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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.

Directed by François Malrain, Geertrui Blancquaert and Thierry Lorho
An Inrap-CNRS Editions co-publication

This book, resulting from a national investigation conducted by Inrap, is an analytical presentation of the rhythms of the emergence and abandonment of rural settlements during the Second Iron Age in the northern half of France. Depending on the region studied, between the 5th century BC and the 1st century AD, rural settlements were established, and have now been studied through preventative archaeological operations covering large surfaces. These studied updated our knowledge of the Gallic countryside, integrating paleobotanical, zooarchaeological and climatic data. Through systematic studies and presentations, this book offers a useful glimpse into this period, linking archaeology and historic information, such as the Celtic migration, the arrival of the Belgians and the Gallic Wars.

Recherches archéologiques 7

François Malrain is archaeologist, research and study engineer at Inrap. Specialist in the Gallic peasantry, he assured the scientific curating of the exhibition "Gaulois, une expo reversante" at the City of Science and Industry (2011-2012). He actively participates in the publication of articles on this subject.​

Geertrui Blancquaert is archaeologist, research engineer at the Ministry of Culture, in the regional service of Archeology of Champagne-Ardenne after having worked for many years in preventive archeology. Her research focuses on rural settlements and the Iron Age countryside.

Thierry Lorho is geomatic engineer at the Ministry of Culture, at the regional service of Archeology in Bretagne. His research focuses mainly on cartography and geographic information systems (GIS) applied to archeology.

Authors: Bruno Aubry, Geertrui Blancquaert, Dominique Bossut, Chris-Cécile Besnard-Vauterin, Sylvie Deffressigne, Vincent Desbrosse, Stéphane Gaudefroy, Frédéric Gransar, Nathalie Gressier, Ivan Jahier, Elven Le Goff, Thierry Lorho, François Malrain, Yves Menez, Catherine Moreau, Vincent Riquier, Muriel Roth-Zehner, Marion Saurel, Nicolas Tikonoff.

Full text on HAL

François Malrain (dir.), Geertrui Blancquaert (dir.), Thierry Lorho (dir.), Bruno Aubry, Dominique Bossut, et al.. - L'habitat rural du second âge du Fer : Rythmes de création et d'abandon au nord de la Loire. Inrap. CNRS Éditions, 264 p., 2013, Recherches archéologiques 7, 978-2-271-07963-3. (hal-02064233).

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