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Approche archéologique de la variabilité des comportements individuels. L'exemple de quelques tailleurs magdaléniens à Pincevent.

Abstract : Sylvie Ploux, the author of this innovative PhD, died in 1999 and couldn't see through its publication. Defended in 1988, her thesis is the first theoretical and methodological study on the nature of the skills in prehistoric archaeology. Whereas many researchers currently studying the understanding of lithic assemblages are interested in the variability of the skills, the posting online of this academic work is meant to restore a precursor of this approach to her rightful place. The reading thus made possible will allow everybody to assess the pertinence of a research that still remains amongst the most accomplished on the variability of skills. Setting out the principle that archaeological approaches must be able to take into account the varying identities of the individuals behind the diverse manipulations still observable, this thesis first specifies the principles of such an approach, then considers the nature and interest of its informative potential, supported by an archaeological case study that places the flint knapping at the heart of the work: Unit 27-M89 of the Magdalenian settlement of Level IV20 at Pincevent (77 - Seine-et-Marne). In this occupation unit, the knapping activity serves the daily life of the reindeers hunters that came in autumn to met the migrating herd. The methodology set up by Sylvie Ploux helped bring back to life some of the individuals that were part of the social unit and knapped the flint, from their production. We'll meet the experienced knapper shaping their hunting weapons; the skilled knappers, maybe male just as well as female, supplying tools for the household; the learning adolescent about to be given a lesson; and the young child still in the imitation stage. We wish to thank the parents of Sylvie Ploux for making her work available to the entire community. The text presented here is a digitization of the original PhD.
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Sylvie Ploux. Approche archéologique de la variabilité des comportements individuels. L'exemple de quelques tailleurs magdaléniens à Pincevent.. Archéologie et Préhistoire. Université de Nanterre - Paris X, 1988. Français. ⟨tel-00761111⟩



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