Speleoclimatology fieldwork, 28-29 Septemeber 2013

On the 28th and 29th of September, Karin Holmgren and PhD candidate Meighan Boyd participated in field work at Alepotrypa Cave, Laconia, Greece. Alepotrypa Cave is the site of a decades-long, extensive, archeological excavation of a major Neolithic settlement which was destroyed around 5000 years B.P during an earthquake which collapsed the cave entrance. Discovered in 1958, the well-preserved habitation areas provide one of the most fantastic records of Neolithic life in Greece. During this field session water samples were gathered from within the cave to aid in the interpretation of the stable isotope data, temperature, CO2, and humidity readings were taken, and modern calcite was collected. Together with archaeologist Dr. Takis Karkanas of the Ephoreia of Palaeoanthropology-Speleology of Southern Greece, the team explored areas of the cave which are not part of the main mapped and excavated area.  A few tight squeezes led to chambers which present new and exciting opportunities for paleoclimate research at the site.