Articles | Volume 7, issue 1
Original research article
28 Jun 2021
Original research article |  | 28 Jun 2021

Middle Bronze Age land use practices in the northwestern Alpine foreland – a multi-proxy study of colluvial deposits, archaeological features and peat bogs

Sascha Scherer, Benjamin Höpfer, Katleen Deckers, Elske Fischer, Markus Fuchs, Ellen Kandeler, Jutta Lechterbeck, Eva Lehndorff, Johanna Lomax, Sven Marhan, Elena Marinova, Julia Meister, Christian Poll, Humay Rahimova, Manfred Rösch, Kristen Wroth, Julia Zastrow, Thomas Knopf, Thomas Scholten, and Peter Kühn


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on soil-2020-84', Steven Shelley, 01 Mar 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on soil-2020-84', Anonymous Referee #2, 26 Mar 2021
    • AC2: 'Final response (referee commments #1 and #2)', Sascha Scherer, 21 Apr 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (23 Apr 2021) by Jeffrey Homburg
AR by Sascha Scherer on behalf of the Authors (02 May 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (07 May 2021) by Jeffrey Homburg
ED: Publish as is (10 May 2021) by Jeanette Whitaker(Executive Editor)
Short summary
This paper aims to reconstruct Middle Bronze Age (MBA) land use practices in the northwestern Alpine foreland (SW Germany, Hegau). We used a multi-proxy approach including biogeochemical proxies from colluvial deposits in the surroundings of a MBA settlement, on-site archaeobotanical and zooarchaeological data and off-site pollen data. From our data we infer land use practices such as plowing, cereal growth, forest farming and use of fire that marked the beginning of major colluvial deposition.