CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation

Jan Weber

Jan Weber

Human/paleo-environment Interactions in Southern Greece during the Bronze Age-Iron Age Transition: A Biomarker Perspective

Ludewig-Meyn-Straße 10, R. 106 

 Subproject E1: Transformations in early Greek societies and landscapes

PhD project

Human/paleoenvironmental interactions in southern Greece during the Bronze Age-Iron Age transition: A biomarker perspective

The main objectives of my PhD project are the reconstruction of the palaeoclimate and the vegetation changes in the region of Lake Stymphalia and Lake Trichonida (Greece) during the Bronze Age-Iron age transition. This period (12th to 8th century BCE) is very rare of archaeological records and therefore known as the “Greece Dark Age”. This thesis should clarify how the development of the early Greek societies was influenced by environmental changes. 

By analysing the core sediments of the two lakes e.g. in view of branched glycerol diakyl glycerol tetraether (GDGTs), it is possible to determine the mean annual ait temperature (MAAT) in the particular time period. Shifts in the distribution of long-chain saturated hydrocarbons can be associated with vegetation changes in the lake catchment, e.g. deciduous trees or grassland/steppe vegetation. Fluctuations in the botanic community might be a potential indicator of human activity, especially of farming and/or lumber harvesting.

CRC 1266 Interlinking group 


Research interests 

Organic Geochemistry, Biogeochemistry, Paleolimnology, Lipid Biomarkers, Paleoclimate Reconstruction, Stable Isotopes


2014 - 2017
University of Kiel, Master of Science in Geoscience. Master Thesis: Biogeochemie des Kaltereignisses der Jüngeren Dryas (Biogeochemistry of the cold event the Younger Dryas) 

2010 - 2014
University of Mainz, Bachelor of Science in Geoscience. Bachelor Thesis: Sklerochronologische und geochemische Untersuchungen an Napfschnecken der Patella sp. aus einer archäologischen Fundstelle in Kasteelberg, Südafrika (Sclerochronological and geochemical researches on limpets Patelella sp. from the archaeological site Kasteelberg, South Africa)

Work experience

2015 - 2016
Student assistant in the research group Organic Geochemistry at Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel

Student assistant in the research group Palaeontology at Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz

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