Session 3: Relative sea-level changes in Geo-archaeological context

Description

Relative sea-level (RSL) changes since the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM, ~30 to ~20 ka BP) primarily document the transfer of ice mass from the continents to the oceans during deglaciation.

On a regional scale, the interplay of glacio- and hydro-isostatic processes plays a significant role in defining the Holocene RSL changes. However, other factors have influenced RSL histories as well. As an example, vertical tectonic displacements often appear to be continuous and gradual over time, but frequently consist of large movements, for instance during earthquakes of great magnitude or volcanic activity.

The post-LGM RSL changes in the western Mediterranean have been investigated since the late 1960s. In particular, several studies have focused on the late Holocene (last 4 ka) using geo-archaeological archives to reconstruct past sea-level histories. In fact, a correct definition of the sea level position at the time of the coastal occupation is a key information for a corrected analysis of the men-enviornment interaction in historical and pre-historical periods.

 

The concept behind this session is to provide a forum for the discussion of the results of innovative approaches to reconstruct RSL changes with a particular focus on the archaeological contexts. We invite the authors to present case studies or state of art reviews dealing with multiproxy analysis of millennial coastal modifications. A major geographic focus of this session is the Mediterranean but examples from Oceanic coastlines are also very welcomed. 

 

Notably, we are interested in methodological tools to improve the accuracy of RSL reconstructions using archeological markers (such as harbours, fishtanks, slipways etc.) or standardized analysis of the sedimentary archives of past coastal modifications in historical, proto-historical and pre-historical periods. 

 

Session Chairs

Dr. Niki Evelpidou This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr. Konstantinos Vouvalidis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr. Matteo Vacchi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.