PROJECT: ”The response of the sensitive morphologic system to the controlling factors variability and its impact upon the human communities: example of the Razelm –Sinoe lagoon complex and Histria fortress”

Financed by
UEFISCDI under contract nr. PN II-RU-TE74/2010

Director: Luminita Preoteasa

Period: 2010 – 2013

Short description: Histria is one of the most ancient Milesian colony founded on the western Black Sea coast during the archaic period (VII a. Ch). This research project was aimed at exploring the linkage between the Black Sea level changes and shoreline dynamics at one hand and the mechanisms of human population adaptation to natural environmental changes conditions within the Razelm-Sinoe Lagoon System (Fig. 1) during the late Holocene (e.g. post 4000yrs) at the other hand. The geoarcheological investigations focused upon the reconstruction of both Histria fortress territorial organization (and reorganization) and Razelm – Sinoe lagoon system development during the late Holocene. Geophysical, geochronological, sedimentological and morphological analyses have been used to reconstruct the paleogeography of the southern unit of the Danube delta during the last 5000 years. Our investigations resulted in a model comprising the secvential evolution of the region (Fig. 2) at six important moments since the global sea level stabilisation as well as a local sea level curve emphasising the role of neotectonics as driver of the morphological changes which shaped Istria, Nuntasi and Sinoe lakes and controlled the shoreline dynamics.

Fig. 1 - Study site: Southern Danube Delta

Fig. 1 – Study site: Southern Danube Delta

Fig. 2 - Overview of Southern Danube Delta evolution

Fig. 2 – Overview of Southern Danube Delta evolution

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