This project is exploring climate change and macro-societal, economic and demographic changes in western Eurasia over the last two millennia, using pollution and climate proxies from an Alpine ice core (from Colle Gnifetti, Switzerland) at ultra-high chronological resolution.
This inter-disciplinary research is led jointly by the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past, Harvard University; and the Climate Change Institute, University of Maine.
To date the team has focussed on early medieval to early modern lead pollution as proxies for major economic and social changes, impact of pandemics, and environmental impact on human health.
The next phase of the project is turning to the analysis of the historic climate record from the ice (funded by The Arcadia Fund, London, 2013-present). Chris Loveluck’s work focusses on the medieval archaeology, geoarchaeology and medieval history components of the project.
2013 - ongoing
The Arcadia Fund, London
University of NottinghamUniversity Park Nottingham, NG7 2RD
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