Trace Elements in Environmental History

Proceedings of the Symposium held from June 24th to 26th, 1987, at Göttingen

  • Gisela Grupe
  • Bernd Herrmann

Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. M. Hedrich, U. Rösick, P. Brätter, R. L. Bergmann, K. E. Bergmann
    Pages 17-25
  3. Theya Molleson
    Pages 67-82
  4. V. Vernois, M. Ung Bao, N. Deschamps
    Pages 83-90
  5. Bernd Herrmann, Gisela Grupe
    Pages 91-101
  6. Gisela Grupe, Hermann Piepenbrink
    Pages 103-112
  7. K. Dörner
    Pages 113-123
  8. Tony Waldron
    Pages 125-133
  9. Iain Thornton
    Pages 135-144
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 169-174

About these proceedings


This book contains the contributions to an European symposium on "Trace Elements in Environmental History", held from June 24th to 26th at GCittingen, FRG. The confe­ rence was organised by the Institute of Anthropology of the Georg August-University in GCittingen. At first glance, it might be surprising that the organizers are anthropolo­ gists. But this is a result of change of paradigm prehistoric anthropology is facing at the time. For decades, population development and population processes in the past have been looked at in terms of morphology, thus describing the diversity of human populations by the outer appearance of the skeletal findings and by the reconstruction of population structures. The new approach concentrates less on how people in the past looked like, but moreover on what they did and how they lived. Thus, research is based on ecosystem-theories, and it aims on the evaluation of ancient ecological features and past man/environment relationships. Research is encouraged since anthropologists are asked a lot of questions by historians and social scientists, who became more and more interested in the history of every day's life. Prehistoric anthropology today focu­ ses also on manners, habits, ways of life and environmental constituents as they can be traced from skeletal remains, which represent an important historical source. The ecosystemic approach is promising since the experiences of daily life certainly influence human behaviour, life style and mentality, thus directing reproduction and therefore population development.


environment groundwater health metabolism microorganism

Editors and affiliations

  • Gisela Grupe
    • 1
  • Bernd Herrmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Anthropologie der Georg-August-UniversitätGöttingenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-73299-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-73297-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-6625
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