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We studied snails from Holocene river sediments of the upper Alazani River in the southeastern Caucasus. Since no natural floodplain forests existed in the river valley until ca. 4500 years ago, our snail data confirm a formerly suggested regional settlement center from the ca. 8000 years unknown thus far. Furthermore, increasing proportions of water-related snails for ca. 4000 years indicate a shift of the river course possibly linked with the formation of the Greater Caucasus.
EGQSJ | Articles | Volume 69, issue 2
E&G Quaternary Sci. J., 69, 247–260, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/egqsj-69-247-2020
E&G Quaternary Sci. J., 69, 247–260, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/egqsj-69-247-2020

Research article 14 Dec 2020

Research article | 14 Dec 2020

Snail assemblages in Holocene floodplain research – an example from the southern Caucasus

Hans von Suchodoletz et al.

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We studied snails from Holocene river sediments of the upper Alazani River in the southeastern Caucasus. Since no natural floodplain forests existed in the river valley until ca. 4500 years ago, our snail data confirm a formerly suggested regional settlement center from the ca. 8000 years unknown thus far. Furthermore, increasing proportions of water-related snails for ca. 4000 years indicate a shift of the river course possibly linked with the formation of the Greater Caucasus.
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