Aquatic biota response to climate and habitat changes from the Valdai Glaciation to the Meghalayan (Serteya region, Western Dvina Lakeland)


  • Plociennik, M. 1
  • Mroczkowska, A. 2, 3
  • Kittel, P. 3
  • Pawlowski, D. 4
  • Kurzawska, A. 5
  • Danger, M. 6
  • Maigrot, Y. 6
  • Rzodkiewicz, M. 7
  • Wieckowska-Luth, M. 8
  • Okupny, D. 9
  • Kruk, A. 10
  • Luoto, T. P. 11
  • Kotrys, B. 12
  • Nazarova, L. 13
  • Syrykh, L. 14
  • Szmanda, J. 15
  • Dolbunova, E. 16, 17
  • Mazurkevich, A. 16
  • 1 University of Lodz, Dept. of Invert. Zool. and Hydrobiol., 12/16 Banacha St., Lodz 90-237, Poland
    2 Polish Academy of Sciences, Past Landsc. Dynam. Lab., Ins. of Geogr. and Spat. Org., 51/55 Twarda St., Warsaw 00-818, Poland
    3 University of Lodz, Dept. of Geomorph. and Palaeogeog., 88 Narutowicza St., Lodz 90-139, Poland
    4 Adam Mickiewicz University, Inst. of Geol., 12 Krygowskiego St., 61-680 Poznan, Poland
    5 Polish Academy of Sciences, Inst. of Archaeo. and Ethnol., Poznan, Poland
    6 UMR 8215 Trajectoires, CNRS-Universite Paris 1 Pantheon – Sorbonne, Nanterre, France
    7 Adam Mickiewicz University, Lab. of Biogeochem.,12 Krygowskiego St., 61-680 Poznan, Poland
    8 University of Kiel, Archaeobot. and Palynol. Lab., Inst. of Prehist. and Protohist. Archaeol., Germany
    9 University of Szczecin, Inst. of Mar. and Envir. Scienc., Szczecin, Poland
    10 University of Lodz, Dept. of Ecol. and Vertebr. Zool. 12/16 Banacha St., 90-237 Lodz, Poland
    11 University of Helsinki, Ecosys. and Envir. Res. Prog., 15140 Lahti, Finland
    12 Pomeranian Branch, Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute, 20 Wieniawskiego St., Szczecin 71-130, Poland
    13 Potsdam University, Inst. of Geosc., Potsdam, 14476, Germany
    14 Herzen State Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg, 191186 Russia
    15 Pedagogical University of Cracow, Inst. of Geogr., Cracow, Poland
    16 The State Hermitage Museum, 34 Dvortsovaya Naberezhnaya St., 190000 St. Petersburg, Russia
    17 The British Museum, London, UK



Climate change, quantitative reconstruction, lake-river system, pile-dwelling


The Serteyka River valley is one of the most important archaeological localities in North-Western Russia. The State Hermitage Museum has conducted research in Serteya since the 1970s. The pile-dwelling remnants located within the Great Serteya Palaeolake Basin (GSPB) are the most prominent excavation. The investigation using precise underwater techniques recovered many exceptional remains of the Neolithic settlement that were preserved below the groundwater level in biogenic deposits. The large-scale studies focused till now primarily on relicts of the human settlement and only scarce environmental data were available before the last decade. A broad environmental archaelogical project using cores of organic deposits has been conducted since 2016 in the framework of Polish-Russian cooperation. The 8 m long STIIa core from the deepest lake point has been investigated. It gives a full sequence of the lake history from the Late Valdai Glaciation to the Middle Ages. Multi-proxy analysis of the STIIa core aims at the reconstruction of regional and local habitat conditions (e.g. climate, hydrology, trophic state, water chemistry, and plant communities) at the lake side during the MIS1.