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Tilly-la-Campagne (Calvados) “Chemin RN 158”. New evidence of Early Neolithic occupation

Abstract : A preventive operation conducted by the Archaeological Service of the Calvados Council in 2007 in Tilly-la-Campagne (Calvados, revealed an isolated feature dating to the Early Neolithic (St. 72). This two lobed pit dug into the loess is an irregular elongated shape, oriented east-west and measuring 4.40 m by 2.15 m. The sparse but diverse finds were mainly discovered in the eastern part of the pit. They include worked flint (587 pieces), pottery (199 sherds), fragments of milling tools (14 items), fragments of schist rings (4 sets), hematite nodules (5 items), animal bone (229 residues) and charred hazelnut shells. The attempted radiocarbon analysis did not give a usable result. This structure is probably all that remains of a possibly larger site, destroyed by the agricultural activities of the Caen plain. The nature and diversity of the finds indicate an Early Neolithic domestic site. The pottery is also a prominent cultural marker with two sherds decorated with impressions, technique widely used by Danubian cultural groups. The presence of a large ring fragment and a tranchet could also refer to the end of Blicquy/Villeneuve-Saint-Germain.
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François Charraud, Pierre Giraud, Denis Jan, Anna Baudry, Cécile Germain-Vallée. Tilly-la-Campagne (Calvados) “Chemin RN 158”. New evidence of Early Neolithic occupation. Revue Archéologique de l'Ouest, Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2016, 33, pp.39-53. ⟨hal-01952645⟩



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