(Database of QUATERNARY

    Terrestrial European Stratigraphy )  

    INQUA-SACCOM granted (1612-F) International Focus Group

    SEQS 2006 Meeting, Pianico Cellere,  Italy


    DATESTRA Project follows the activities carried out by SEQS during the previous Intra-Congress periods that allowed scientists from all over Europe and adjacent areas to visit, observe and discuss highly detailed sedimentary records and depositional sequences in different geodynamic contexts.

    Photo by Guzel Danukalova: SEQS 2006 Meeting, Pianico Cellere, Italy

    The main aim of the SEQS activities was to discuss the stratigraphic setting of the main successions and longer records and make correlations between applicable litho-stratigraphical subdivisions in use in different countries / regions.

    Photo by Guzel Danukalova: SEQS 2008 Meeting, Penestin, Brittany, France


    Since terrestrial records are fragmentary and often lacking reliable dating techniques covering the full range of Quaternary time, Stratigraphical schemes sometimes are faced with problematic cross-continental and global correlations

    Photo by Guzel Danukalova: SEQS 2012 Meeting, San Giovanni di Sinis, Sardinia, Italy

    In order to share among European Quaternary scientists basic geoscientific information there is the need for the consolidation of a common language / terminology / methodology.

    Photo by Guzel Danukalova: SEQS 2010 Meeting , Semibalki, Azov region, Russia

    In fact, cross-boundary correlations and knowledge are necessary in order to obtain common and solid stratigraphical subdivisions functional to mapping, modeling and improving for practical purposes that includes the prevention of geohazards and risks.

    Photo by Guzel Danukalova: SEQS 2012 Meeting , Cantaro, Sardinia, Italy


    During 2016-2019 Intercongress period SEQS (INQUA Section on European Quaternary Stratigraphy) will establish a Geographic Stratigraphical Database of Terrestrial European key-sites.


    DATESTRA should constitute the first step to create a common base for all the Quaternary scientists who want to have a concise overview of the main stratigraphical subdivisions across the boundaries of Europe.

    Photo by Mauro Coltorti: SEQS 2013 Meeting , Mircea Voda, Romania

    DATESTRA will critically summarize the main sites containing Terrestrial Quaternary deposits in Europe trying to bypass their fragmentary nature and giving rapid access to the sections, techniques and methods used for their study

    Photo by Guzel Danukalova: SEQS 2014 Meeting, Baturino, Russia

    DATESTRA will provide a rapid overview of reliable stratigraphical and geographic data set described with a common stratigraphic language

    Photo by Guzel Danukalova: SEQS 2005 Meeting, Niederweningen, Switzerland

    DATESTRA will focus on the main Quaternary stages as assessed by IGSC (Early-, Middle-, Late Pleistocene and Holocene) giving particular emphasis on the stage boundaries and transitions.

    Photo by Guzel Danukalova: SEQS 2013 Meeting, Constantia, Romania

    This approach should give a summary of the main characters of the subseries / stages across Europe providing to the Quaternary scientists a geographic-based compendium of the basic information for each stage and how these subdivisions have a common significance at a pan-European scale

    Photo by Guzel Danukalova: INQUA2015 Congress, SEQS Session


    The main outcome expected by the activities of this IFG is a GIS-based Geographic Database containing the basic information about the key-sites of the Terrestrial Quaternary Stratigraphy of Europe.

    This is a unique tool to provide a geographic based summary of the main knowledge on the Terrestrial Quaternary will be easy-to-use open GIS based Web platforms and Google Earth©. These platforms will be used for the definition, structuring and sharing of information which can be compiled, shared and updated easily.

    The Database will also be made available as Google Earth © files or as web-GIS applications like “Story Maps” in order to give to the wider audience, the chance to have an overview of the European Terrestrial Quaternary setting.

    At the next INQUA Congress (2019 Dublin), SEQS will apply for a dedicated session for DATESTRA where the final results and outputs will be presented and shared among all the Quaternary audience.

  • INQUA SEQS 2018 Meeting

    Quaternary Stratigraphy and Karst & Cave Sediments
    Postojna, Slovenia, 12 – 17 September 2018

    Preliminary Programme

    September 12th-13th Indoor Session Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU
    with oral and poster presentations

    Field trip

    September 14th: Kras plateau, visit of Škocjanske jame, sediments in unroofed
    caves in area of Divača, caves and sediment profiles in Črnotiče Quarry, karst
    edge of Socerb.
    September 15th: sediment sequence of Odolina blind valley, sediment
    profiles in caves Račiška pečina and Ulica pečina.
    September 16th: Cave sediments and cave ice in Snežna jama on
    Raduha Mountain, S Calcareous Alps.
    September 17th: sediment sequences of Sava river and Ljubljana



  • INQUA- SEQS 2017 Meeting

    Quaternary stratigraphy and hominids around Europe

    Tautavel, France (10-15th of September 2017)

    About 30 participants joined the Meeting, organized by Vincenzo Celiberti and his collaborators and hosted by EPCC CERP Centre Européen de Recherches Prèhistoriques de Tautavel in collaboration with UMR 7194 “HNHP” du CNRS, MNHN-UPVD-CERP de Tautavel and UPVD Universitè de Perpignan.

    Sunday the 10th of September 15 Quaternary European scientists participated to a DATESTRA Workshop where Pierluigi Pieruccini presented the advances in DATESTRA database design and structuring, including the output of the preliminary 25 sites compiled by the above mentioned Italian team. The structure of the database was discussed in terms of attributes and related values, terminology, type of table to be shared among contributors, format of text to be attached to each site and final output (Story Map). At the end of the Workshop the participants agreed on the final revision of database, table and related outputs.

