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Werner H. Schoch

Werner H. Schoch
Laboratory for Ancient Wood Research

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Epipalaeolithic, Mesolithic, rockshelter, mobile art, charcoal, animal bones, radiocarbon, microlithes
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Mitteilungen desHistorischenVereins des Kantons Schwyz 112, 11-16
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From 2013 to 2019, the prehistoric copper mining region of Oberhalbstein was in the focus of archaeological research carried out by the Department of Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Zurich in cooperation with the Archaeological Service of the Canton of Grisons. The surveys and excavations of mining and smelting structures unexpectedly...
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J. Reinhard / G. Schaeren / I. Hajdas / W. H. Schoch, Fundmeldung 'Steinhausen, Sumpfstrasse 18: C14-Datierungen und Holzartenbestimmung'. Tugium 35, 2019, 47-48.
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J. Reinhard / G. Schaeren / I. Hajdas / W. H. Schoch, Fundmeldung 'Steinhausen, Erlenweg 5: Sondierung und Aushubüberwachung'. Tugium 35, 2019, 44-46.
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Abstract – Grotta di Corbeddu is a cave system in the central North East of Sardinia. It is known as an archaeological site for its bone bearing layers, deposited by humans during the Palaeolithic. The cave was not only visited during the Pleistocene, sediments from the Holocene show many traces of human presence too. Members of the Institute of Pr...
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The exploitation of copper deposits in the mountainous areas of the Alps gained enormous economic importance particularly in the 2nd and 1st millennium B.C., as Alpine copper began to play a central role in the metal supply of Europe. This volume summarises the current state of research on prehistoric Alpine copper exploitation from the western and...
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J. Reinhard / D. Zimmermann / G.F. Schaeren / I. Hajdas / St. Steiner-Osimitz / S. Volken / M. Volken / W. Schoch, Fundmeldung 'Zug, Schützenmatt, Zielschacht Alpenquai: Sondierbohrungen und Aushubüberwachung'. Tugium 34, 2018, 48-50.
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Wüstung, Balm, Holzkohle, Mesolithikum, Jungsteinzeit, Römerzeit, Mittelalter
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The Berglibalm site is located in the municipality of Muotathal in the Bisistal valley at an altitude of 1140 m a.s.l. The excavated area of 2015 measured 4 m2 and yielded the remains of a single-phased Early Mesolithic layer dating from the period around 8100 BC. The charcoal concentrations recorded showed that hazel and maple were the main specie...
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The Paleolithic site of Schöningen is famous for the earliest known, completely preserved wooden weapons. Here we present recent results of an ongoing analysis of the nine spears, one lance, a double pointed stick, and a burnt stick dating to the Holsteinian, c. 300 kyr. Macroscopic and microscopic analyses, as well as studies of thin sections, con...
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The detailed excavation records of the pyres under the barrows of Cugir and Tarinci, the analysis of the human, animal and plant remains they contained, the metallurgical examination of the bronze objects from the vehicle burial of Cugir, and the ethnographic and experimental investigations of pyre cremations open new research perspectives concerni...
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The date of the volcanic eruption of Santorini that caused extensive damage to Minoan Crete has been controversial since the 1980s. Some have placed the event in the late seventeenth century BC. Others have made the case for a younger date of around 1500 BC. A recent contribution to that controversy has been the dating of an olive tree branch prese...
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The date of the volcanic eruption of Santorini that caused extensive damage toMinoan Crete has been controversial since the 1980s. Some have placed the event in the late seventeenth century BC. Others have made the case for a younger date of around 1500 BC. A recent contribution to that controversy has been the dating of an olive tree branch preser...
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Olive trees are a classic component of Mediterranean environments and some of them are known historically to be very old. In order to evaluate the possibility to use olive tree-rings for dendrochronology, we examined by various methods the reliability of olive tree-rings identification. Dendrochronological analyses of olive trees growing on the Aeg...
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The Roman site Eschenz, Tasgetium
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Subalpine and Alpine soils in Val di Sole (Trentino, Italy) have been investigated in order to reconstruct vegetation changes and human impact during the Holocene period. Archaeological findings have demonstrated that Alpine sites have been populated since pre-historical times. Humans have had a great impact on the natural landscape evolution. One...
