Atlantic Phase

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A biostratigraphic subdivision of the Flandrian in which conditions were warmer and damper than today, the climatic optimum of the Flandrian. Godwin's pollen zone VII (c.5500–3000 bc) characterized by the development of mixed forest of oak, elm, alder, and lime in southern Britain. Some woodland clearance by late Mesolithic groups during this period has been found, but the Atlantic traditionally ends with the elm decline.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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