Les Auzières

A Middle Paleolithic Cave Hyena Den in South-East France

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.

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This work is founded by the French Ministry of Culture.

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

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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Jacqueline Argant

Paleobotany

Palynology

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Salvador Bailon

Palaeontology

Herpetofauna

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Laurent Bruxelles

Geology

Geomorphology

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Emmanuel Desclaux

Palaeontology

Rodents

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Christelle Lahaye

Geochronology

Luminescence dating

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Véronique Laroulandie

Palaeontology

Birds

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Nicolas Lateur

Palaeontology

Cervids

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Brice Lebrun

Geochronology

Luminescence dating

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Pierre Magniez

Palaeontology

Bovids

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François Marchal

Palaeontology

Palaeoanthropology

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Jean-Luc Schneider

Geology

Micromorphology

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Ludovic Slimak

Archaeology

Flint tools

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Isabelle Théry-Parisot

Paleobotany

Anthracology

Field Team

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Robert Russ

Spéléologie

Publications

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(2009). Neandertals paleoenvironment in Western Provence: The contribution of Les Auzières 2 (Méthamis, Vaucluse, France). Comptes Rendus Palevol, 8(5) : 493-502.

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(2000). Un probable repaire de hyènes du début du Würm. Bulletin Archéologique de Provence, 28 : 77-84.

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(1983). L'ensemble karstique des Auzières à Méthamis (Vaucluse). Nouvelles archives du Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Lyon, 21 : 49-52.

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(1983). La faune des Auzières II à Méthamis (Vaucluse). Nouvelles archives du Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Lyon, 21 : 53-58.

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Contact

  • 5, rue du Château de l'horloge
    13090 Aix-en-Provence
  • Laboratoire méditerranéen de préhistoire Europe Afrique
    Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l’homme