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Aux origines de l'exploitation du sel en Europe. Vestiges, fonctions et enjeux archéologiques.

Abstract : Through a survey of current knowledge across Europe, the author addresses the question of the origins of salt production (Neolithic and Chalcolithic) by examining types of debris (briquetage or other), manufacturing techniques and modes of control of production. An attempt is then made to understand how production is related to particular social contexts in which salt, far from playing an actual role in diet, was apparently a product with high exchange value and a form of long-lasting storage of wealth. As salt played a powerful economic role during certain periods, it is the underlying social processes that must be examined today.
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Olivier Weller. Aux origines de l'exploitation du sel en Europe. Vestiges, fonctions et enjeux archéologiques.. O. Weller (dir.), Archéologie du sel. Techniques et sociétés, actes du colloque international, XIVe congrès UISPP, Liège, sept 2001, Internationale Archäologie, ASTK, n°3, 2002, Rahden / Westfalie, Allemagne. pp.163-175. ⟨halshs-00004564⟩

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