Presenting the latest research on the Gallic Oppidum of Gergovie

Illustration by Yoann Bit Monnot for Museé Gergovie.


Virtual conference “Gergovie: new geoarchaeological and paleoenvironmental research”.

Presented by Alfredo Mayoral, geoarchaeologist at GIAP (ICAC) and Geolab (UMR 6042 UCA-CNRS).
Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 8:30 p.m.
On the Facebook page – Musée de Gergovie
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The fame of the Gallic oppidum of Gergovia is well established and archaeological excavations have been carried out since the 19th century.

However, the evolution of pre- and protohistoric landscapes associated with human occupations of the plateau remains unknown, even if it has been the subject of various research programs for several decades now. 

In order to unveil the paleoenvironments around Gergovie and to better understand how ancient societies interacted with them, new research funded by the Puy-de-Dôme Departmental Council has been developing since 2018. The geoarchaeological study provided the first paleo-environmental data and made it possible to identify the most promising areas in order to subsequently develop in-depth multidisciplinary studies. Three sectors have been the subject of coring and sediment sampling, providing real “archives” of the past. Well dated with radiocarbon, they will make it possible to reconstitute, through laboratory analyzes, the environments as well as the impact caused by ancient societies. 

The first results have delivered surprising discoveries, which range from unknown volcanic episodes to the obvious imprint of anthropogenic activities on the slopes of the plateau or on the humid plain below, in a climatic context that appears to be changing during the last millennia. The upcoming study of sediments and bio-indicators such as fossil pollen will allow a detailed reconstruction of society-climate-environment interactions around the site at the Holocene scale, including during crucial phases such as the Gallic or Roman period. 

Alfredo Mayoral will present the results of these latest geoarchaeological and paleoenvironmental work around the site as well as the scientific expectations for the years to come. 

Join us on Thursday September 16, 2021 at 8:30 p.m. on the Facebook page of the Musée de Gergovie Archeology. Open to all.

This webconference is organized by the Archaeological Museum of the Battle of Gergovie, the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme de Clermont-Ferrand (Clermont Auvergne University / CNRS), the Puy-de-Dôme department, in partnership with Geolab, as part of the Echos d’Archéos conference cycle.

See the 1st conference (FR): The enigma of the horse graves at the foot of Gergovia

See the 2nd conference (FR): Corent, city of Roman times


Translated and adapted from: https://musee-gergovie.fr/agenda/gergovie-nouvelles-recherches-geoarcheologiques-et-paleoenvironnementales/

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