Dating climatic episodes of the holocene Chatroullettelove
Bottom panels are corresponding surface temperature anomalies simulated by the Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project Phase 2 and 3 (PMIP2 and PMIP3).
Graphic from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report.
This paper reports on statistical analyses of radiocarbon dates associated with environmental change and cultural change.
Over 800 C dates associated with pollen maxima and minima, sea level maxima and minima, and top and bottom surfaces of peat beds were simultaneously analyzed to identify times of globally synchronous environmental discontinuities.
have all been used to refer to this warm period that marked the middle of the current interglacial period.
Some 3700 C dates associated with 155 cultural continua of the world were collectively analyzed to identify worldwide synchroneities in appearance and termination of the cultures.
Significant globally synchronous discontinuities were identified in each independent analysis.
Today, however, we know that these terms are obsolete and that the truth of the Holocene is more complicated than originally believed.
What is most remarkable about the mid-Holocene is that we now have a good understanding of both the global patterns of temperature change during that period and what caused them.