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The 4.2 ka BP Event in the Mediterranean region: an overview (2019)
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Bini, M., Zanchetta, G., Perşoiu, A., Cartier, R., Català, A., Cacho, I., …Brisset, E. (2019). The 4.2 ka BP Event in the Mediterranean region: an overview. Climate of the Past, 15, 555-577. https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-555-2019

The Mediterranean region and the Levant have returned some of the clearest evidence of a climatically dry period occurring around 4200 years ago. However, some regional evidence is controversial and contradictory, and issues remain regarding timing,... Read More

20,000 years of societal vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in southwest Asia (2019)
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Jones, M. D., Djamali, M., Alshdaifat, A., Baird, D., Fleitmann, D., Cook, B. I., …Weeks, L. (2019). 20,000 years of societal vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in southwest Asia. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, 6(2), https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1330

The Fertile Crescent, its hilly flanks and surrounding drylands has been a critical region for studying how climate has influenced societal change, and this review focuses on the region over the last 20,000 years. The complex social, economic, and en... Read More

Environmental change during MIS4 and MIS 3 opened corridors in the Horn of Africa for Homo sapiens expansion (2018)
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Viehberg, F. A., Just, J., Dean, J. R., Wagner, B., Franz, S. O., Klasen, N., …Schäbitz, F. (2018). Environmental change during MIS4 and MIS 3 opened corridors in the Horn of Africa for Homo sapiens expansion. Quaternary science reviews, 202, 139-153. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.09.008

© 2018 The Authors Archaeological findings, numerical human dispersal models and genome analyses suggest several time windows in the past 200 kyr (thousands of years ago) when anatomically modern humans (AMH) dispersed out of Africa into the Levant a... Read More

Investigating the environmental interpretation of oxygen and carbon isotope data from whole and fragmented bivalve shells (2018)
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Lacey, J., Leng, M., Peckover, E., Dean, J., Wilke, T., Francke, A., …Wagner, B. (2018). Investigating the environmental interpretation of oxygen and carbon isotope data from whole and fragmented bivalve shells. Quaternary science reviews, 194, 55-61. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.06.025

Sclerochronological data from whole bivalve shells have been used extensively to derive palaeoenvironmental information. However, little is known about the relevance of shell fragments more commonly preserved in the sediment record. Here, we investig... Read More

A review of the stable isotope bio-geochemistry of the global silicon cycle and its associated trace elements (2018)
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De Souza, G. F., Swann, G. E., Sutton, J. N., André, L., Cardinal, D., Conley, D. J., …Panizzo, V. N. (2018). A review of the stable isotope bio-geochemistry of the global silicon cycle and its associated trace elements. Frontiers in Earth Science, 5, doi:10.3389/feart.2017.00112. ISSN 2296-6463

© 2018 Sutton, André, Cardinal, Conley, de Souza, Dean, Dodd, Ehlert, Ellwood, Frings, Grasse, Hendry, Leng, Michalopoulos, Panizzo and Swann. Silicon (Si) is the second most abundant element in the Earth’s crust and is an important nutrient in the o... Read More

Seasonality of Holocene hydroclimate in the Eastern Mediterranean reconstructed using the oxygen isotope composition of carbonates and diatoms from Lake Nar, central Turkey (2017)
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Dean, J. R., Jones, M. D., Leng, M. J., Sloane, H. J., Eastwood, W. J., Roberts, C. N., …Sloane, H. (2018). Seasonality of Holocene hydroclimate in the Eastern Mediterranean reconstructed using the oxygen isotope composition of carbonates and diatoms from Lake Nar, central Turkey. Holocene, 28(2), 267-276. https://doi.org/10.1177/0959683617721326

A positive shift in the oxygen isotope composition (δ¹⁸O) of lake carbonates in the Eastern Mediterranean from the early to late Holocene is usually interpreted as a change to drier (reduced precipitation and evaporation (P/E)) conditions. However, i... Read More

A tale of two lakes: a multi-proxy comparison of Lateglacial and Holocene environmental change in Cappadocia, Turkey (2016)
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Roberts, N., Allcock, S. L., Arnaud, F., Dean, J. R., Eastwood, W. J., Jones, M. D., …Yiğitbaşıoğlu, H. (2016). A tale of two lakes: a multi-proxy comparison of Lateglacial and Holocene environmental change in Cappadocia, Turkey. Journal of quaternary science : JQS, 31(4), 348-362. doi:10.1002/jqs.2852

Individual palaeoenvironmental records represent a combination of regional‐scale (e.g. climatic) and site‐specific local factors. Here we compare multiple climate proxies from two nearby maar lake records, assuming that common signals are due to regi... Read More

Early Holocene palaeoseasonality inferred from the stable isotope composition of Unio shells from Çatalhöyük, Turkey (2016)
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Lewis, J. P., Leng, M. J., Dean, J. R., Marciniak, A., Bar-Yosef Mayer, D. E., & Wu, X. (2017). Early Holocene palaeoseasonality inferred from the stable isotope composition of Unio shells from Çatalhöyük, Turkey. Environmental Archaeology, 22(1), 79-95. doi:10.1080/14614103.2015.1116216

Seasonal δ13C and δ18O data are presented from 14 Unio sub-fossil shells unearthed at the archaeological site of Çatalhöyük in central Turkey, spanning the occupation period ca. 9150–8000 cal years BP. The shells likely lived in the small lakes/wetla... Read More

Eastern Mediterranean hydroclimate over the late glacial and Holocene, reconstructed from the sediments of Nar lake, central Turkey, using stable isotopes and carbonate mineralogy (2015)
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Dean, J. R., Jones, M. D., Leng, M. J., Noble, S. R., Metcalfe, S. E., Sloane, H. J., …Roberts, C. N. (2015). Eastern Mediterranean hydroclimate over the late glacial and Holocene, reconstructed from the sediments of Nar lake, central Turkey, using stable isotopes and carbonate mineralogy. Quaternary science reviews, 124, 162-174. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.07.023

There is a lack of high-resolution records of hydroclimate variability in the Eastern Mediterranean from the late glacial and early Holocene. More knowledge of the speed of climate shifts and the degree to which they were synchronous with changes in... Read More