Aeolian sedimentation in the Rhine and Main area from the Late Glacial until the Mid-Holocene

Johann Friedrich Tolksdorf, Knut Kaiser, Thomas Terberger, Nicole Klasen, Birgit Schneider & Peter Masberg
Aeolian sediments (sandy loess, aeolian sand) were studied by pedological and geochronological (OSL) methods to reconstruct their stratigraphy and age, and to relate these results to archaeological evidence. The results prove loess accumulation on an older ventifact horizon during the Late Glacial period followed by layers of aeolian sand also dating to the Late Glacial period. Holocene aeolian sedimentation (6.9 ka) was recorded within the excavation site, which probably indicates Neolithic human impact that locally...