Early human occupations at the westernmost tip of Eurasia: The lithic industries from Menez–Dregan I (Plouhinec, Finistère, France)

Anne-Lyse RAVON

en Comptes Rendus Palevol 18 (6) - Pages 663-684

Published on 30 September 2019

The stratigraphical complex preserved at the site of Menez–Dregan I (Brittany, France) displays an alternating sequence of 17 occupation levels and of 4 marine deposits, between ca. 450 and 150,000 years (stratigraphical units 9a and 3b). The lithic industry retrieved at the site is extremely abundant, with more than 153,000 artefacts over 3 cm in length, as well as millions of knapping debris, and corresponds to a regional facies of the Acheulean, with heavy-duty tools essentially represented by choppers, as well as a few handaxes and cleavers. This paper presents a first synthesis of the data produced for almost 30 years on the site of Menez–Dregan I. The typological study of the entire lithic collection is now complete and allows us to assess the different human occupations that occurred at this site during the Lower Palaeolithic.


Menez–Dregan, Middle Pleistocene, Acheulean, Lithic technology, Knapping, Lower Palaeolithic

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