File established by Aimé Bocquet, manager for excavations
and Jacques Wino, in February, 2000.
Drawings André Houot
and photos Aimé Bocquet

On a neolithic lakeshore
settlement in Charavines, Dauphiné,
5000 years ago
Subaquatic archeology

The site of Charavines, in southeastern France, is the best example of a Neolithic lakeshore settlement.
Underwater excavations yielded a remarkable array of food remains and items of wood, bone, fiber, and other materials preserved in the oxygen-deficient mud of the lake bottom.
The occupants of the site practiced farming, collecting, hunting, and fishing, with a sizable portion of the diet coming from wild sources. Some of the items found document long-distance trade.