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Sedimentological and archaeological evidence for a Late Antique Little Ice Age climate event (536–660 CE) as recorded in a fluvial strath terrace of the Esino River (Marche region, Italy)
Publication Date Jun 21, 2022
ABSTRACT Stratigraphic analysis of two sections of a fluvial strath terrace exposed on the left bank of the Esino River near the village of Trocchetti (province of Ancona, Marche region of central Italy), and the study of a large landslide located near the village of San Cristoforo, a few kilometers down valley from the Trocchetti fluvial terrace, provide evidence for two catastrophic environmental events, namely: (1) the aggradation on the riverbed of coarse, chaotic gravel due to a violent flashflood; and (2) the formation of a large ephemeral lake as the consequence of the landslide that barred the river channel at San Cristoforo. Archaeological and historical information about the lost Roman city of Tuficum, which was located just a kilometer upriver from the Trocchetti terrace, and ceramic artifacts found in the chaotic gravel unit, led us to the hypothesis that both the flashflood and the landslide were induced by the sudden, severe climate change of the Late Antique Little Ice Age (mid-sixth century to mid-seventh century CE).
Marche Region Of Central Italy Catastrophic Environmental Events Marche Region Historical Information Ice Age Chaotic Unit Formation Of Lake Late Age Region Of Italy Catastrophic Events
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