Discovery of tephra on the Grabow 15 floodplain site, northern Germany. / Housley, Rupert; Tolksdorf, Johann Friedrich; Turner, Falko; Veil, Stephan.

In: Die Kunde, Vol. 64, No. 2013, 30.12.2015.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Forthcoming

Standard

Discovery of tephra on the Grabow 15 floodplain site, northern Germany. / Housley, Rupert; Tolksdorf, Johann Friedrich; Turner, Falko; Veil, Stephan.

In: Die Kunde, Vol. 64, No. 2013, 30.12.2015.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Harvard

Housley, R, Tolksdorf, JF, Turner, F & Veil, S 2015, 'Discovery of tephra on the Grabow 15 floodplain site, northern Germany', Die Kunde, vol. 64, no. 2013.

APA

Housley, R., Tolksdorf, J. F., Turner, F., & Veil, S. (Accepted/In press). Discovery of tephra on the Grabow 15 floodplain site, northern Germany. Die Kunde, 64(2013).

Vancouver

Housley R, Tolksdorf JF, Turner F, Veil S. Discovery of tephra on the Grabow 15 floodplain site, northern Germany. Die Kunde. 2015 Dec 30;64(2013).

Author

Housley, Rupert ; Tolksdorf, Johann Friedrich ; Turner, Falko ; Veil, Stephan. / Discovery of tephra on the Grabow 15 floodplain site, northern Germany. In: Die Kunde. 2015 ; Vol. 64, No. 2013.

BibTeX

@article{a356948e4cd246fc84362b9c70a8f86d,
title = "Discovery of tephra on the Grabow 15 floodplain site, northern Germany",
abstract = "An investigation of the late Palaeolithic {\textquoteleft}Federmesser{\textquoteright} floodplain site of Grabow 15 reveals the presence of {\textquoteleft}cryptotephra{\textquoteright} (non-visible volcanic ash) in a disturbed late Holocene deposit which overlies the late-glacial archaeology. Geochemical analyses demonstrate the tephra originates from Iceland; most likely from an eruption of the volcano of Askja. In the late Holocene there are two known eruptions of Askja: the historical AD 1875 eruption and the earlier {\textquoteleft}Glen Garry{\textquoteright} tephra, which is only known as a horizon outside of Iceland. Although similarity of composition prevents these contenders being distinguished on their geochemistry alone, nevertheless, the presence of such volcanic glass at the site of Grabow demonstrates the potential for applying tephrostratigraphy in archaeological settings, especially in regions where multiple ash footprints are known to be present. The presence of very low numbers of volcanic glass shards in an adjacent river palaeochannel suggests the presence of another, potentially important, tephra in the region. However, failure to obtain a geochemical signature leaves open the origin of the ash and questions whether it constitutes a primary fall event.",
keywords = "Lower Saxony, Elbe-Jeetzel valley, Late Holocene, Volcanic ash, Askja, Iceland",
author = "Rupert Housley and Tolksdorf, {Johann Friedrich} and Falko Turner and Stephan Veil",
year = "2015",
month = dec,
day = "30",
language = "English",
volume = "64",
journal = "Die Kunde",
issn = "0342-0736",
number = "2013",

}

RIS

TY - JOUR

T1 - Discovery of tephra on the Grabow 15 floodplain site, northern Germany

AU - Housley, Rupert

AU - Tolksdorf, Johann Friedrich

AU - Turner, Falko

AU - Veil, Stephan

PY - 2015/12/30

Y1 - 2015/12/30

N2 - An investigation of the late Palaeolithic ‘Federmesser’ floodplain site of Grabow 15 reveals the presence of ‘cryptotephra’ (non-visible volcanic ash) in a disturbed late Holocene deposit which overlies the late-glacial archaeology. Geochemical analyses demonstrate the tephra originates from Iceland; most likely from an eruption of the volcano of Askja. In the late Holocene there are two known eruptions of Askja: the historical AD 1875 eruption and the earlier ‘Glen Garry’ tephra, which is only known as a horizon outside of Iceland. Although similarity of composition prevents these contenders being distinguished on their geochemistry alone, nevertheless, the presence of such volcanic glass at the site of Grabow demonstrates the potential for applying tephrostratigraphy in archaeological settings, especially in regions where multiple ash footprints are known to be present. The presence of very low numbers of volcanic glass shards in an adjacent river palaeochannel suggests the presence of another, potentially important, tephra in the region. However, failure to obtain a geochemical signature leaves open the origin of the ash and questions whether it constitutes a primary fall event.

AB - An investigation of the late Palaeolithic ‘Federmesser’ floodplain site of Grabow 15 reveals the presence of ‘cryptotephra’ (non-visible volcanic ash) in a disturbed late Holocene deposit which overlies the late-glacial archaeology. Geochemical analyses demonstrate the tephra originates from Iceland; most likely from an eruption of the volcano of Askja. In the late Holocene there are two known eruptions of Askja: the historical AD 1875 eruption and the earlier ‘Glen Garry’ tephra, which is only known as a horizon outside of Iceland. Although similarity of composition prevents these contenders being distinguished on their geochemistry alone, nevertheless, the presence of such volcanic glass at the site of Grabow demonstrates the potential for applying tephrostratigraphy in archaeological settings, especially in regions where multiple ash footprints are known to be present. The presence of very low numbers of volcanic glass shards in an adjacent river palaeochannel suggests the presence of another, potentially important, tephra in the region. However, failure to obtain a geochemical signature leaves open the origin of the ash and questions whether it constitutes a primary fall event.

KW - Lower Saxony

KW - Elbe-Jeetzel valley

KW - Late Holocene

KW - Volcanic ash

KW - Askja

KW - Iceland

M3 - Article

VL - 64

JO - Die Kunde

JF - Die Kunde

SN - 0342-0736

IS - 2013

ER -