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Du Bronze moyen au début du Bronze final dans le Sud-Est de la France (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Languedoc-Roussillon, Sud de Rhône-Alpes et de l’Auvergne)

Abstract : This work constitutes an overview of data from the Middle and the beginning of the Late Bronze Age in south-eastern France, area that encompasses the administrative regions of Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur,as well as the south of Rhône-Alpes and Auvergne. At the beginning of the Middle Bronze Age, the pottery styles show clear analogies to the Italian peninsula, the precise origin of which can differ from one area to another. There seems however to be consistency in funerary practices and the deposition metal objects. At the end of this period, italic influenced pottery styles become standardised in a large area covering the Mediterranean coast. In Auvergne these Mediterranean influences disappear in favour of the Duffaits style from the Centre-West of France. At the beginning of the Late Bronze Age, cultural areas are redefined even though their boundaries remain permeable. The stylistic links with the north of Italy and the presence of cremation burials are mainly limited to the footholds of the Southern Alps. In contrast, pottery groups of the Rhône Valley incorporate characteristics from the North that are reminiscent of the «southern cannelated» group of the “Tumulus Culture”. The composition of the hoards and their objects can also be compared to the Saone area and the Paris Basin. These observations lead towards an increasing cultural distinction between the area around the Rhône and the Alps during the first phase of the Late Bronze Age. They prefigure the ascension of the North-Alpine material culture that penetrates the middle and lower Rhône Valley during the middle phase of the Late Bronze Age.
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Thibault Lachenal, Joël Vital, Florent Mazière, Bernard Dedet, Romuald Mercurin, et al.. Du Bronze moyen au début du Bronze final dans le Sud-Est de la France (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Languedoc-Roussillon, Sud de Rhône-Alpes et de l’Auvergne). Colloque de l'APRAB Le Bronze moyen et l’origine du Bronze final en Europe occidentale (XVIIe-XIIIe siècle av. J.-C.)., 2014, Strasbourg, France. pp.463-496. ⟨hal-01952140⟩

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