In the French Alps, around Mount Pilat, filmmaker Rob Hope explores little known Neolithic archaeological remains from up to 4,000 years ago.  He notes a mysterious large-scale system of drystone walls, mounds and cairns, whose builders and exact time of building remain unsolved.  He also finds a mountaintop Iron Age stone fort amid mixtures of later remains, including Roman and Medieval architectural ruins.  As he journeys deeper into these remote and wild places still remaining there today, he also delves deeper into a distant human past.

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First Obsidian in the Northern French Alps during the Early Neolithic (Journal of Field Archaeology, 2019, 44 (3), pp.180-194)

History of the Alps (Wikipedia)

Issues and Perspectives of the Alpine Neolithic: the Case of the Maurienne (Savoie – France) by Éric Thirault (Open Edition Journals)

Neolithisation in the Northern French Alps: First Results of the Lithic Study of the Industries of La Grande Rivoire Rockshelter (Isère, France) (De Gruyter Open Access )

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