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On the Use of Palynological Data in Economic History: New Methods and an Application to Agricultural Output in Central Europe, 0–2000 AD

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  • Izdebski, Adam
  • Koloch, Grzegorz
  • Słoczyński, Tymon
  • Tycner-Wolicka, Marta

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In this paper we introduce a new source of data to economic history: palynological data, i.e. information about pollen grains which are preserved in bottom sediments of various water basins. We discuss how this data is collected and how it should be interpreted; develop new methods for aggregating this information into regional trends in agricultural output; construct an extensive data set with a large number of pollen sites from Central Europe; and use our methods to study the economic history of Greater Poland, Lesser Poland, Bohemia, Brandenburg, and Lower Saxony since the first century AD.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 54582.

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Keywords: agricultural output; biological measures of economic history; Central Europe; palynology;

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