Brisset, Elodie Pauline
Sponsor: Postdoctoral Marie Curie EU Grant (H2020-MSCA Marie-Curie -IF-2015)
I am currently in postdoc at IPHES in the frame of the MedCoRes project (project leader, funding: MSCA-European Union).
My project “Mediterranean Coastal Resources: benefits and constraints for Prehistoric hunters-gatherers” aims to investigate how Mediterranean coastal ecosystems and climatic changes over the last 19,000 years have affected settlement and subsistence patterns during the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition. Studying past human adaptation in coastal zones is a key research topic to understand processes of economic intensification and human resilience to environmental change.
I proposed to reconstruct the evolution of coastal landscapes around a well-known Mesolithic settlement area through the multi-proxy analysis of sediment cores from the Gulf of Valencia (Spain). My main objectives are to reconstruct the paleogeographical evolution of the site (geomorphology, sedimentology, aquatic fauna) and the vegetation history associated to human land-use (pollen, charcoal).
Through comparisons between our paleoenvironmental results and those obtained from archaeological contexts, we expect to investigate further how environments may have had acted as ecosystems services for past humans.
Keywords: geomorphology, paleoecology, sediment archives, Lateglacial-Holocene, Human-Environment-Climate interactions