a Blog Entry based on an updated extract from my book “Jenseits von Rom und Karl dem Großen” (Vienna 2018):
Category Archives: Climatology and Climate History
Dendrochronology and oral tradition
Dendrochronological dated house and some oral tradition from Norway in a rather popular paper:
Science Nordic (12.3.2013): Growth Rings from the Days of the Black Death
Effects of 1342 rainfalls at the Neckar river, southwest Germany
Written, archaeological, and geographical sources show the heavy effects of the rainfalls in summer 1342. The mostly refer to the river Main, the middle Rhine, Elbe, and Weser. A charter from the town of Esslingen situated at the river Neckar, dated 9th of September 1342 documents a court ruling. The local Augustinian monastery sued against Kaisheim abbey, which owned a nearby vineyard. Soil was flooded into the Augustinian monastery. The document shows that the rainfalls in summer 1342 also affected the Neckar valley.
- Rainer Schreg, Bodenerosion 1342 – ein Rechtsstreit in Esslingen. Archaeologik (19.1.2013) – in German
|The town of Esslingen depicted by Andreas Kieser. The wineyard ist situated below the castle
(HStA Stuttgart H 107/15 Bd 7 Bl. 22, via Wikimedia Commons)
Prof. Jan Esper
The 14th century has been identified as a period of global reorganization of climate. Links between major climate changes and widespread disease as well as cultural changes have been proposed. I am interested in the analysis of these climate shifts as well as the association with societal changes and impact.
Geographisches Institut, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz