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.

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Since November 2011, a team of Inrap archaeologists has been excavating a large Solutrean site in Boulazac (Dordogne), near Périgueux. This work, w

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An Inrap team has intervened, under the curation of the State (Drac Midi-Pyrénées), in the monumental cave-tunnel of Mas d’Azil (Ariège...

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Published on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Inrap, this issue presents some major evolutions of archaeological knowledge,...

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During the construction of the A28 motorway from Rouen to Alençon, a site dated to the Late Upper Paleolithic was discovered and excavated at...

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Vincent Mourre, préhistorien à l'Inrap publie avec Paola Villa et Christopher S. Henshilwood, une découverte capitale sur le site de Blombos...

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A team of a archaeologists from Inrap (The National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research) is at present excavating, curated by the Stat

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Human societies have always been confronted to a modest or ample, slow or sudden rise in sea level, and thus to the retreat or advance of the land...

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Inrap's international activities are inseparable from its missions. With their partners, the archaeologists of the institute intervene according...

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For archaeologists, and especially for those who study building archaeology, it is clear that the supply of provision for construction sites, ever...

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The management of the different products of hunting is mainly extrapolated from bone deposits: modes of acquisition, subsistence, distribution ......

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A poor relative of mammals, the fish only had for himself that he was particularly prolific. As a result, he is abundantly fished and eaten. The...

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As a tribute to Jean-Paul Demoule, President of Inrap from 2002 to 2008, this issue brings together a series of contributions on the history of...

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The sources of rapprochement and remoteness which essentially unite and divide men have been demonstrated by the anthropologist and the...

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Numerous Neanderthal artifacts are currently being excavated by a team from the Inrap at Saint-Amand-les-Eaux (Nord). The excavation, taking...

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Trying to understand how different settlements have emerged is one of the major goals of archaeology. Basing itself on material data, it provides...

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In the Somme region, a joint team of CNRS and Inrap archaeologists have discovered a site fundamental for our understanding of the history of...

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In advance of work on line N° 2 of the Montpellier tramway, an excavation, curated by the Regional Archaeology Service, was carried out at Fontaine

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