Reconstructing forest history from archaeological data: A case study in the Duero basin assessing the origin of controversial forests and the loss of tree populationsof great biogeographical interest

Hernández, Laura and Rubiales Jimenez, Juan Manuel and Morales del Molino, Cesar and Romero, Fernando and Sanz, Carlos and Gómez Manzaneque, Fernando (2011). Reconstructing forest history from archaeological data: A case study in the Duero basin assessing the origin of controversial forests and the loss of tree populationsof great biogeographical interest. "Forest Ecology and Management", v. 261 (n. 7); pp. 1178-1187. ISSN 0378-1127. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2010.12.033.

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Title: Reconstructing forest history from archaeological data: A case study in the Duero basin assessing the origin of controversial forests and the loss of tree populationsof great biogeographical interest
Author/s:
  • Hernández, Laura
  • Rubiales Jimenez, Juan Manuel
  • Morales del Molino, Cesar
  • Romero, Fernando
  • Sanz, Carlos
  • Gómez Manzaneque, Fernando
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Forest Ecology and Management
Date: April 2011
ISSN: 0378-1127
Volume: 261
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Palaeoecology; Anthracology; Iron Age II; Mediterranean pines; Pinus gr. sylvestris/nigra; Interglacial refugia; Forest management; Inland Spain
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Montes (UPM)
Department: Silvopascicultura [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The study of more than 700 charcoals from the Vaccaean settlement of Pintia (Padilla del Duero, Valladolid) provides new local and detailed data about the Iron Age II forest composition in Continental–Mediterranean inland Spain. Pinus gr. sylvestris/nigra (from which an unexpectedly high number of charcoals were identified), together with Mediterranean pines (also highly represented), Juniperus L. and evergreen and deciduous Quercus, were the main taxa living in the area, revealing two different marked biogeographical elements in the late-Holocene landscapes of the Duero basin: Mediterranean and Eurosiberian. On one hand, the results shed new light on the assessment of the origin of Mediterranean pinewoods in the area. On the other hand, the charcoal assemblage of Pintia reveals a more important presence of the current Mediterranean highland pines in the lowlands of the Central Iberian Peninsula in the late-Holocene suggesting the existence of interglacial refugia. Finally, this work highlights palaeoecological studies as valuable tools to support decisions on forest management related to conservation and restoration of our natural heritage.

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Item ID: 6970
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/6970/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:6970
DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2010.12.033
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03781127
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 20 May 2011 08:21
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 16:05
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