La France du Centre aux Pyrénées (Aquitaine, Centre, Limousin, Midi-Pyrénées, Poitou-Charentes)

Abstract : In South-West France, ancient literary sources refer to treasures flung into the ponds and the sanctuary of Tolosa. A great number of sacred deposits are also known from past discoveries, being reinterpreted here, and recent finds : items thrown in watery places, organized deposits in pits or shafts, fine metalwork being buried. Several sanctuaries with weapon and tool deposits are known, particularly in Central-West Gaul. Human remains found in settlements, notably in storage-pits in the région Centre, or in natural caves in Berry and Angoumois, don't belong to a funerary process in the strict meaning sense. In funerary cult sites of the Centre-West having standing-stones, ditch-enclosures where funerary features are not always documented are accompanied with sacrificial and libation shafts and pits and faunal remains refer to sacrificial practices. Sculpture reveals practices relating to ancestral cults.
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José Gomez de Soto, Pierre-Yves Milcent, Jean-Philippe Baigl, Alexis Gorgues, Pierre Moret, et al.. La France du Centre aux Pyrénées (Aquitaine, Centre, Limousin, Midi-Pyrénées, Poitou-Charentes). Gallia - Archéologie de la France antique, CNRS Éditions, 2003, Cultes et sanctuaires en France à l’âge du Fer, 60, pp.107-138. ⟨10.3406/galia.2003.3145⟩. ⟨hal-01778055⟩

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