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    DescriptionThe Midi, between the Massif Central and the Mediterranean, is the region of France that is richest in archaeological treasures, and these are described in the OAG to South France. The earliest of these date back to the Palaeolithic period, some twenty thousand years ago, when our ancestors were decorating caves and rock shelters with dramatic depictions of hunting and ritual. Later human cultural evolution in the region is represented by strongly defended hilltop settlements and by impressive funeral mounds and dolmens. Greek colonists arrived around 600 BC and set up towns along the coast, trading with the local peoples, and these are the origins of the main towns of the present day, such as Marseilles, Nice, and Arles. The region was annexed by Rome in the 2nd century BC and the prosperous new province was endowed with many fine public buildings, such as the amphitheatres and theatres at Arles, Nimes, and Orange, the network of roads, and massive towns walls, as at Carcassonne. In addition, there is plenty of evidence of more mundane aspects of daily life, such as the water-mill at Barbegal, the potteries of La Graufesenque, and the houses of the town dwellers at Vaison-la-Romaine.

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    Southern France
    An Oxford Archaeological Guide
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Henry Cleere
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 250
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    ISBN 13: 9780192880062
    ISBN 10: 0192880063

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA, HDD
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    BIC subject category V2: WTHM
    BISAC V2.8: HIS013000
    DC21: 936.4
    LC classification: DC607.4.C5
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: WTHM, NHD, NHC, NKD
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1D
    Illustrations note
    numerous halftones and line figures
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford Paperbacks
    Publication date
    01 June 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Henry Cleere has been a consultant to the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) in Paris since 1992, coordinating its work as advisor on cultural heritage to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. He is also Visiting Professor in Archaeological Heritage Management at the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London.
    Table of contents
    How to use this Guide; List of Maps; List of Sites; Sites listed by archaeological period; Text boxes; Introduction; AQUITAINE; Midi-Pyrenees; Languedoc-Roussillon; Provence-Coc;te d'Azur; Rhoc;ne-Alpes; Chronology; Glossary; Museums; Maps, Guidebooks, and Further Reading; Index of places