Publication Details

McPherron, S., Dibble, H., Goldberg, P., Lenoir, M., Sandgathe, D. & Turq, A. (2012). De Combe Grenal à Pech de l'Azé IV: L'évolution des Méthodes de Fouilles de François Bordes. François Bordes et la Préhistoire (pp. 117-124). France: Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques.


François Bordes excavated the site of Combe Grenal from 1953 to 1965. It was his first major excavation project in southwest France, and he applied a number of new methodologies the most important of which was three-dimensional positioning of artifaas. Bordes' last major excavation project in southwest France was the site of Pech de I'Aze IV. This excavation lasted from 1970 to 1977. We have digitized the square notebooks from both of these excavations and analyzed portions of the material from both sites. With this information we can see the evolution of Bordes' excavation techniques over the decades and make an assessment about the potential of the resulting collections for further research and analysis.