Stunning recent results from our collaboration with the Climate Change Institute of the University of Maine, reveal new evidence about our human past sealed within the Colle Gnifetti ice core. A groundbreaking new, open-access article in Antiquity, sheds new light on the foundations of the European economy and the devastating volcanic eruption of 536AD.
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The new findings were presented by the team at Harvard University:
Michael McCormick (Chair of SoHP and Goelet Professor of Medieval History) with Christopher Loveluck (Professor of Medieval Archaeology, University of Nottingham):
"From Roman Gold to Merovingian "Pale Gold," to Medieval Silver."
Paul A. Mayewski (Director of the Climate Change Institute, and Distinguished Professor, University of Maine):
"Extending the Climate Record into the Pre-Instrumental Era, Decades to Millennia."
Andrei V. Kurbatov (Associate Professor, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine):
"Tephra Evidence of the 536AD Volcanic Eruption."
Heather Clifford (MSc Candidate, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine):
"Insights from the Colle Gnifetti Ice Core."
Alexander More (Assistant Research Professor & Postdoctoral Research Associate CCI-Harvard):
"The Impact of Extreme Weather on WWI and Spanish Flu Pandemic Mortality 100 years ago."
Full reference article: C. P. Loveluck, M. McCormick, N. Spaulding, H. Clifford, M.J. Handley, L. Hartman, H. Hoffmann, E.V. Koroktikh, A.V. Kurbatov, A. F. More, S.B. Sneed, P. A. Mayewski, "Alpine ice-core evidence for the transformation of the European monetary system, AD 640–670," Antiquity 2018 https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2018.110
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