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the Contribution of Pollen Data
from the Loup and Cagne Plains (Alpes-Maritimes)

Sébastien GUILLON

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During the first half of the Holocene, climatic conditions, anthropogenic conditions and sea levels underwent numerous and significant modifications. To qualify the response of the coastal alluvial vegetation to these changing conditions between the end of the 8th and the 5th millennia, a high-resolution pollen analysis of two sedimentary alluvial sequences (Le Loup and La Cagne basins) was realized. The results, obtained through a multidisciplinary approach, show the precise evolution of the coastal and alluvial ecosystems. The rise in sea level and climatic forcing played a fundamental role in this evolution. While anthropogenic forcing during the Mesolithic was not significant, the Neolithization of the region also contributed to shaping the coastal landscapes. From the first decades of the 6th millennium onwards, the recurrence of the Cerealia pollen type shows the importance of coastal alluvial plains in the production economy of the first Neolithic groups.

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Guillon S., 2014 – The Determining Factors of the Coastal Environments during the Late Mesolithic and Early Neolithic in South-Eastern France: the Contribution of Pollen Data from the Le Loup and La Cagne Plains (Alpes-Maritimes, France), in Henry A., Marquebielle B., Chesnaux L., Michel S. (eds.), Techniques and Territories: New Insights into Mesolithic Cultures, Proceedings of the Round table, November 22-23 2012, Maison de la recherche, Toulouse (France), P@lethnology, 6, 146-152.