Inside - Outside: Integrating Cave and Open-Air Archives


This special issue of Quaternary International covers 14 papers that were presented at the International Science Meeting “Inside – Outside: Integrating Cave and Open‐Air Archives” at the University of Cologne. The workshop was organized between the 6th and 9th of April 2016 by
the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 806 “Our Way to Europe: Culture-Environment Interaction and Human Mobility in the Late Quaternary”. Within the framework of this research initiative, which is
funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and is based at the Universities of Cologne, Bonn and Aachen, scientists of different disciplines are investigating the dispersal of Anatomically Modern Humans from Africa into Eurasia and their population dynamics (Richter et al., 2012). This Interdisciplinary research combines geoscientific and archaeological methods in order to reconstruct past climates, population changes and living conditions to understand push and pull factors of the
dispersal and the retreat of our ancestors. The time frame of research of the CRC 806 spans the last 190,000 years and investigates the dispersal of Modern Man from East Africa into the Middle East and their spread into Central Europe.
The idea behind the “Inside – Outside” workshop was to bring experts from various fields of research – such as archaeology, geography, geology and geophysics – into direct dialog about how to correlate
different archaeological records as caves, rock-shelters and open-air sites. This formed the basis for our scientific meeting and this special issue. To our knowledge, it is the first compilation of papers on correlating research in cave archives and in open-air archives. This “Inside – Outside” special issue summarises the current state of knowledge as well as insights into challenging aspects of correlating data of human occupation and palaeoenvironmental data at different tempo-spatial scales by presenting cutting-edge methods, detailed case studies and modelling approaches.


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Kindermann, K., Kehl, M., Hauck, T., Klasen, N. (2018): Inside - Outside: Integrating Cave and Open-Air Archives. Elsevier Ltd. – In: Quaternary International, p: 1-3, DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2018.06.001

Authors Kindermann, Karin and Kehl, Martin and Hauck, Thomas and Klasen, Nicole
Type article
Title Inside - Outside: Integrating Cave and Open-Air Archives
DOI 10.1016/j.quaint.2018.06.001
Journal Quaternary International
Year 2018
Number 485
Pages 1-3
Publisher Elsevier Ltd.
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