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Mesolithic settlement on la Haute-Île in Neuilly-sur-Marne (Seine-Saint-Denis, France): between funerary and domestic functions

Abstract : The site of la Haute-Île in Neuilly-sur-Marne (Seine-Saint-Denis) is located in a meander of the Marne where a Holocene paleosoil is preserved over a surface of 3 400 m2, on the paleobank of a former island. This paleo-soil contains the remains of several Mesolithic occupations (as well as some sparse remains from the Neolithic and Protohistoric periods). The site was partially excavated as part of preventive (2000-2004), then programmed operations (2011-2015), which revealed, for the Mesolithic: on one hand, a group of graves (four, for the moment), which represent the fourth known cemetery in France for this period; and, on the other hand, abundant remains (lithic industry, fauna, osseous industry) indicating the presence of several successive domestic occupations. Radiocarbon dates reveal that the necropolis is older than the domestic remains, indicating several phases of site use during the Mesolithic, with, first of all, a mainly funerary use towards the middle of the seventh millennium before our era (transition between the first and second Mesolithic), followed by several domestic occupations during the sixth millennium (second Mesolithic i.e., late and final Mesolithic).
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Caroline Peschaux, Alexandre Deseine, Charlotte Leduc, Yann Le Jeune, Benjamin Marquebielle, et al.. Mesolithic settlement on la Haute-Île in Neuilly-sur-Marne (Seine-Saint-Denis, France): between funerary and domestic functions. Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Française, Société Préhistorique Française, 2020, 117 (4), pp.547-581. ⟨hal-03222586⟩

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