Towards an archaeology of fishing along the channel and atlantic coasts of western France (Bronze age, iron age and roman period)

The archaeology of fishing suffers from a lack of visibility in the west of France, in spite of the potential for the study of the exploitation of marine and costal resources in the Channel and on the Atlantic Coast. This paper brings together data that was until now dispersed in publications, site reports, and short papers and uses unpublished objects that relate to features, zooarchaeology and fishing equipment found in Normandy, Brittany and the Pays-de-la-Loire for the Metal Ages and the Roman period. The discussion is enhanced by its interdisciplinary character and covers subjects such as the evolution of techniques, the fishing choices made, the role of fishing in subsistence economies. This first overview finally shows that the archaeology of fishing constitutes an important research topic, which we hope to develop in the future.

In another life, I was an archaeology student (and graduate) at Rennes 1 University, working on actual research. Around the first year of Master, I realized I didn’t want to go on on a full PhD ride and I decided to be very honest about it with any mentor prospect I had. I was lucky enough to meet Marie-Yvane Daire who took the oppportunity to have me do an inventory of the fishing tools that had been found in west of France. I’m still very grateful for the oppportunity.

This article published later in the 35th volume of the Revue Archéologique de l’Ouest relies on my Master 2 memoirs and the works of other researchers to paint a picture of the status of the archaeology of fishing in the West of France. It’s available in full (and in french) if you follow this link.