Islands and archaeological research in Western France

Abstract : The Brittany region corresponds to the largest peninsula of France, including hundreds of isles and small islands. Almost all of these islands contain remains of ancient human occupation dating from Prehistoric times and historical periods: megalithic monuments, Neolithic and Metal Ages settlements, Stone Age tool deposits, pre-Roman salt production workshops, early Christian hermitages and chapels, fish traps built at various periods, and so on. This paper aims to present a collaborative research project dedicated to island archaeological research in Western France. The geographical, cultural and historical background throws light on the genesis and development of the collaborative research carried out over the past two decades by the AMARAI Association 1 ; the objectives, methods, content and main results of the research projects are summarised, along with a short presentation of the plans and prospects that aim at opening up new perspectives on coastal and island archaeology in Western France.
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Marie-Yvane Daire. Islands and archaeological research in Western France. Shima : The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures., Shima Publishing, 2009, 3 (2), pp.52-69. ⟨hal-02343673⟩

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