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Publication . Article . 2016

Radiocarbon Dating of the Decorated Cosquer Cave (France)

Hélène Valladas; Anita Quiles; Emmanuelle Delqué-Količ; Evelyne Kaltnecker; Christophe Moreau; Edwige Pons-Branchu; Luc Vanrell; +2 Authors
Open Access
Published: 22 Dec 2016
Publisher: HAL CCSD
Country: France
AbstractThe Grotte Cosquer (southeastern France) is a Paleolithic painted cave only accessible by a deep-water dive. The cave has yielded numerous Paleolithic engravings and drawings, which were produced from wood charcoal. This article presents new radiocarbon dates obtained on samples collected in 2012 directly on 17 parietal representations and at the soil surface, and discusses the 14C results obtained since the discovery of the cave in 1992. A total of 41 samples were dated with ages ranging from 33,000 to 20,000 cal BP. They show that the cave was intermittently decorated over about 10,000 yr.
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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Geology Soil surface Radiocarbon dating law.invention law Paleontology Charcoal visual_art.visual_art_medium visual_art Cave geography.geographical_feature_category geography Archaeology


Paleolithic, 14C dating, decorated Cosquer cave, [SHS.ARCHEO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Archaeology and Prehistory, General Earth and Planetary Sciences, Archeology

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