LITAQ: reconstituting the history of Aquitaine’s coastline in order to predict its evolution
LITAQ is an InterLabEx project which established synergies between the communities and the expertise of LaScArBx and COTE. The objective: reconstituting the evolution of Aquitaine’s coastal populations in prehistory and antiquity, as well as their environments. This project was voluntarily limited to a first case study (the coastline of northern Médoc), on which the two LabEx entities had already worked on an individual basis. Indeed, the interactions between man and his environment in Aquitaine are a focus of study for both the LaScArBx and COTE laboratories, using different yet complementary approaches. The archaeologists of LaScArBx, who possess data on the human occupation of Aquitaine dating back several thousand years, provide COTE’s (paleo)environmentalists with information on the evolution of settlements and societies. Reciprocally, the COTE laboratory’s (paleo)environmental data on the evolution of the climate and landscape is essential for understanding changes in human settlements.
This project, which runs until the end of 2015, has already provided precious information on the evolution of environments in the Gironde estuary. Its follow-up will most certainly be assured by national funds requested from the INSU (EC2CO) and the ANR.