From Physical to Social Landscapes: Multidimensional Approaches to the Archaeology of Social Place in the European Upper Palaeolithic

Authored by: Jean-Michel Geneste , Jean-Christophe Castel , Jean-Pierre Chadelle

Handbook of Landscape Archaeology

Print publication date:  December  2008
Online publication date:  June  2016

Print ISBN: 9781598742947
eBook ISBN: 9781315427737
Adobe ISBN: 9781315427720


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In southwestern France, Paleolithic studies have long relied on the study of archaeological sites largely devoid of proper consideration of their environmental settings. Over a period lasting approximately ten years, initially researchers focused much of their attention to attributing cultural finds into chronological phases and sequences. It was only in the 1960s that serious attention began to be given to environmental contexts and raw material distributions so as to allow stone artifact sourcing studies to proceed (Valensi 1960). Subsequently, such studies on the provenance of archaeological raw materials proliferated (Borde 2002; Bressy et al. 2006; Geneste 1985; Tiffagom 2006), as did those concerned with the origins of faunal resources (Castel 1995; Costamagno 2006; Fontana 2001) and those comparing technological and subsistence provisioning strategies (Castel et al. 1998).

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