Ceramics from ROJ-11, feature 165 (Tolksdorf et al. 2017)

Water-management in Central Germany based on geoarchaeological and palaeobotanical analyses of wells from the mid to late 3rd millennium BC at Roitzschjora

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Johann Friedrich Tolksdorf
Germo Schmalfuß
Christoph Herbig
Heiko Köster
Falko Turner †
Harald Stäuble


Only very view well features dating to the late 3rd millenium BC have been discovered so far from Central Germany. Here we present the results of palaeobotanical, sedimentological and archaeological analyses performed on three small well features from the Roitzschjora site. Our results prove that these group of features could serve as valuable palaeoenvironmental on-site records in spite of their poor preservation and small extent. The may espacially contribute to our general understanding of water management in comparatively dry environments and a more realistic assessment of the vulnerablity of these societies to small-scaled hydrological changes.

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Tolksdorf, Johann Friedrich, Germo Schmalfuß, Christoph Herbig, Heiko Köster, Falko Turner †, and Harald Stäuble. 2017. “Water-Management in Central Germany Based on Geoarchaeological and Palaeobotanical Analyses of Wells from the Mid to Late 3rd Millennium BC at Roitzschjora”. Journal of Neolithic Archaeology 19 (December), 127–140. https://doi.org/10.12766/jna.2017.5.