Grand-Pressigny was not alone: acquiring and sharing data within the collective research project “Lithothèques Network for the Centre-Val de Loire Region” (France)

Vincent Delvigne 1, 2 Paul Fernandes 2, 3 Raphaël Angevin 4, 5 Harold Lethrosne 6 Jehanne Affolter 7, 8 Thierry Aubry 9 Marie-France Creusillet 6 Frédéric Demouche 10 Jean Dépont Stéphan Dubernet 11 Laurent Klaric 12 François-Xavier Le Bourdonnec 11 Audrey Lafarge 13 René Liabeuf 4 Morgane Liard 14, 15 Nicole Mallet Xavier Mangado-Llach 16 Laure-Anne Millet-Richard 10 Marie-Hélène Moncel 17 Johannes Musch 14 Michel Philippe 10 Michel Piboule Jérôme Primault 5, 18 Jean-Paul Raynal 2, 19 Clément Recq 13 Mar Rey-Solé 16 Marta Sánchez de La Torre 11, 16 Patrick Schmidt 20 Pascal Tallet 2, 3 Gabriel Teurquety 5 Médard Thiry 21 Christophe Tuffery 14 Christian Verjux 5
Abstract : In the wake of the discovery of numerous large blade workshops at Le Grand-Pressigny site (Indre-et-Loire, France), which initially aroused great interest, the mid-Loire Valley region became central to studies of flint diffusion. Despite the quality of the initial work, the widely shared view now is that the capacity for this concept to continue to provide useful archaeological modelling has diminished. Establishing real and actual correlations between archaeological objects and geological samples remains difficult, making it almost impossible to determine the source of certain materials represented in an archaeological series. In response to this problem, the French collective research project "Réseau de lithothèque en région Centre-Val de Loire" assembled about 30 amateur and professional researchers from various European institutions to work on three strategic missions: - Mission 1: establish a list of current rock-libraries (lithothèques), verify their contents and complete them if necessary; - Mission 2: link the major types of depositional environments with the properties acquired by flint through its life; - Mission 3: spread knowledge and information both within the project and to all interested persons. The project is closely associated with similar French programs already in place in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Aquitaine regions. The ultimate objective is to build a national and international community around a common project, bringing participants together regularly to share knowledge and technical expertise.
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Vincent Delvigne, Paul Fernandes, Raphaël Angevin, Harold Lethrosne, Jehanne Affolter, et al.. Grand-Pressigny was not alone: acquiring and sharing data within the collective research project “Lithothèques Network for the Centre-Val de Loire Region” (France). 11th International Symposium on Knappable Materials – From toolstone to stone tools, Nov 2017, Buenos Aires, Argentina. ⟨hal-01910608⟩

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