CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation

Sascha Krüger

Sascha Krüger

Nutritional Potential of Late Glacial Landscapes

Schloss Gottorf
Telefon: +49 4621 813-601 

Subproject B1: Pioneers of the North: Transitions and Transformations in Northern Europe Evidenced by High-Resolution Data Sets



PhD project

Nutritional potential of Lateglacial Landscapes

In my research I aim for a better understanding of resource supply and exploitation strategies during the Lateglacial in the area of modern Schleswig-Holstein. Therefore, I will use different analytical methods (pollen analysis, loss on ignition, macrofossils, micro-charcoal analysis, GIS). An essential prerequisite for this research are reliable and preferably high-resolute archives. Geological surveys in the area of a former meltwater lake in Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) yielded undisturbed Lateglacial sediments near Palaeolithic hunting sites (Hamburgian and Ahrensburgian). Preliminary palynological investigations of these lake deposits by Hartmut Usinger († 2015) confirmed the existence of sediments reflecting the transition from Allerød to Younger Dryas. Furthermore, a laminated sequence could be identified in the lake stratigraphy that is the so far only known annually layered Lateglacial sequence in Schleswig-Holstein. These deposits in combination with the archaeological record make possible detailed multidisciplinary analyses and an evaluation of Lateglacial human-environment-interactions. In the frame of the CRC 1266 “Scales of Transformation”, the evaluation and some of these analyses are performed as part of a PhD project.

Finally, using a GIS-based mapping of vegetation patterns according to Lateglacial chronozones I will look for most suitable habitats of preferred game animals.

CRC 1266 Interlinking Group


Research interests

Late Glacial Archaeology, Man-Environment-Interaction, Pleistocene-Holocene-Transition, Palynology, Doggerland


M.A. Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology and Classical Archaeology (Leben in Doggerland – Palynologische Untersuchungen zur Umwelt urgeschichtlicher Jäger- und Sammlerkulturen im heutigen Nordseebecken)

B.A. Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology and Classical Archaeology

Work experience

Archaeological Excavations - Oldenburg-Dannau, Wangels (Schleswig-Holstein); Sahlenburg, Freiburg, Cuxhaven (Niedersachsen), Rostock (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern); Tyrsted (Danmark)

Coring Campaigns – Preetz, Oldenburger Graben, Ahrensburger Tunneltal (Schleswig-Holstein); Freiburg (Niedersachsen); Manerba, Lucone, Frassino, Cavriana, Cavaion Veronese (Italy)

Selected publications

Krüger, S., Dörfler, W., Bennike, O., Wolters, S. (accepted May 16th 2017): Life in Doggerland – palynological investigations of the environment of prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies in the North Sea Basin. Eiszeitalter und Gegenwart - Quaternary Science Journal

New Publications