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Behre, Karl-Ernst (2009): Pollen records of five sediment cores from northern Germany. European Pollen Database (EPD), PANGAEA,, Supplement to: Behre, K-E (1976): Pollenanalytische Untersuchungen zur Vegetations- und Siedlungsgeschichte bei Flögeln und im Ahlenmoor (Elb-Weser-Winkel). Probleme der Küstenforschung im südlichen Nordseegebiet, 11, 101-118, hdl:10013/epic.31784.d001

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Within a larger program research work is being done on the history of settlement and landscape of the 'Siedlungskammer' Flögeln and the adjacent area. The 'Siedlungskammer' consists of an isolated pleistocene sand ground (Geest-island) surroundet by bogs.
Starting from the edge of the Geest, near which large-scale archaeological excavations are carried out, three raised bog profiles were taken at 300, 500 and 4000 m off the prehistoric settlement. They were investigated by means of pollen analysis, and reflect in a decreasing way the activities of man on the Geestisland. Another pollen diagram from the nearby fen peat was worked out for comparison. At the same time it helped to date back a prehistoric sand path to the Roman period.
The pollen diagrams cover the vegetational history without gaps from the early Atlantic period to modern times. The vegetation was decisively determined by the poor soils of this area. T'he pollen diagrams give evidence of the activity of settlers since the Neolithic age, with some gaps in the beginning, but later continuously from the middle of the Bronze age until the early migration period. The influence of the nearby settlement, which existed from the Birth of Christ to the 4/5th century, comes out distinctly. Among the cereals which were then cultivated here, there also was rye, at least in the 4/5th century, but most probably already during the Roman period. Besides that people cultivated barley, oats, and flax.
The settlement break during the so-called dark ages between the 4/5th century and the time about 800 A.D. was confirmed by pollen analysis. During this time the area was once more covered by forests. The fluctuations of man's activities during the late Middle Ages and modern times, as they are made visible by pollen analysis, correspond to historically wellknown developments.
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Behre, Karl-Ernst; Kucan, Dusanka (1986): Die Reflektion archäologisch bekannter Siedlungen in Pollendiagrammen verschiedener Entfernung - Beispiele aus der Siedlungskammer Flögeln, Nordwestdeutschland (The reflection of archaeologically known settlements in pollen diagrams of varying distances - Examples from the Siedlungskammer Flögeln, NW Germany). in: Behre, K-E (ed) Anthropogenic indicators in pollen diagrams. A. A. Balkema, Rotterdam, Boston, 95-114, hdl:10013/epic.37159.d001
Median Latitude: 53.663889 * Median Longitude: 8.565278 * South-bound Latitude: 53.583333 * West-bound Longitude: 7.633333 * North-bound Latitude: 53.700000 * East-bound Longitude: 8.763889
Date/Time Start: 1970-07-15T00:00:00 * Date/Time End: 1973-10-15T00:00:00
AHL5 (Core3) * Latitude: 53.700000 * Longitude: 8.733333 * Date/Time: 1973-06-15T00:00:00 * Elevation Start: 2.0 m * Elevation End: 3.4 m * Location: Ahlenmoor, Germany * Method/Device: Metal boxes (MBOX) * Comment: Centre of raised bog under excavation. Core diameter: 4 cm. Area: 500 ha. Excavated bog. Physiography: Raised bog. Surrounding vegetation: Sphagnetum.
DUNUM (Core2) * Latitude: 53.583333 * Longitude: 7.633333 * Date/Time: 1970-07-15T00:00:00 * Elevation: 5.0 m * Location: Dunum, Germany * Method/Device: Metal boxes (MBOX) * Comment: center of kettle hole bog. Area: 1 ha. Meadow. Physiography: drained and sand covered raised bog. Surrounding vegetation: meadow.
FLOGELN4 (CoreIV) * Latitude: 53.666667 * Longitude: 8.763889 * Date/Time: 1972-08-15T00:00:00 * Elevation: 2.0 m * Location: Flögeln, Germany * Method/Device: Metal boxes (MBOX) * Comment: Edge of the forest. Area: 100 ha. Margin of Betula forest. Physiography: drained raised bog. Surrounding vegetation: Betula shrubs and trees.
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  1. Behre, K-E (2009): Age determination of sediment core AHL5, Ahlenmoor, Germany.
  2. Behre, K-E (2009): Pollen profile AHL5, Ahlenmoor, Germany.
  3. Behre, K-E (2009): Pollen profile DUNUM, Dunum, Germany.
  4. Behre, K-E (2009): Pollen profile FLOGELN4, Flögeln, Germany.
  5. Behre, K-E (2009): Pollen profile FLOGELN5, Flögeln, Germany.
  6. Behre, K-E (2009): Pollen profile FLOGELN6, Flögeln, Germany.