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Quaternary environmental change in Iraq

Dr Becky Briant and Dr Ismael Al-Ameri have been reconstructing past environments using radiocarbon-dated shells to determine movements of the Arab Gulf shoreline over the late Holocene. This is important in understanding the location of cities and their evolution during the Sumerian period. Ostracod and foraminiferal analysis from these sequences is ongoing. In 2018, in conjunction with Dr Stefan Engels and Dr Tim Reynolds, the team was successful in securing a Pilot Project Grant for fieldwork from the British Institute for the Study of Iraq for a new project entitled: ‘Bahr Al-Najaf: Assessing Palaeolithic potential in Southern Iraq’.

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