The Holocene is a geological epoch which began approximately 10,000 years ago (about 8000 BC). According to traditional geological thinking, the Holocene continues to the present. The Holocene is part of the Neogene and Quaternary periods. Its name comes from the Greek words ὅλος (holos, whole or entire) and καινός (kainos, new), meaning "entirely recent". It has been identified with MIS 1 and can be considered an interglacial in the current ice age.
It is generally accepted that the Holocene started approximately 10 ka (thousand years) Before Present. The period follows the Weichsel glacial. The Holocene can be subdivided into five chronozones based on climatic fluctuations: