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Les Arnajons (Le-Puy-Sainte-Réparade, Bouches-du-Rhône) : un nouveau dolmen dans le Sud-Est de la France

Abstract : A new dolmen was discovered in the Bouches-du-Rhône département during surveys and test trenches performed by Inrap prior to setting up a pipeline. The archaeological potential of the structure was only assessed and the project amendment allowed avoiding a complete excavation. The monument is located on a piedmont, in the Northern part of the Bouches-du-Rhône département, approximately 15 km North-northeast of Aix-en-Provence on the edge of the Durance valley. Embedded in a pit, the structure comprises three walls and the covering slab is missing. The test trenches show that the chamber contained at least two levels of deposits. The little series of furnishings are subjected to detailed studies, particularly with regard to the lithic industry (materials, technology, microwear analysis). The furniture and the radiocarbon dating corroborate the attribution of this monument to the Final Neolithic. The discussion pertains to integrating this dolmen into megalithism in the Provence region. It looks into the issues of chronology and cultural allocation. The potential links with other types of monuments, particularly with hypogeum such as Fontvieille's, remain an fundamental source of debate.
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Jean-Philippe Sargiano, André d'Anna, Céline Bressy-Leandri, Jessie Cauliez, Muriel Pellissier, et al.. Les Arnajons (Le-Puy-Sainte-Réparade, Bouches-du-Rhône) : un nouveau dolmen dans le Sud-Est de la France. Préhistoires méditerranéennes, Association pour la promotion de la préhistoire et de l'anthropologie méditerrannéennes, 2010, 1, pp.1-37. ⟨halshs-00584981⟩



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