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The ceramic assemblages from the Final Neolithic, Bell Beaker period, and Early Bronze Age settlements of the Upper Rhône valley (3300-1600 BCE): typology, radiocarbon dating, and regional chronological sequence

Published inArchives des Sciences, vol. 71, p. 45-94
Publication date2020
Abstract

This paper assesses and revises the ceramic typology and the absolute chronology of the Final Neolithic, Bell Beaker period, and Early Bronze Age settlements of the Upper Rhône valley (3300-1600 BCE). It brings together the acquisition of complete numerical and typological data on the ceramic assemblages and the recalibration of the available 14C dates published so far in the literature. First, it presents in detail each site and its occupation phases and provides quantitative and qualitative information on the pottery material for each examined archaeological context. These include the exact number of potsherds/ vases and their main morpho-typological features. It then homogenizes the radiocarbon database by applying the same calibration curve to each date before executing statistical analyses, i.e. chi-squared tests and Bayesian analysis. This leads to the definition of six groups of dates that could correspond to contemporaneous occupations. Thirdly, it examines the recurrence of the ceramic typological traits for each of these groups. Finally, it outlines a chrono-typology for the Final Neolithic, Bell Beaker period, and Early Bronze Age settlements of the Upper Rhône valley, providing a complete, updated view of the situation in the region.

Keywords
  • Archéologie
  • Préhistoire
  • Suisse
  • Valais
  • Haute Vallée du Rhône
  • Céramique
  • Habitat
  • Néolithique
  • Campaniforme
  • Age du Bronze
Funding
  • Swiss National Science Foundation - 172742 (PI M. Besse)
  • Autre - Bourse Augustin Lombard (PI D. Carloni ; PI E. Derenne)
Citation (ISO format)
CARLONI, Délia et al. The ceramic assemblages from the Final Neolithic, Bell Beaker period, and Early Bronze Age settlements of the Upper Rhône valley (3300-1600 BCE): typology, radiocarbon dating, and regional chronological sequence. In: Archives des Sciences, 2020, vol. 71, p. 45–94.
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  • PID : unige:144136
ISSN of the journal1661-464X
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