A preliminary report on the Late Pleistocene small mammals from the Abri du Ranc de l'Arc (Ardèche, France)
ALBAN DEFLEUR, COSTIN RĂDULESCU
Cuvinte cheie: Micromammals, Recent Mousterian, Hengelo interstadial (Würm), climate, ecology, sothern France, Ardèche
Articol: The preliminary results of the excavations undertaken at the Abri du Ranc de l'Arc (Ardèche, France), a new site belonging to the Recent Mousterian, are presented. Evidence from the variation of small mammals in the four successive occupation levels (layers 7-4) indicates a climatic shift from cold (layers 7-6) to temperate (layers 5-4) conditions. Radiocarbon date (41,300±1,900 B.P. and 42,200±1,600 B.P. for layer 5, the main archaeological level) suggest a correlation of the upper portion of the sediments (layers 5-4) with the Hengelo intersadial (isotopic stage 3 of deep-sea cores).
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