Tours: origins of urban archaeology, new approaches and new questions

Abstract : Focusing on urban archaeology practices in Tours, this article first describes how the discipline has developed in France since the end of the 1960s, showing the progressive professionalization and the replacement of local structures by national bodies. Secondly, it describes the computer tools that have been developed to move on from topographical or morphological analysis to modelling. Finally, the article explores two main on-going issues concerning chronology and urban form in Tours, namely the nature of protohistorical occupation, and how the urban landscape changed during late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages.
Document type :
Journal articles
Complete list of metadatas
Contributor : Xavier Rodier <>
Submitted on : Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:52:31 PM
Last modification on : Friday, January 17, 2020 - 4:10:07 PM


  • HAL Id : halshs-01985433, version 1



Elisabeth Lorans, Xavier Rodier, Anne-Marie Jouquand. Tours: origins of urban archaeology, new approaches and new questions. European Journal of Post-Classical Archaeologies, SAP Societa Archeologica, 2018, 8/2018 (8), pp.19-42. ⟨halshs-01985433⟩



Record views