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Red Sea Palaeoclimate: Stable Isotope and Element-Ratio Analysis of Marine Mollusc Shells

Hausmann, Niklas; Kokkinaki, Olga; Leng, Melanie J.

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Authors

Niklas Hausmann

Olga Kokkinaki



Contributors

Najeeb M.A. Rasullan
Editor

C. F. Stewart
Editor

Abstract

The southern Red Sea coast is the location of more than 4,200 archaeological shell midden sites. These shell middens preserve archaeological and climatic archives of unprecedented resolution and scale. By using shells from these contexts, it is possible to link past environmental information with episodes of human occupation and resource processing. This chapter summarises current knowledge about the marine gastropod Conomurex fasciatus (Born 1778) and discusses its use in environmental and climatic reconstruction using stable isotope and elemental ratio analysis. It offers a review of the most recent studies of shell midden sites on the Farasan Islands, their regional importance during the mid-Holocene, theories about seasonal use of the coastal landscape, and preliminary results from new methods to acquire large climatic datasets from C. fasciatus shells.

Online Publication Date Dec 5, 2018
Publication Date 2019
Deposit Date Dec 10, 2018
Publicly Available Date Dec 6, 2020
Publisher Springer
Pages 725-740
Book Title Geological Setting, Palaeoenvironment and Archaeology of the Red Sea
ISBN 9783319994079
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-99408-6_33
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1401313
Publisher URL https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-99408-6_33

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