Les Auzières

A Middle Paleolithic Cave Hyena Den in South-East France

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The excavation of Les Auzières caves is a ongoing fieldwork that aims to:

  • Study the Neanderthal occupation of South-East France
  • Investigate Human-Carnivore interactions over the Palaeolithic
  • Understand ancient climates and environments

This excavation is also a field school for graduate and undergraduate students.

Disciplinary Fields

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Archaeology

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Palaeontology, Taphonomy

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Archaeozoology

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Palaeoenvironments

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Geology

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Geochronology

Research History

 
 
 
 
 

Excavations by J.-B. Fourvel & N. Frerebeau

Jul 2014 – Present
 
 
 
 
 

Excavations by H. Monchot & F. Marchal

Sep 1998 – Jul 2005
 
 
 
 
 

First survey by M. Paccard & M. Livache

Apr 1980 – May 1980

Meet the Team

Principal Investigators

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Jean-Baptiste Fourvel

Palaeontology (Carnivores)

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Nicolas Frerebeau

Archaeology

Researchers

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Emmanuel Desclaux

Palaeontology (Rodents)

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François Marchal

Palaeoanthropology

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Brice Lebrun

Geochronology (luminescence dating)

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Christelle Lahaye

Geochronology (luminescence dating)

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Jacqueline Argant

Palynology

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Jean-Luc Schneider

Micromorphology

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Laurent Bruxelles

Geomorphology

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Ludovic Slimak

Archaeology (flint tools)

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Nicolas Lateur

Palaeontology (Cervids)

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Pierre Magniez

Palaeontology (Bovids)

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Salvador Bailon

Palaeontology (herpetofauna)

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Véronique Laroulandie

Palaeontology (Birds)

Location

  • 84570 Méthamis
    France