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Sites de passage (2). Le modèle carnacois des pierres dressées à l’épreuve des steppes et des légendes

Serge Cassen 1, 2
2 LARA - Laboratoire de recherche ARchéologie et Architecture
UN - Université de Nantes, CReAAH - Centre de Recherche en Archéologie, Archéosciences, Histoire
Abstract : Carnac, in the west of France, is an extraordinary archaeological site – several thousand stones raised in parallel lines on kilometres of development - among which nature and destination pose problem. A conceptual frame was proposed in 2009 which plays on several concepts (verticality, border, threshold, repetition) and several active or sensitive aects (heaviness, hard stone, fright). These descriptive and analytical groups were joint in such model, where the stele becomes the radical element. This essay would like to test this model in the contact of Eurasian archaeological sites (Armenia, Altaï), in hilly environments in contrast to the Carnac situation, and regarding societies at the same time more recent and mainly turned to a nomadic pastoral activity. A bridge will be established with stories and ethnographic analyses which allow to envisage a game of analogies from data relating to the space organisation of domestic and funeral structures of the current or sub-current societies of Siberia and Mongolia. A general hypothesis is proposed by which these stone rows linked to the funeral burial mounds could play in these last régions a similar role as for the sêrgê, the wooden stake to tie the real or celestial horses. One will try to assess the pertinence of the Carnac model in the light of this knowledge, notably by coming back on the question of cardinal directions
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Serge Cassen. Sites de passage (2). Le modèle carnacois des pierres dressées à l’épreuve des steppes et des légendes. Guillaume Robin, André D’Anna, Aurore Schmitt & Maxence Bailly. Fonctions, utilisations et représentations de l'espace dans les sépultures monumentales du Néolithique européen / Functions, uses and representations of space in the monumental graves of Neolithic Europe, Presses Universitaires de Provence, pp.343-362, 2016, Collection Préhistoires de la Méditerranée. ⟨hal-02474548⟩



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