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UMR 6566 CReAAH Centre de Recherche en Archéologie, Archéosciences, Histoire

Partnership : CNRS (INEE -INSHS), Rennes 1, Rennes 2, Nantes, Le Mans University, Ministère de la Culture, INRAP
Composition : 141 researchers, engineers, technicians and 41 PhD students

Research in archaeology and archaeosciences undertaken within the UMR 6566 is multi-disciplinary and diachronic. Main topics we work on are human societies from the Palaeolithic to the Middle Age, palaeoenvironnement and archaeometry, with studies which relate to :

- human occupations and land-use, exploitation of the natural resources,
- impact of the global changes, interactions between human societies and environment at local and regional scales,
- evolution of the palaeo-landscapes, the palaeo-social ecological systems and the palaeo-biodiversity, cultural answers to the changes.

This multi-disciplinarity is a force for the mixing of the ideas within the research unit and with the other units of OSUR and Labex and for the formation of the students. The CReAAH Unit takes part in the main research topics of the OSUR.
The research tasks are based on the triptych : observation, description, analyze of the past human societies through their material culture, their relation with the environment, their lifestyles, their productions and their exchanges.

The unit is organized according to the following teams :

- A team working in Archaeology and social Anthropology (Prehistory and Protohistory in Atlantic Europe)
- A team working in Archaeology and History,
- A team working in Technology, Environments and Resources

These three teams can work together in six transverse axes : “Occupation, exploitation of the coastline”, “societies, environment, climate”, “Rocks, ceramics and societies”, “fire story”, “mines and metallurgy”.

Five methodological platforms support the different research topics. They correspond to :

- archaeology with air and ground prospection, surveys, excavations,
- palaeoecology with pollen, wood and seed analyses, dendrochronology, archaeozoology,
- geology with petrography, sedimentology and geochemistry analyses,
- organic and mineral chemistry.

The major working area is the north-western France. The researchers of UMR CReAAH are involved also in many scientific exchanges in twenty foreign countries, many in EU countries and in Myanmar, Argentina, Chili, Canada, Russia, Armenia, Syria, Egypt, Senegal and Benin.