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Microstratigraphic Records as Tools for the Detection of Climatic Changes in Tana di Badalucco Cave (Liguria, NW Italy)

Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra dell’Ambiente e della Vita (DISTAV), University of Genova, Corso Europa 26, 16132 Genova, Italy
Polo Museale della Liguria, Via Balbi 10, 16126 Genova, Italy
Museo di Archeologia Ligure, Genova Pegli, Via Ignazio Pallavicini 11, 16155 Genova, Italy
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Geosciences 2019, 9(6), 276;
Received: 6 May 2019 / Revised: 17 June 2019 / Accepted: 19 June 2019 / Published: 22 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geoarchaeology: A Review of Case Studies in the Mediterranean Sea)
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Tana di Badalucco cave is located in Imperia (Liguria, Italy), not far from the French border. This site is scarcely known and it has never been studied accurately, even though different archaeological excavations have returned really important elements, both in the archaeological and the paleoenvironmental aspects. Its stratigraphy ranges from Middle Paleolithic to Metal Ages, thus it has registered important climate and environmental variations specific to the Upper Pleistocene and Holocene. From 2012, the Soprintendenza Archeologia della Liguria, the Museo di Archeologia Ligure, and DiSTAV (University of Genova) have been collaborating in order to finally study this promising and complex stratigraphy, trying to reconstruct the paleoenvironmental context of the region. In this work, we present what we were able to assess thanks to the use of micromorphology, the study of undisturbed thin soil sections. This technique has proven useful in recognizing the alternating of cold and warmer conditions during the Quaternary, as well as in identifying primitive signs of human and animal occupation. View Full-Text
Keywords: geoarchaeology; micromorphology; cave; climate change; quaternary geoarchaeology; micromorphology; cave; climate change; quaternary

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Sessa, E.; Rellini, I.; Traverso, A.; Molinari, I.; Montinari, G.; Rossi, G.; Firpo, M. Microstratigraphic Records as Tools for the Detection of Climatic Changes in Tana di Badalucco Cave (Liguria, NW Italy). Geosciences 2019, 9, 276.

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