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Recherches archéologiques

The "Recherches archéologiques" collection publishes, for the scientific community, monographs and syntheses resulting from preventive archeology operations carried out by Inrap. These works are distinguished by the major character of the sites studied, their innovative aspect in methodological or scientific terms, or the size of the territory taken into account.

Edited by Laurent Carozza, Cyril Marcigny and Marc Talon
An Inrap-CNRS Editions co-publication
Recherches archéologiques n°12

The Bronze Age cultures have long been arduous for archaeologists to determine because of their diverse manifestations and tenuous remnants. It took more than 25 years of rescue archaeological research to understand that the Bronze Age is very likely a key period in the emergence of pre-state hierarchical societies and in the construction of our environment.
This publication is a first national synthesis, region by region, of a research program still in progress, the “Bronze” national survey. This work of processing and interpreting archaeological and palaeoenvironmental data made it possible to assess the status of rural installations, to measure the ties that unite these spaces to form a network of settlements and to systematize the symbolic appropriation of places by these communities. This work also highlights the place in which natural environments are often considered, wrongfully, as marginal, in the early days of the diversification of socio-economic systems.

Laurent Carozza is a research fellow at the CNRS, and a member of UMR 5602 Environmental geography. He works on the relations between society, climate, environment, in the Balkans, in the Western Mediterranean and in South America. He is the co-author with Cyril Marcigny of The Bronze Age in France.

Cyril Marcigny is assistant director of science and technology at Inrap, member of UMR 6566 CReAAH and lecturer at the University of Rennes II. He is a specialist in ancient protohistory in western France and Normandy, in particular the organization of the Neolithic rural area in the Iron Age and relations between the north of France and the south of Great Britain during the Bronze Age.

Marc Talon is the regional curator of archeology at DRAC Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. He is a member of the UMR 8164 HALMA and has published various articles and books on the Bronze Age and the Iron Age in northwestern France and the Manchemer area of ​​the North.


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Collection "Archaeological Research", 12
December 2017
Size 22 x 28 cm
376 pages

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