Lacustrine, fluvial and slope deposits in the wetland shore area in Serteya, Western Russia

  • Piotr Kittel University of Lodz, Faculty of Geographical Sciences, Department of Geology and Geomorphology
  • Andrey Mazurkevich The State Hermitage Museum, Department of Archaeology of Eastern Europe and Siberia
  • Alexander Alexandrovskiy Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geography, Department of Soil Geography and Evolution
  • Ekaterina Dolbunova The State Hermitage Museum, Department of Archaeology of Eastern Europe and Siberia
  • Mateusz Krupski Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Institute of Soil Science and Environmental Protection
  • Jacek Szmańda Pedagogical University of Cracow
  • Renata Stachowicz-Rybka W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Katarzyna Cywa W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Agnieszka Mroczkowska Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization
  • Daniel Okupny University of Szczecin, Institute of Marine and Environmental Sciences
Słowa kluczowe: sedimentology, micromorphology, micro- and macrofossils, geochemistry, palaeolake shore zone, archaeological layers


The article presents the results of a study on sediment deposition processes in the palaeolake shore zone, at the multilayered Serteya II archaeological site in Western Russia. In recent years, geomorphological, palaeopedological and palaeoecological research was undertaken in strict cooperation with archaeological fieldwork. The Serteya II site occupies a substantial area of a kame terrace and biogenic plain within a palaeolake basin. From an archaeological point of view, the site is represented by few Mesolithic artefacts, but mostly by remnants of hunter–gatherer–fisher communities attributed in the Russian scientific tradition to the Neolithic period and dated from 6300 BC to 2000 BC. Later, the area was used by people in the Bronze Age, Early Iron Age and Early Middle Ages. The integration of archaeological and multidisciplinary palaeoenvironmental research allowed the natural and human induced deposition of mineral-organic and minerogenic sediments to be reconstructed, as well as the development of structures in the lake shore zone. The changes from lacustrine to fluvial system were documented and the human impact is recorded mostly in the acceleration of slope processes.


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