Holocene Lacustrine Carbonate Formation: Old Ideas in the Light of New Radiocarbon Data from a Single Site in Central Hungary
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CitationJenei, M., Gulyás, S., Sümegi, P., & Molnár, M. (2007). Holocene lacustrine carbonate formation; old ideas in the light of new radiocarbon data from a single site in central Hungary. Radiocarbon, 49(2), 1017-1021.
DescriptionFrom the 19th International Radiocarbon Conference held in Keble College, Oxford, England, April 3-7, 2006.
AbstractLacustrine carbonate deposition in Hungary has been traditionally interpreted as the outcome of the dry, hot climate prevailing between 7500 and 5000 14C yr BP (hereafter BP) (~6400 and 3800 BC), triggering the partial desiccation of minor ponds and lakes. A comparative analysis of 5 14C results from the site of Cslyosplos, central Hungary, with those of other Hungarian lacustrine carbonates yielded stunning new results. According to these new dates, carbonate deposition must have initiated much earlier, possibly around 10,000-11,000 BP (9500-11,000 BC) in the Carpathian Basin. Furthermore, the formation of lacustrine carbonates must have come to an end at very different times in different parts of the basin, contrasting previous views on the uniform and synchronous cessation of lacustrine carbonate formation in Hungary. According to the newest results presented here, carbonate deposition in the southern and southeastern parts of the basin ceased around 6000 BP (~4900 BC). Meanwhile, in the central parts, deposition continued as long as the terminal Bronze Age (~1300 BC).