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The Pratz le Curtillet settlement. A Merovingian establishment in the Jura highlands (late 6th-7th century)
25 November 2016
14 June 2018
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 David Billoin
An Inrap-CNRS Editions co-publication
Among the earliest habitats of the early Middle Ages studied in Franche-Comté, the Pratz le Curtillet a settlement sets itself apart by its location in the Jura highlands, renowned for its remoteness and inhospitable landscapes. On the Lizon plateau, the scope of the archaeological work explored on the 16 hectares and the quality of the remains still constitute an exceptional complex today.
An imposing 16m by 13m stone building flanked by an annex forms the residential part of the estate, while sheltering fodder and livestock, while the second building houses a forge. Domestic and artisanal equipment provide ample documentation on the living conditions of this small community of high status due to its involvement in the iron economy. Studies undertaken at different scales in a territory where one of the earliest monastic communities in Gaule is located, not far from a route crossing the massif, contribute to setting precious milestones for this period.
David Billoin, archaeologist with Inrap, is attached to the UMR 5140 Archeology of Mediterranean Societies of the University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3. He is specialised in perched housing and settlements from the late antiquity to the early Middle Ages, he has published many articles and contributes to several collective research projects on the Merovingian period.
Authors: David Billoin, Marion Berranger, Manon Cabanis, Benoît Clavel, Jean Cayrol, Christophe Dunikowski, Tatjana Gluhak, Corinne Goy, Sylviane Humbert, Luc Jaccottey, Ildiko Katona-Serneels, Juliette Langlois, Hervé Laurent, Annabelle Milleville, Vincent Mougin, Claudine Munier, Inès Pactat, Jacqueline Pilet-Lemière, Martine Regert, Sylvain Rotillon, Anne Schmitt, Valérie Thirion-Merle, Julian Wiethold.
Collection "Recherches archéologiques", 10
Size 22 x 28 cm
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