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Les léporidés dans la subsistance paléolithique du sud de la France

Abstract : It's generally agreed in Circum-Mediterranean Europe that the end of the upper Palaeolithic is stressed by a revolution in the subsistence strategy. This one is characterised by a widening of the diet towards small game especially leporids (rabbits and hares). However, is this change real in south of France? If it is the case, we can wonder, what are the social, economic and cultural implications? To be able to get the clues to answers those questions, it's essential to know the assemblage representativity (origins and changes). So, the major part of our work consisted in establishing a critical assessement of the knowledge of this skill and in improving them with new referentials (foxes dens, Great Eagle accumulation) and fossils (accidental mortality: Coudoulous II, les Rameaux). Then, the methodological tools we got, have been applied on three archaeological assemblages : the Canalettes (middle Paleolithic), Bois Ragot (Magdalenian final) and the Faurélie II (Magdalenian final). This work testifies of the huge variety of the exploitation sequences and point at the implication of those animals in the resources management on the territory. Eventually, the study of the leporids representation in south of France archaeofauna confirms the increase of small games capture during the Palaeolithic end. Thought, this hunting behaviour isn't a big change, it's more a narrow relationship with the nature, the function and/or each habitat context.
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David Cochard. Les léporidés dans la subsistance paléolithique du sud de la France. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. Université Sciences et Technologies - Bordeaux I, 2004. Français. ⟨tel-00496206⟩



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