    35 oral and poster contributions authored by 125 scientists were presented during the SEQS-DATESTRA Meeting the 11th and the 12th of September.

    At the beginning of the Meeting Thijsh Van Kolfshoten gave a touching speech in memoriam of Wim Westerhoff, past SEQS President and Secretary who passed away last May 2017.

    The contributions will be published in a Special Issue of Quaternary Internationl titled “Quaternary stratigraphy and hominids around Europe: SEQS 2017 meeting”.

    The 13th, 14th and 15th of September the Meeting continued with a 3-days Fieldtrip that allowed the participants to visit some of the most important Quaternary sites of eastern Pyrenees: 1) Caune de l'Arago (Christian Perrenoud, Anne Marie Moigne and Vincenzo Celiberti) and Prehistory Museum of Tautavel and the European Research Centre of Tautavel, where Marie-Antoinette de Lumley showed the famous original palaeoanthropoligical collection; 2) Les Orgues-Ille sur Tet (Marc Calvet and Magali Delmas, Université de Perpignan) Pleistocene continental successions and their relationships with the coastal marine Pliocene record and the staircase of alluvial terraces along the Roussillon; 3) bad weather conditions did not allow the forecasted visit to Arbreda Cave (Catalonia) and Olot volcanic sequences. However, the SEQS’ people visited the Ramaldis cave, along the coast of the Lyon Gulf, (MIS 5) and the Grottes Canalettes.

  • Download the Abstract Book

  • SEQS's people at the Caune de l'Arago

    SEQS-DATESTRA Workshop at the EPCC CERP Centre Européen de Recherches Prèhistoriques de Tautavel

  • Several talks were devoted to the DATESTRA Project (Database of Terrestrial European Stratigraphy):

    1. P. Pieruccini, M. Fiebig, G. Danukalova. DATESTRA: a database of terrestrial European stratigraphy (INQUA grant 1612F).
    2. K. Lasberg. Pleistocene stratigraphy and key sites in Estonia.
    3. N. Gerasimenko, P. Haesaerts, Ph. Nigst, T. Lyashik, L. Kulakovska, V. Usik. The Late Pleistocene vegetational and climatic changes in the Middle Dniester area (Ukraine) based on the study of the Paleolithic sites Neporotovo VII and Doroshivtsi III.
    4. G. Danukalova, R. Kurmanov, E. Osipova, A. Yakovlev. Biostratigraphy of the late Early Pleistocene (Eopleistocene) of the Southern Urals Region.
    5. T. Gaudenyi. Stratigraphical units of the Pleistocene temperate stage fluvial deposits of Serbia.
    6. G. Danukalova, A. Zastrozhnov. Characteristic of the Apsheronian (Early Pleistocene) deposits of the Lower Volga area (Astrakhan arch).
    7. Zastrozhnov, G. Danukalova, S. Semiletkin. Quaternary key-sites and horizon stratotypes of the European part of Russia: basic principles of an electronic database.
    8. T. Sahra, A. Stefano, A. Fabrizio, C. Mauro, D. Beatrice, De R. Federico, F. Manfred, G. Fabienne, K. Pascal, L. Katrin, M. Paolo, P. Pierluigi, P. Vincenzo. Crosschecking of stratigraphic data (CROSSTRAT): a SEQS project to test the stratigraphic setting of continental deposits in Sardinia and the reliability of radiometric dating.
    9. P. Pieruccini, A. Bertini, M. Coltorti, D. Magri, E. Martinetto, M. Palombo, C. Ravazzi. DATESTRA, a database of terrestrial European stratigraphy (INQUA grant 1612f): the example of selected sites from Italy.

    1. Download the Abstract Book

    2. TEAM

      Pierluigi Pieruccini

      Project Leader - SEQS Secretary

      Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra - Università degli Studi di Torino

      Via Valperga Caluso 35 - 10124 Torino - Italy


      Markus Fiebig

      Project Leader - SEQS President

      University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna Institute of Applied Geology
      Peter Jordan-Str. 70 - 1190 Vienna - Austria


      Guzel Danukalova

      Project Leader - SEQS Vice President

      Institute of Geology of the Ufimian scientific centre, Russian Academy of Sciences,
      K. Marx street, 16/2, - 450077, Ufa-centre, Bashkortostan, Russia


      Pier Lorenzo Fantozzi

      Database design and management

      Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, della Terra e dell'Ambiente - Università di Siena

      Via Laterina 8 - 53100 Siena - Italy


      Davide Susini

      Database design and management, Output design and management

      Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, della Terra e dell'Ambiente - Università di Siena

      Via Laterina 8 - 53100 Siena - Italy



      This is only a provisional list, people who want to get involved, please contact us  

      Jean Pierre Lefort, Leszek Marks, Alexander Sanko, Vincenzo Celiberti, Cristian Perregoud; Tivadar Gaudenyi; Natalia Gerasimenko; Mauro Coltorti, Maria Rita Palombo, Bienvenido Martinez Navarro, Adele Bertini; Andrej Mihevic; Eva Mencin Gale; Katrin Lasberg; Laimdota Kalnina, Olga Korsakova; Vaida Seirene; Philip Gibbard; Kim Cohen, Thijs Van Kolfshoten, Charles Turner;Aleksej Tesakov.