One hundred years of Quaternary pollen analysis 1916–2016

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We review the history of Quaternary pollen analysis from 1916 to the present-day, with particular emphasis on methodological and conceptual developments and on the early pioneers of the subject. The history is divided into three phases—the pioneer phase 1916–1950, the building phase 1951–1973, and the mature phase 1974–present-day. We also explore relevant studies prior to Lennart von Post’s seminal lecture in 1916 in Kristiania (Oslo) in an attempt to trace how the idea of Quaternary pollen analysis with quantitative pollen counting and stratigraphical pollen diagrams developed.


External organisations
  • University of Bergen
  • University College London
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Geology


  • Concepts, History, Methods, Palaeoclimatology, Pioneers, Pollen-representation studies, Quaternary geology, Taphonomy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-309
JournalVegetation History and Archaeobotany
Issue number2
Early online date2017 Oct 29
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar
Publication categoryResearch