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Phytolith and Spatial Analysis of an Early Middle Age Urnyak Hillfort in the Middle Volga, Russia

Authors: Brook Hoffman*, Saint Cloud State University, Mikhail Blinnikov, St. Cloud State University, Leonid Vyazov, Kazan Federal University
Topics: Eurasia, Paleoenvironmental Change, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: spatial analysis, drone mapping, DEM model, settlement mapping, historic preservation, phytoliths, sediment archives, paleoenvironmental, Russia
Session Type: Poster
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Investigations of natural-cultural connections of the Imenkovan people of the Middle Volga (ca. 4-7 centuries CE) have been conducted by utilizing precise 3D mapping and spatial analysis of a well-preserved 5th century CE Urnyak hillfort including a one kilometer radius, as well as phytolith extraction from off-site sedimentary archives. Our goal was to create a reconstruction of the extent of agricultural activity of the settlement’s residents. This research provides further information on the sequential development of the landscape throughout the Holocene and reveals different forms of land-use change by post-Neolithic peoples.

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