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Geomorphology and geoarchaeology of Black Sea coasts

The results of ANR, IUF, Labex OT‑Med and A*MIDEX research projects
A. Baralis, A. Bivolaru, N. Marriner, C. Morhange, A. V. Porotov and V. N. Zin’ko
p. 11-14
Géomorphologie et géoarchéologie des littoraux en mer Noire



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Methodology and contexts
Case studies
Site scale (4 studies)
Regional scale (3 studies)
At the Black Sea scale

First lines

Situated between Europe, the Caucasus and Anatolia, the Black Sea has a length of about 1,150 km from west to east and a width of 600 km from north to south. These dimensions yield a total area of around 410,000 km². In a geomorphological sense, the Black Sea is a relatively new entity in that its formation took place at the end of the Würmian glaciation, when rising sea levels connected the basin to the world ocean. This event, which has attracted significant research interest, is currently the subject of intense debate particularly with regards to its chronology (SOULET et al., 2011).

Localisation of studied sites

Localisation of studied sites

Crédit : P. Pentsch.

The Black Sea constituted an interface open to the north and the Azov Sea via the Strait of Kertch (Cimmerian Bosphorus), and to the south-west and the Mediterranean through the Bosphorus of Thrace and the Marmara Sea. It is via this southern route that Neolithic technology reached the Balkans before penetrating westwards into E...

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Electronic reference

A. Baralis, A. Bivolaru, N. Marriner, C. Morhange, A. V. Porotov and V. N. Zin’ko, « Geomorphology and geoarchaeology of Black Sea coasts », Méditerranée [Online], 126 | 2016, Online since 01 June 2016, connection on 22 January 2018. URL :

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