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Des mammouths et des hommes en Armorique : occupations humaines et variations de l’environnement au Pléistocène dans l’Ouest de la France

Abstract : The location of the Armorican Massif, and its geological and geomorphological features, have strongly shaped the natural environment of Palaeolithic populations for a period of 300,000 years, encompassing the last three interglacial-glacial cycles. Numerous marine transgressions and regressions have been taking place in the Western English Channel with sea-level as low as - 50m in the Normano-Breton Gulf and the Bay of Saint-Brieuc. During cooler climates this phenomenon created new areas of land and was at the origin of the development of the ‘mammoth steppe’, tundra and taiga. These unique environments favoured large herbivores and were often associated with the main signatures of human presence. Frequently these Palaeolithic sites can be found preserved under Pleistocene deposits, however a large number of them are likely now submerged by the Holocene marine transgression.
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Jean-Laurent Monnier, Jean-Pierre Lefort, Dominique Cliquet, Stéphan Hinguant, Briagell Huet, et al.. Des mammouths et des hommes en Armorique : occupations humaines et variations de l’environnement au Pléistocène dans l’Ouest de la France. L’Homme, la faune et le climat durant la Préhistoire, Musée d’Anthropologie préhistorique de Monaco, Oct 2014, Monaco, Monaco. pp.91-121. ⟨hal-02476225⟩

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