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Tropical limestone forest resilience and late Pleistocene foraging during MIS‐2 in the Tràng an Massif, Vietnam

Rabett, RJ and Ludgate, N and Stimpson, C and Hill, E and Hunt, CO and Ceron, J and Farr, L and Morley, M and Reynolds, T and Zukswert, H and Simpson, D and Nyiri, B and Verhoven, M and Appleby, J and Meneeley, J and Phan, L and Dong, N-N and Lloyd-Smith, L and Hawkes, J and Blyth, A and Nguyêń Cao Tâń, (2016) Tropical limestone forest resilience and late Pleistocene foraging during MIS‐2 in the Tràng an Massif, Vietnam. Quaternary International. ISSN 1040-6182

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Abstract

In this paper we present a multi‐proxy study of tropical limestone forest and its utilization by human groups during the major climatic and environmental upheavals of MIS‐2 (29‐11.7 kBP). Our data are drawn from new field research within the Tràng An World Heritage property on the edge of the Red River Delta, northern Vietnam. Key findings from this study include 1) that limestone forest formations were resilient to the large‐scale landscape transformation of the Sunda continent at the end of the last glaciation; 2) that prehistoric human groups were probably present in this habitat through‐out MIS‐2; and 3) that the forested, insular, karst of Tràng An provided foragers with a stable resource‐base in a wider changing landscape. These results have implications for our understanding of the prehistoric utilization of karst environments and resonance for their conservation in the face of climate and environmental change today.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0406 Physical Geography And Environmental Geoscience, 2101 Archaeology, 0403 Geology
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QE Geology
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2016 10:18
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2017 08:32
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4615

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