MedClivar conference “Learning from the past, perceiving the present, engaging for the future” Athens, 26-30 September 2016

Martin Finné and Erika Weiberg, both from the NEO associated department, Dept. of Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University, participated in the 4th MedClivar conference “Learning from the past, perceiving the present, engaging for the future”, in Athens 26-30 September. The MedClivar conference gathered a large number of mainly climatologist, meteorologist and paleoclimatologists/paleoenvironmentalists but also some archaeologists.

Martin presented a new paleoclimate record based on stable isotopes from a speleothem from the cave Mavri Trypa in SW Peloponnese. Erika gave a presentation that focused on the archaeological impact of the climate especially during the Bronze Age with the new record from Mavri Trypa as a starting point. In combination, the two papers aimed to give a more nuanced picture of the whole Bronze Age rather than just focusing on specific events that is usually the case. In this way, focus were put on periods of social decline and prosperity as well as on times of deteriorating climate and improved climate. The work on the Mavri Trypa record is closely related to NEO. Both presentations are also part of the research project “Domesticated Landscapes of the Peloponnese”, which will run over 4 years and started in 2015.