Tropical limestone forest resilience and late Pleistocene foraging during MIS-2 in the Tràng An massif, Vietnam

R. Rabett, N. Ludgate, C. Stimpson, E. Hill, C. Hunt, J. Ceron, L. Farr, M. Morley, T. Reynolds, H. Zukswert, D. Simpson, B. Nyiri, M. Verhoeven, J. Appleby, J. Meneely, L. Phan, N. N. Dong, L. Lloyd-Smith, J. Hawkes, A. BlythNguyêń Cao Tâń

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

10 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

In this paper we present a multi-proxy study of tropical limestone forest and its utilization by human groups during the significant climatic and environmental upheavals of MIS-2 (29–11.7 kBP). Our data are drawn from new field research within the Tràng An World Heritage property on the edge of the Red River Delta, northern Vietnam. Key findings from this study include 1) that limestone forest formations were resilient to the large-scale landscape transformation of the Sunda continent at the end of the last glaciation; 2) that prehistoric human groups were probably present in this habitat through-out MIS-2; and 3) that the forested, insular, karst of Tràng An provided foragers with a stable resource-base in a wider changing landscape during the late Pleistocene and into the Holocene. These results have implications for our understanding of the prehistoric utilization of karst environments, and resonance for their conservation in the face of climate and environmental change today.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-81
Number of pages20
JournalQuaternary International
Volume448
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Conservation
  • Limestone forest
  • MIS-2
  • Refugium
  • Resilience
  • Tropical foragers

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Tropical limestone forest resilience and late Pleistocene foraging during MIS-2 in the Tràng An massif, Vietnam'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this