Neanderthal facing climatic disruptions of the MIS 4 in southwestern France: between cynegetic choices and environmental constraints / Christelle Dancette

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Neanderthal facing climatic disruptions of the MIS 4 in southwestern France: between cynegetic choices and environmental constraints / Christelle Dancette, in colloque "1st Virtual Conference for Women Archaeologists and Paleontologists. Nouveaux apports à l’étude des populations et environnements passés" organisé par le laboratoire Travaux et Recherches Archéologiques sur les Cultures, les Espaces et les Sociétés (TRACES) de l’Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès et le laboratoire Paléontologie Évolution Paléoécosystèmes (PALEVOPRIM) de l'Université de Poitiers, sous la responsabilité scientifique de Julie Bachellerie, Ana Belén Galán López (Traces), Émilie Berlioz et Margot Louail (Palevoprim). Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, 8-9 mars 2021. [Conférence enregistrée à distance].Session 3 : Exploitation of natural resources and raw materials, subsistence strategies.

The MIS 4 climatic’s period (approximately 75-60 ka BP) corresponds, in southwestern France, to the gradual replacement of Atlantic forests, sheltering non-migratory temperate fauna (Deer, Roe Deer, Wild boar), by a biotope dominated by the arctic steppe, in which Reindeer would have found a favorable place to live. These environmental disturbances were accompanied by major changes in Neanderthal societies, with the establishment of the Quina Mousterian, a remarkable techno-complex of the end of the Mousterian which saw the emergence of massive and seasonal reindeer slaughter, associated with butchery operations and tool’s production and maintenance now sequenced in time and space. As part of this phD, data from classical archaeozoology and cementochronology are combined and integrated into 3D taphonomic and spatial studies, in order to investigate under high stratigraphic resolution the recording sequences covering the implementation and dissemination of the Quina Mousterian system, and to specify its links with the environmental disturbances of MIS 4, at a time when Reindeer and Red Deer -two species whose current distributions seldom overlap (taiga)- are observed within the same assemblies, one gradually replacing the other. The preliminary examination of the spatial data acquired (taphonomic and taxonomic variables) on two famous sequences from Perigord (Grotte XVI and Roc-de-Marsal) reveals a particular distribution of taxa in cross-section: Red Deer and Reindeer are not found together within the same units, but are in fact superimposed, thereby invalidating the stratigraphic division made during excavations. These first results undoubtedly have palaeoenvironmental implications (and could perhaps reflect the prey avaibility) and show once again the need to call on taphonomic and spatial studies before any reconstruction from archaeological material.

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Nathalie MICHAUD (Réalisation), Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès-campus Mirail (Production), SCPAM / Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès-campus Mirail (Publication), Christelle Dancette (Intervenant)
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Christelle Dancette. UT2J. (2021, 8 mars). Neanderthal facing climatic disruptions of the MIS 4 in southwestern France: between cynegetic choices and environmental constraints / Christelle Dancette. [Vidéo]. Canal-U. (Consultée le 4 juin 2023)

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