(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.

  • TAUTAVEL 2017


    Sunday 10th of September 2017 Arrival in Tautavel


    Sunday 10th of September 2017 Workshop: INQUA IFG SACCOM SEQS-DATESTRA a Database of Quaternary Stratigraphy of Europe

    Monday 11th – Tuesday 12th Meeting, presentations and business meeting

    Wednesday 13th- Friday 15th Fieldtrip

    Saturday 16th September Departure from Tautavel



    Wednesday 13th - Caune de l'Arago, Middle Pleistocene sequence, Prehistory Museum and European Research Centre of Tautavel. Visit to the palaeontological, archeological and palaeoanthropological collections (Homo heidelbergensis, Arago XXI)

    Thursday 14th Alluvial terraces and alluvial sequenze along the coastal rivers (Tet, Tech and others)

    Friday 15th Coastal and continental sequences: Ramaldis Cave (Port La Nouvelle), Arbreda Cave (Catalonia), Olot: volcanic sequences

    INQUA provides the possibility for limited financial support to the SEQS activity in 2017 related to DATESTRA Project .

    The support concerns only (a part of) travel-accommodation costs or registration costs and is primarily meant for Early Career Researcher (ECR, less than 8 years PhD) and Researchers from Countries with a low GDP.

    If you want to make use of this opportunity for the 2017 meeting in Tautavel, France, you can ask for support by sending the application form to the Secretary of SEQS:

    Pierluigi Pieruccini (pieruccini@unisi.it)

    before 10th July 2017.

    There is no guarantee that all costs can be covered by the INQUA grant. Therefore we ask you to indicate which part of the total costs can be covered by yourself or your institute.

    Since the funds are devoted particularly to the DATESTRA project people who will present contributions to the DATESTRA session (please indicate the provisional title) will come first.



    Also for 2017 SEQS applied as IFG for INQUA granting.

    The goal next year will be to produce a first output of the Database.

    Our ambitions are:

    - March 2017, two-days Workshop to be held in Siena, Italy, where a prototype of the Database will be presented and made available as web-GIS applications like “Story Maps” (ESRI) in order to give to the wider audience as possible, also at informative level, the chance to have an overview of the European Terrestrial Quaternary setting

    -March-June 2017, preparation and release of Guidelines for data collection. The Guidelines will provide a sort of format for tables containing a minimum set of basic information for each site. This is crucial to make as more uniform as possible the data collection and therefore as easier as possible the compilation of the Database

    -September 2017, DATESTRA Session SEQS 2017 Tautavel (France) presentation of Database and related sites and call for more site’s data collection.

    Keep following our activities!!

  • TEAM

    Pierluigi Pieruccini

    Project Leader - SEQS Secretary

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

    Via Laterina 8 - 53100 Siena - 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



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

    Central Europe - Jean Pierre Lefort, Leszek Marks, Alexander Sanko, Frank Preusser, Jean-Philip Brugal, Vincenzo Celiberti, Manfred Frechen;

    Southern Europe/Black Sea – Tivadar Gaudenyi, Federico Di Rita, Natalia Gerasimenko, Mauro Coltorti, Maria Rita Palombo, Bienvenido Martinez Navarro, Adele Bertini, Slobodan Markovic;

    Northern Europe – Wim Westerhoff, Katrin Lasberg, Laimdota Kalnina, Philip Gibbard; Kim Cohen, Thijs Van Kolfshoten, Charles Turner;

    European Russia – Andrei Zastrozhnov, Aleksey Tesakov, Sergei Shik, Vadim Titov.

  • 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.