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Understanding the Short-term Occupations of the Lateglacial and Early Mesolithic Groups in Western Europe

Author(s): Nicolas Naudinot ; Gregor Marchand

Year: 2017

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Prehistoric archaeology is now focusing on past hunter-gatherers societies behaviors and relationships with their environments. In Western France, the Late glacial and the Early Holocene were the stage of an important research dynamic. The chrono-cultural organization has been revised relying in particular on the excavation of new key sites. This research shed greater light on the human territories and paleo-economic behaviors. Understanding human mobility depends on our control of time linked directly with the sedimentary cover. Our knowledge of short-term occupation stations is limited since these sites are not easy to find (archaeological visibility) or to identify (palimpsest, multi-locii sites). Some large archaeological sites are sometimes constituted by little "locii" which can reflect short occupations. It is however not the most frequent configuration. Most of these short-term occupation sites have been recognized in rock-shelters. Research conducted in small rock-shelters of the Armorican Massif is very promising today. Limited to a few square meters, these small shelters could accommodate only limited groups for short periods. The overwhelmingly dominant production of hunting tools confirms this hypothesis. This research draws a first picture of the complexity of land use strategies between the Azilian and the Mesolithic in this European peninsula.

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Understanding the Short-term Occupations of the Lateglacial and Early Mesolithic Groups in Western Europe. Nicolas Naudinot, Gregor Marchand. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430975)


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15762

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America