Flint Mining and Cross-Channel Connections an outline for A Comparative Approach and Research Perspectives in Normandy and Soutern England

Abstract : Discoveries and research carried out in Normandy and the Southern England, since the 2000s, brings new information about the origin and the chronology of the flint mining phenomenon in North-Western Europe. This phenomenon is associated with other important manifestations, which characterize the Neolithic / Chalcolithic European transition period, including huge enclosures, flint mines, funerary monumentalism, etc. In Western Europe they show important socio-economic, technical and cultural changes in Neolithic society. Among them the intensive exploitation of lithic sources is an essential macroeconomic marker for archaeologists. For this paper we propose to cross the data relating to the mining phenomenon in Normandy on the one hand and in the South of England on the other hand. Normandy data has been increased in recent years by new excavations from preventive archeology. At the same time the south of England saw the realization of new university research and new radiocarbon dating. We think it's important to take an overview of this phenomenon on both sides of the Channel. From a comparative and relatively basic point of view, the first aim is to compare the exploited geological resources, which are sometimes very comparable in the two regions. It is of course necessary to correlate the geological and geographical location of known mines with the forms of extraction structures, and the technical processes of mining. The same comparative work can be extended to include production techniques: including the lithic technology, as it is possible to compare the realized products and their diffusion. By observing a second time, in which chronoculturally and environmentally the phenomenon develops on both sides of the Channel, we intend to enlighten this period of consolidation of the Neolithic model in our regions, and the modalities of the neolithization of Great Britain.
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François Charraud, Blazej Baczkowski, Marcigny Cyril. Flint Mining and Cross-Channel Connections an outline for A Comparative Approach and Research Perspectives in Normandy and Soutern England. Exploring the World’s Prehistory, XVIIIe congrès mondial de l’Union internationale des sciences préhistoriques et protohistoriques (UISPP), Union internationale des sciences préhistoriques et protohistoriques (UISPP), Jun 2018, Paris, France. ⟨hal-02092860⟩

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