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Abstract The Tibetan Plateau is highly sensitive to environmental changes and affects the settings of a far larger territory in Central Asia and beyond. Thus, knowledge on past environmental changes in that area is essential. Even though the Kyichu (Lhasa River) Valley and its tributaries is an easily accessible area, the Late Quaternary landscape...
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Charcoal and fossil wood taken from palaeosols, sediments and artificial structures were analysed in order to evaluate the regional pedoanthracological potential and to obtain information on Holocene environmental changes, particularly on possible past tree occurrences in southern Tibet. This research was initiated by the question to what extent th...
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Radiocarbon dating of macroscopic charcoal is a useful tool for paleoclimatic and paleoecologic reconstructions. Here we present results of 14C dating of charcoals found in charcoal-rich soils of Ticino and the Misox Valley (southern Switzerland) which indicate that the Late Glacial and early Holocene fires coincided with warm phases in the North A...
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Palaeobotanical investigations at the Niederweningen 2003 mammoth site concentrated on the middle peat layer, in which the remains of mammoth and other vertebrates have been found. This peat developed during an interstadial characterised by the presence of Picea. The slopes around the site were occupied by open forest tundra composed of species suc...
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The peat section at Niederweningen is a site of spectacular excavations of numerous bones of mammoth and other animals that was first recognized in the late 19th century. In 1987/1990, new excavations provided more peat material, which was radiocarbon dated to 33,000 14C years BP and 42,000 14C years BP. The first AMS radiocarbon ages of mammoth bo...
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Colluvial deposits consisting of silts and loams were detected in several climatologically different areas of NE Tibet (3200–3700 m a.s.l.). Layering, distinct organic content and low content of coarse matter as well as location in the relief revealed an origin from low-energy slope erosion (hillwash). Underlying and intercalated paleosols were cla...
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Colluvial deposits consisting of silts and loams were detected in several climatologically different areas of NE Tibet (3200-3700 m a.s.l.). Layering, distinct organic content and low content of coarse matter as well as location in the relief revealed an origin from low-energy slope erosion (hillwash). Underlying and intercalated paleosols were cla...
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Results of pedogeomorphological, geochronological and paleobotanical investigations are presented covering the last ca. 4,000 years. The study sites are located in the heavily degraded Kyichu River catchment around Lhasa at 3,600-4,600 m a.s.l. Repeatedly, colluvial sediments have been recorded overlying paleosols. These deposits can be divided int...
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Results of pedogeomorphological, geochronological and paleobotanical investigations are presented covering the last ca. 4,000 years. The study sites are located in the heavily degraded Kyichu River catchment around Lhasa at 3,600-4,600 m a.s.l. Repeatedly, colluvial sediments have been recorded overlying paleosols. These deposits can be divided int...
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The yew (Taxus baccata L.) is not generally considered to be susceptible to fungal infections or destructive insects. In the Furstenwald near Chur (Canton Grisons, Switzerland) however, every fourth yew in a population manifests widespread stem canker. Fungal infection is suspected to be the cause of the cankerous growth.
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We review the literature dealing with mediterranean climate, vegetation, phenology and ecophysiology relevant to the understanding of tree-ring formation in mediterranean regions. Tree rings have been used extensively in temperate regions to reconstruct responses of forests to past environmental changes. In mediterranean regions, studies of tree ri...
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Charcoal fragments were found in a podzolic soil profile in a slope above Intragna, canton of Ticino, Switzerland. Through species and genus analysis as well as ¹⁴C dating it was found that soil development amounted to ±100cm in about 7000 years. The appearance of chestnut since the Roman epoch as revealed by pollen analysis corresponds to the char...
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The authors look at the geomorphology with especial reference to late glacial phases, the present vegetation and fossil wood in the peat of lake Plan. At 2140 m the Tourbiere de la Mazelle has already been studied. All the studied postglacial phases existed here. The present potential forest limit is 2200 m, but man has pushed it down to 2000 m. Va...
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Synopsis: On the occasion of an excavation in 1984 remains of a resting place during the late-glacial period were discovered and examined. The analysis of the charcoals proved that the climate around of the resting place, was as cool as that of a Tundra-landscape north of the timber line with open vegetation. In the Azulen the occurance of juniper...

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