Paleolandscape reconstruction based on the study of a buried soil of the bronze age in the broadleaf forest area of the russian plain

Elena Aseyeva, Alexander Makeev, Fatima Kurbanova, Pavel Kust, Alexey Rusakov, Olga Khokhlova, Evgeniy Mihailov, Tatiana Puzanova, Alexandra Golyeva

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Abstract

Late Holocene landscape evolution at the southern frontier of the forest belt of European Russia is studied based on detailed morphological, analytical and microbiomorphic research of a soil chronosequence that included a surface soil and a soil buried under the Bronze Age kurgan. Both soils (Folic Eutric Cambisols) are formed on similar geomorphic surfaces in the same parent material and in close proximity to each other. The soil morphology and the key analytical features are controlled by low-reactive parent material and imply close similarity of the present landscapes and those of the Bronze age. At the same time the morphological features show that the buried soil was influenced by the phase of weak aridization, which led to the formation of a dark mull humus horizon. Microbiomorphic assemblages (phytoliths, pollen) support the earlier conclusion that the soils of the study area had being developed mostly under forest vegetation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111
Number of pages27
JournalGeosciences (Switzerland)
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

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  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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