Corsican Late Prehistory

  • Kewin Peche-Quilichini
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51726-1_3184-1

Introduction

This is the first English-language discussion of Corsican prehistory. Research about Corsican prehistory began late in comparison to the enthusiasm that inspired the early days of French archaeology. Indeed, it was necessary to wait until the nineteenth century for some pioneers of the discipline to address the problems posed by this insular territory. In addition, the two worlds considerably delayed the progress of knowledge on the subject. It was not until the mid-1950s that a real investigative program was launched, with numerous and varied results that were frequently renewed up until the present day.

Definition

The island of Corsica, located in the heart of the western basin of the Mediterranean, has been populated by people since at least the Mesolithic (Fig. 1). The earliest traces of human presence date to the tenth millennium BC. Recent excavations have revealed the existence of a hunter-gatherer-collector open-air camp on the site of Caniscione...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Archéologie des Sociétés Méditerranéennes UMR 5140University of. Paul-ValéryMontpellierFrance

Section editors and affiliations

  • Dorian Q. Fuller
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  1. 1.Institute of ArchaeologyUniversity College LondonLondonUK