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4th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

Berlin, March 29-April 3, 2004


"Paleoclimate Proxy Data for

Holocene East Mediterranean and West Asia"

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This workshop aims to synthesize the proxy data retrieved from ice, lake, marine and speleothem cores across West Asia and adjacent regions (see attached figure) to establish coherent (in-phase) and synoptic (simultaneous) sequences of natural Holocene climate stages and abrupt events defined by their precipitation, temperature, seasonality, and other qualities. This synthesis may provide a base-line for building regional prehistoric and ancient agro-production functions and for distinguishing anthropogenic from natural environmental alterations during the period 11.5 – 2 kaBP.

  • Miriam Bar-Matthews, Jerusalem
  • Utz Böhner, Hannover
  • Stephen Burns, UMass, Amherst
  • Mauro Cremaschi, Milan
  • Françoise Gasse, CNRS
  • Stefan Kröpelin, Köln
  • Mike Krum, Leeds
  • Catherine Kuzuçuöğlü, CNRS
  • Anne Muller, Magdeburg
  • Antje Schwalb, Braunschweig
  • Mike Staubwasser, Oxford
  • Lonnie Thompson, OSU
  • Elise van Campo, CNRS
  • Harvey Weiss, Yale
  • Bernhard Weninger, Köln
  • Lucia Wick, Zurich
  • Kathy Willis, Oxford
  • Yoshinori Yasuda, Kyoto

Papers to be presented and discussed will focus upon individual proxy records and archives, the quantification of proxy values and the precise dating which permits measures of coherent and synoptic regional climate.

Day 1: 4 hours, 8 papers

Day 2: 4 hours, 8 papers

Day 1 and Day 2 will be hosted by the 4th ICAANE at Freie Universität Berlin. Day 1 and Day 2 evening dinner discussions will initiate regional syntheses and research frontiers. A draft synthesis will be presented to the ICAANE general meeting.

Participants can register at .

Please submit paper title and abstract to ICAANE
( ) and to prior to December 15, 2003.

The workshop’s contributions and syntheses will be published in 2005. Additional participants welcome.

For more information contact:
Professor Harvey Weiss
Y a l e U n i v e r s i t y
New Haven CT 06520 - 8236

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