История растительности памятника Куриловка-2 (Суджанский район, Курская область) в позднем голоцене. Актуальные проблемы современной палинологии: Материалы XIV Всероссийской палинологической конференции, посвященной памяти В.П. Гричука. Москва, 5-8 июня 2017, с. 392-394.

Родинкова В.Е., Сычева С.А., Шумиловских Л.С., Ершова Е.Г., Пономаренко Е.В., Батраченко Е.А. (2017) Почвы и ландшафты центра Русской равнины в раннеславянское время (по материалам поселения Куриловка-2 в Суджанском районе Курской области). Материалы Всероссийская междисциплинарной научной конференции с международным участием «Палеопочвы, палеоэколония, палеоэкономика». Пущино, 22–24 мая 2017, с. 162-167.


Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft: project SH 836/4-1