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Les ports romains atlantiques et intérieurs en France : équipement, architecture, fonction et environnement

Abstract : These introductory remarks, which may also serve as a brief history of the development of an Atlantic coast and river port archeology in France, additionally provide useful historiographical and epistemological references for a better understanding of the origins of and motivations behind the colloquium organized in Nantes (Loire-Atlantique) in June 2018: Roman ports in Atlantic Europe and the corresponding internal waters. At the end of a 20th c., archaeologists and historians primarily worked on examining port potential, without any veritable field activity. The inclusion of this domain in research archaeology excavation, supplemented by exceptional discoveries in the context of rescue archeology, have contributed to the blossoming, at the beginning of the 21st c., of port archeology in metropolitan France, both in estuaries and along rivers. Before embarking on a long journey across the Three Gauls (Lyonnaise, Aquitaine et Belgique), with stops along the way in the best-known ports today, it seemed important to us to recall the foundations of this promising field of study. Some preliminary elements of overview and analysis are also put forward in the following pages, inviting a general reflection on this field of study, currently enriched by multiple complementary approaches (ethnoarchaeology, virtual restitutions...) and pursued in the hopes of attaining a better understanding of these ancient harbor spaces.
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Jimmy Mouchard. Les ports romains atlantiques et intérieurs en France : équipement, architecture, fonction et environnement. Gallia - Archéologie des Gaules, CNRS Éditions, 2020, Les ports romains dans les Trois Gaules. Entre Atlantique et eaux intérieures, 77 (1), pp.1-28. ⟨10.4000/gallia.5770⟩. ⟨hal-03154520⟩



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