Vegetation History and Archaeobotany

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 199–206

Vegetation changes during the Slavic period, shown by a high resolution pollen diagram from the Maujahn peat bog near Dannenberg, Hanover Wendland, Germany

Original Article


In the Maujahn peat bog the Slavic period is recorded with a high-resolution pollen diagram in 150 cm of the peat profile. In the upper part of the pollen diagram the time resolution is 3.2 years in the middle and lower part 5.2 years. The Slavic period can be divided into four stages according to different kind of land use and intensity of human influence. The main crop was Secale; less important was the cultivation of Triticum, Panicum, Hordeum, Avena and Pisum. The Slavic period lasted from about a.d. 800–1200. The pollen diagram also displays a final part of the Migration period.


Palaeoecology Slavic period Germany Lower saxony 

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© Springer-Verlag 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.GöttingenGermany

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