The term Paleolithic was created at the end of the nineteenth century. Its ancient Greek etymology refers to the « Old Stone Age », as opposed to the « New Stone Age », which refers to the succeeding Neolithic period. The Paleolithic period begins with the first evidence of human technology (stone tools) more than three million years ago, and ends with the major changes in human societies instigated by the invention of agriculture and animal domestication.

Discoveries

This excavation, conducted since the month of April by team of Inrap archaeologists, has revealed three prehistoric occupations dated from the Fina

Conference

International conference "Human being ? An archeology of the origins​ by Israel Hershkovitz, university of Tel Aviv, Israël

Conference

International conference "Human being ? An archeology of the origins" by Pascal Depaepe, National Institute of Preventive Archaeological...

Short film

In an original narrative mode, illustrated with numerous archive images, Christian Rist and Jean-Paul Fargier tell us the history of archeology,...

Animated film
Discoveries

Iluminada Ortega and Laurence Bourguignon of Inrap, along with their Spanish colleagues, have announced in the Journal of Archaeological Science Re

Conference

Archaeology of Migrations 
by Pascal PICQ, Palaeoanthropologist at the Collège de France

Conference

Archaeology of Migrations 
by Jean-Jacques Hublin, Professor and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology...

Discoveries

A team of archaeologists and geoarchaeologists from Inrap and the Traces Laboratory (CNRS – Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès) have been working...

Conference

The archaeology of violence: wartime violence, mass violence 
 by Marylène Patou-Mathis, CNRS, Prehistory Department of the Museum...

Discoveries

On the prehistoric site of Tourville-la-Rivière (Seine-Maritime, Normandy), a team of archaeologists from the French National Institute for...

Conference

The archaeology of violence: wartime violence, mass violence   
by Jacques Sémelin, CERI-Sciences Po, (CNRS)

Discoveries

A team of Inrap archaeologists is excavating, under curation by the State (Drac Rhône-Alpes), a Middle Paleolithic site in Quincieux in...

Press reviews

Some environments are believed to have been colonized, or not, by human societies throughout history. Depending on the period, on environmental...

Discoveries

Since March 2013, a team of Inrap archaeologists has been excavating 1.8 hectares in the ZAC of Vigneaux in Cuges-les-Pins (Bouches-du-Rhône).

Discoveries

A nearly complete mammoth skeleton has just been uncovered at Changis-sur-Marne in the Seine-et-Marne department.

Events

Collection Recherches - 384 pages - 28 €

Publications

How did Neandertals occupy their territories ? How did they organize their movements? These questions were addressed in numerous studies in recent...

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