What Occupation Type in the Unit F
at Payre (Ardèche, France)?
A Specialised Hunting Stop or a Short-term Camp?
An Example of a Multidisciplinary Approach
Camille DAUJEARD, Marie-Hélène MONCEL, Florent RIVALS,
Philippe FERNANDEZ, Daniele AURELI, Patrick AUGUSTE,
Hervé BOCHERENS, Évelyne CRÉGUT-BONNOURE,
Évelyne DEBARD, Marie LIOUVILLE
The middle Rhône Valley in the south east of France offers an opportunity to address the question of Neandertal mobility and the status of their occupations by comparing a broad corpus of sites in a limited chronological and geographic context. The combined study of occupation levels from ten deposits has revealed three occupation types defined based on the management and use of animal resources (Daujeard, 2008). This diversity is represented by technical choices and diverse tool assemblages. In addition to faunal criteria, this work compares other parameters, such as archaeostratigraphy, lithic artefacts and dental microwear to determine site function and occupation duration. We present the example of unit F at the site of Payre, dated to MIS 8/7 and defined as a recurring short -term camp.