Le Mourre de la Barque

Phases included in the AgriChange project

Cardial: 5300-4900 cal BC
Chassey: 4300-4000 cal BC
Late middle Neolithic (3600-3400 cal BC)
Late Neolithic: 3400-2500 cal BC

Type of site

Cave site, multiple functions



Work done to date

Ca. 60 samples analysed (in collaboration with S. Jacomet)

Type of study

Archaeobotanical analysis


Relatively poor in seed/fruit remains (pulses abundant), rich in small animal remains

Main significance

Few cave sites studied with modern methodology in Southern France. The long stratigraphy will be ideal for diachronic analyses.

Main difficulties

Avoiding/Identifying contaminations