Le site de la baume Flandin (commune d’Orgnac-l’Aven) : nouvelles données sur ce gisement du Paléolithique moyen

Marie-Hélène MONCEL, Évelyne CRÉGUT-BONNOURE, Camille DAUJEARD, Anne-Sophie LARTIGOT, Matthieu LEBON, Simon PUAUD, Nicolas BOULBES & Sébastien CROIZET

fr Comptes Rendus Palevol 7 (5) - Pages 315-325

Published on 31 July 2008

The site of the Baume Flandin (Orgnac-l’Aven): New data on this Middle Palaeolithic site

The Baume Flandin, located in the Middle Rhone valley, yielded in the 1950s an archaeological level attributed to the Middle Palaeolithic, with abundant elongated flakes. This feature is rare in southern Europe before MIS 4. The cave was totally excavated and little evidence existed to confirm the date of this level, which was attributed to the ‘Riss–Würm’ according to the fauna remains and the sediments. New fieldwork took place in 2005, in front of the cave entrance, on the terrace. The study of the archaeological level that has been discovered brings new information on the age of the sequence of this site. The human occupation took place in the latest interglacial, at the end of isotopic stage 5e. This date leads us to revive the debate on the first evidence of the laminar debitage between northern and southern Europe.


Southeastern France, Middle Palaeolithic, Stratigraphy, Paleontology, Paleoenvironment, Human occupation

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