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Radiometric dates for the Middle Palaeolithic sequence of Payre (Ardèche, France)

Hélène Valladas 1, 2 N. Mercier 1 L.K Ayliffe 3 Christophe Falguères 4 Jean-Jacques Bahain 4 J.-M. Dolo 5 L. Froget 1 J.-L. Joron 6 H. Masaoudi 4 J.-L. Reyss 1, 7 Marie-Hélène Moncel 4, * 
* Corresponding author
2 GEOTRAC - Géochrononologie Traceurs Archéométrie
LSCE - Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement [Gif-sur-Yvette] : DRF/LSCE
5 LNHB - Laboratoire National Henri Becquerel
DM2I - Département Métrologie Instrumentation & Information : DRT/LIST/DM2I
7 OCEANIS - Océan et Interfaces
LSCE - Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement [Gif-sur-Yvette] : DRF/LSCE
Abstract : The archaeological site of Payre (France) yielded Middle Palaeolithic layers with Neanderthal remains, which are partly bracketed by two stalagmitic flowstones. To obtain a precise chronological framework for the human occupation and the faunal remains of this site, several dating methods were used: uranium-series (U-series by alpha spectrometry and TIMS) and electron spin resonance (ESR) on stalagmitic flowstones, combined ESR/U-series on teeth and bones, and thermoluminescence (TL) on burnt flints. Most of the ages obtained for levels H to C range from 300 to 140 ka. The age-spread obtained for the anthropic (burnt flints) and faunal remains (bones and teeth) suggests that the dated levels represent several human occupation periods, near the transition from MIS8 to MIS7 (levels G–F) and from MIS6 to MIS5 (levels D–E).
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Hélène Valladas, N. Mercier, L.K Ayliffe, Christophe Falguères, Jean-Jacques Bahain, et al.. Radiometric dates for the Middle Palaeolithic sequence of Payre (Ardèche, France). Quaternary Geochronology, Elsevier, 2008, 3, pp.377-389. ⟨10.1016/j.quageo.2008.01.001⟩. ⟨halshs-00347697⟩

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