Special Issue "Soils as Archives of Human-Nature Interaction"

A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Alexandra A. Golyeva
Guest Editor
Russian Academy of Science
Interests: palaeopedology; palaeoecology in the Holocene; soil science; archaeopedology; ancient anthropogenic landscape reconstructions; microbiomorphycal analysis; soil science analysis
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Soil is not only an important natural resource, it is also the main archive of the entire history of mankind. All civilizations, on all continents, arose, developed and collapsed on the soil. People influenced the soil, changed it—created cultural layers, ploughed, grazed cattle. They cut down trees, changed riverbeds, and created or drained lakes—that is, they completely changed the original landscape, primarily soil and vegetation. Consequently, in soils and soil-sedimentary deposits, a huge information pool has been preserved about the economic, household and ritual activities of people in the past.

This information can be of a different nature, in the form of unusual properties of the soils themselves or individual horizons, various macro- and microinclusions (coals, phytoliths, pollen, etc.), or in the enzymatic and microbial composition.

We invite all specialists working in the field of archaeological soil science and geoarchaeology to send their articles so that colleagues can benefit from their results. We have no restrictions on research methods—everything new will be welcomed. Articles that have taken an integrated approach will be especially welcome, as the results are usually the most informative and interesting in this case. 

Prof. Dr. Alexandra A. Golyeva
Guest Editor

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  • Archaeopedology
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Pollen, phytoliths and other microparticles
  • Charcoal as result of humans
  • Burial mound
  • Cultural layers
  • Unusual chemical properties
  • Ferments

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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