Exploitation paléolithique de silex oligocènes en Haute Provence (France). Caractérisation des matières premières et processus d'acquisition

Ludovic SLIMAK, Céline S. BRESSY, Jean-Louis GUENDON, Cyril MONTOYA, Vincent OLLIVIER & Stéphane RENAULT

fr Comptes Rendus Palevol 4 (4) - Pages 359-367

Published on 30 June 2005

Palaeolithic exploitation of Oligocene flints in ‘Haute Provence’ (France). Acquisition process and raw-material characterisation

In prehistoric archaeology, raw material origin is studied through a cartographic approach of siliceous formations. This proceeding enhances the flint stone deposits limited by their current accessibility. The recordings are restricted because of the topography or environmental conditions that reject any exhaustive approach. Moreover, this approach does not provide these siliceous formations with any stratigraphic context. It does not allow us to understand the geologic causalities concerning flint faciologic variability. Our researches considered three methodological aspects: exhaustive stratigraphic recognition of siliceous irregularities inside a geological stage, geomorphologic study concerning their accessibility modalities and petrographic determination of geological and archaeological elements. This subject is illustrated through the analysis of two archaeological Palaeolithic assemblages (Combe Joubert and Les Craux).


Lower and Middle Palaeolithic, Oligocene flints, gitology, petrography, geology, geomorphology

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