Reply to Elias et al.: Multiproxy evidence of widespread landscape disturbance in multiple Azorean lakes before the Portuguese arrival
Letter to the Editor
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
National Academy of Sciences
School of Science / Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research
Despite the multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach taken in ref. 1, we acknowledge that there are still open questions that require further research. We emphasize that our study relies on multiple records that show the synchronous arrival of humans on multiple islands before ca. 1400 CE. Elias et al. (2) raise specific concerns about the record from Peixinho Lake, one of the five lakes included in the study, while ignoring the other multiproxy lake sediment records. The arguments presented by Elias et al. (2) do not undermine in any way the main conclusions of our paper, but still we would like to explicitly address the main criticisms with regard to the only record in question.