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See detailLe site Néolithique final de Labarthe 2 à Argelos (Pyrénées Atlantiques) : une occupation temporaire ?
Thirault, Eric; Dumontier, Patrice; Morin-Rivat, Julie ULg et al

in Perrin, Thomas; Sénépart, Ingrid; Thirault, Eric (Eds.) Actes des 9ème Rencontres Méridionales de Préhistoire récente, St-Goerges-de-Didonne (17), 08 et 09 octobre 2010 (2012)

In the Luy de France valley at Labarthe-Argelos (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), a rescue excavation was carried out during spring 2009 on a surface of 2200 m2. The entire Final Neolithic remains were recovered ... [more ▼]

In the Luy de France valley at Labarthe-Argelos (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), a rescue excavation was carried out during spring 2009 on a surface of 2200 m2. The entire Final Neolithic remains were recovered from one single soil unit within the colluvium sequence at bottom of the slope. Nine hearths have been studied (see contribution of B. Nicolle, this volume), the pottery and lithic objects have been positioned in the stratigraphy and a delimitated area with abundant pottery sherds has been identified in close proximity to a small hearth. The pottery assemblage can be assigned to the Final Neolithic sequence of south-western France, within the third millennium. It forms, however, an original facies and contributes to fill an information gap in the Northern Pyrenean region. The lithic artefacts were made on flint and quartzite. Two radiocarbon dates consistent with the data assemblage stemming from the excavation place these occupations between 2600 and 2400 BC cal. The field data attribute Labarthe 2 to a series of small sites exhibiting subtle features not very deeply anchored into the ground that are known in the Bearn and the Landes regions. They are interpreted by a variety of hypotheses: stops during pastoral displacements, crossing points of the valley, places for specific activities (fishing, hunting?), etc. Their location, at the foot of a spur dominating the confluence may also be complementary of a possible settlement on top of the spur. [less ▲]

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