Middens, currents and shorelines: Complex depositional processes of waterlogged prehistoric lakeside settlements based on the example of Zurich-Parkhaus Opéra (Switzerland)

  title={Middens, currents and shorelines: Complex depositional processes of waterlogged prehistoric lakeside settlements based on the example of Zurich-Parkhaus Op{\'e}ra (Switzerland)},
  author={Niels Bleicher and Ferran Antol{\'i}n and Oliver Heiri and Simone H{\"a}berle and Heidemarie H{\"u}ster Plogmann and Stefanie Jacomet and Christine P{\"u}mpin and Philippe Rentzel and Marguerita Sch{\"a}fer and J{\"o}rg Schibler and Philipp Wiemann and Maarten van Hardenbroek and Monika Toth and No{\"e}mi Zweifel},
  journal={Journal of Archaeological Science},
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