Châteauneuf-les-Martigues, France

Quick Reference


A large rock‐shelter site northwest of Marseilles, Bouches‐du‐Rhône, southwestern France. Excavated by M. Escalon de Fonton in the 1950s, the sequence of deposits spans a long period from later Mesolithic through to the Neolithic. The lower levels contain Castelnovian Culture material, especially geometric microliths. This is followed about 5000 bc with Impressed Ware Culture layers containing cardial ware and the remains of domesticated sheep. Early reports of domestic sheep in the 6th millennium bc have proved unfounded.


P. Phillips, 1975, Early farmers of west Mediterranean Europe. London: Hutchinson

Subjects: Archaeology.

Reference entries