Chert and obsidian procurement of three Corsican sites during the 6th and 5th millenniums BC

Céline S. BRESSY, André D’ANNA, Gérard POUPEAU, François-Xavier LE BOURDONNEC, Ludovic BELLOT-GURLET, Franck LEANDRI, Pascal TRAMONI & Frédéric DEMOUCHE

en Comptes Rendus Palevol 7 (4) - Pages 237-248

Published on 30 June 2008

Provenance studies of Corsican siliceous raw materials used during, the Neolithic focused mainly on obsidian. They showed an almost systematic use of Monte Arci sources (Sardinia). Chert studies have long been dodged, whereas the multiplicity of potential origins, in Sardinia and in continental areas, may provide complementary spatial information about diffusion patterns and interaction phenomenon in the Middle Tyrrhenian during the Neolithic. We studied obsidian and chert industries of three Corsican sites: Renaghju (Early Neolithic), Monte Revincu and Vasculacciu (both Middle Neolithic). In order to assign a provenance, 2241 chert archaeological samples were characterized by petrographic approaches and 100 obsidian artefacts were submitted to geochemical analyses. Each site provides a specific trend regarding relative abundances of raw materials, provenance and consumption patterns. Considered in the wider perspective of the Neolithic Corsican context, results reveal procurement variations from a chronological as well as a geographical point of view. Those variations may echo economic and social evolutions undergone in Neolithic societies of the Tyrrhenian area.


Corsica, Neolithic, Chert, Obsidian, Provenance

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