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Note préliminaire sur le site protohistorique de Punta di Casteddu (Sartène, Corse-du-Sud)

Abstract : The protohistoric site of Punta di Casteddu is located in south-western Corsica, in the Sartenais region. It was discovered some twenty years ago and has recently been reassessed as part of an archaeological fieldwalking survey carried out within the research project “Cauria, the megalithic site of Stazzona – I Stantari” directed by André D’Anna. The site was occupied and used from the middle of the Late Bronze Age to the middle of the Early Iron Age, i.e. the pre-and protohistoric periods by far the best represented in this micro-region. The site contains evidence of domestic activity including one or two houses and several clusters of rock cavities or shelters. Among the latter, the western group appears to have been extensively used, as shown by large quantities of material recovered from the surface, especially pottery. This pottery is typologically and technologically typical of the Bronze Age-Iron Age transition in this part of the island that probably saw a significant level of demographic growth and a remarkable degree of cultural unity from the end of the 2nd millennium BC onwards. As a working hypothesis we interpret most rock cavities as having had a funerary use, suggesting for the first time that cremation may have taken place there, introduced to the island from north-western Italy at the beginning of the Late Bronze Age if not earlier. This would partly explain the absence of funerary contexts in this phase of Corsican protohistory.
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Kewin Peche-Quilichini, Florian Soula, Florent Châteauneuf. Note préliminaire sur le site protohistorique de Punta di Casteddu (Sartène, Corse-du-Sud). Gallia Préhistoire – Préhistoire de la France dans son contexte européen, CNRS Éditions, 2016, 56, pp.198-212. ⟨10.4000/galliap.390⟩. ⟨hal-01765919⟩

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