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New perspectives on Late Bronze Age lagoon sites in the South of France revealed by animal exploitation at the La Motte I site (Hérault)
- Lespes, Carole, Lachenal, Thibault, Gardeisen, Armelle, Gascó, Jean
- Journal of archaeological science: Reports 2019 v.25 pp. 206-216
- archaeology, fauna, herds, livestock, mammals, meat, wood poles, France
- At the present time, only a few Late Bronze Age sites in the French Mediterranean have yielded faunal data. The newly excavated site of La Motte I (Hérault, France) is exceptionally well preserved owing to its underwater context. The discovery of large quantities of pottery, a wattle and some wooden poles allowed the site to be dated to the Late Bronze Age IIIb (900–775 BCE). The zooarchaeological analysis of the mammalian remains has made it possible to identify the nature of butchery operations at the site. Culling profiles show herd management practices during this period and bring to light specific dietary practices. These data reveal meat procurement behaviour in this Bronze Age Mediterranean population, highlighting regular meat acquisition from domestic livestock.