2010 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
To determine historic and prehistoric anthropogenic influences on soil erosion and sedimentation in northern Mississippi and its influence on soil fertility, land use history, and long-term changes on vegetation, hydrology, and geomorphology.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
An interdisciplinary approach will be taken that involves the fields of pedology, environmental geography, peo-archaeology, and archaeology. The methodology used consists of in-depth soil profile description and laboratory analysis, sampling using various dating techniques, identification of pedological and geological processes, correlation analysis with GPS/GIS data and historical material and images, and landowner interviews. Erosional and depositional phases and cycles will be identified that correspond to Woodland and Mississippi prehistoric periods, European settlement since the 1830's, post Civil War abandonment, and the introduction of mechanized agriculture and forestry for several Loess sites in northern Mississippi. The results will be incorporated into a collection of global data.
No further progress was made on this project during the reporting period. A request to the German Scientific Council for additional funding for a third year of research support was not granted. Therefore, research activities were suspended.