About protohistoric heating stones hearths
in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Abstract: In the light of recent archaeological discoveries since the early 2000s, this paper reviews the question of protohistoric heating stone hearths in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. To date, twenty-eight sites have been studied, bringing the number of establishments known for this period to a total of thirty. Thus, the region is proving to be of primary importance for the global understanding of these specific features and their chronology. The sites from Provence are also compared to the other examples of this type of structure outside of this geographical zone. A total of 168 sites and 763 hot stone hearths have been inventoried. While some are found isolated or in small groupings, others are arranged in assemblages, ranging in number, sometimes reaching several dozen. The sites for which the hearths are the most numerous must now be considered as strong territorial markers likely related to several habitat units.
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