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Des pierres ornées en position secondaire ?

Abstract : A slab decorated with a bas-relief nipple and six small slabs with cup marks were unearthed during excavations. The simplicity of the nipple symbol (the same as the cup marks but in relief) only allows a superficial idea of its meaning. However, this symbol can be found on megalithic monuments sometimes isolated, but usually in pairs, where it is generally interpreted in this case like a pair of breasts. The supports of cup-marked slabs are small plates of soft and friable rock (gneiss or micaschist), materials incompatible with the anvil bipolar technique or other crushing of hard materials. In addition, the cup marks were carved carefully. These elements differ in principle to a utilitarian function of these objects. If the cup marks are well represented on outcrops or the megalithic monuments, cases of portable cup-marked stones attributed to the Neolithic or the Bronze Age are rare in Brittany. We will try to examine some reported cases and replace small cup-marked slabs of Beg ar Loued in a broader context. Finally, it is clear that small slabs are not in a primary position; even if there is doubt about the slab adorned with a nipple, it also seems to be reused
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Yvan Pailler, Klet Donnart, Clément Nicolas. Des pierres ornées en position secondaire ?. Yvan Pailler; Clément Nicolas. Une maison sous les dunes : Beg Ar Loued, île Molène, Finistère. Identité et adaptation des groupes humains en mer d’Iroise entre les IIIe et IIe millénaires avant notre ère, Sidestone Press, pp.553-562, 2019, 978-9-088-90380-9. ⟨hal-02150645⟩



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