Espaces habités et espaces parcourus le long des cours d’eau du Languedoc occidental, du Roussillon et de l’Ampourdan du IXe s. au début du IIe s. av. n. è. Editions Mergoil, Autun, 2015, 431 p. (Archéologie du Paysage, 2)

Abstract : This book reflects on the links between hydrographic systems, human occupations and communication network, from the Hérault river (western Languedoc) to the Ter (Ampurdan), between the end of the Bronze Age (Bronze Final IIIb) and the Roman conquest (9th - beginning of the 2nd c. BC). This research uses a methodology which compares the geographical specificities of the river basins, the presence of the nearby settlements and products distribution. The relation between the river chanels, the settlements and the trading network is therefore used as the main framework. The observations about the occupation layout reveal numerous fluctuations. Several nuanced sequences and breakdowns contradict a development that would be both linear and gradual. Constancies are witnessing real settlement strategies in which the relationship between humans and rivers is the main component. On the subject of the communication network and trading, the environmental aspect of the sites is particularly important, as they open up onto valleys and communication routes, revealing an organisation directly linked with the organisation of exchanges. There, the correlation between the dynamic of the traffic routes and the web of inhabitations appears primordial. In a way, in a well organised exchange network, the river valleys, alongside which the sites are located, create a very structuring base for the development of settlement. Therefore, from the Hérault to the Ter, rivers appear as the major element conditioning the inhabited and travelled space.
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Virginie Ropiot. Espaces habités et espaces parcourus le long des cours d’eau du Languedoc occidental, du Roussillon et de l’Ampourdan du IXe s. au début du IIe s. av. n. è. Editions Mergoil, Autun, 2015, 431 p. (Archéologie du Paysage, 2). 2015. ⟨hal-01953746⟩

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