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Reassessment of amber-bearing deposits of Provence, southeastern France

Abstract : The presence of “geological” amber (or “succin” in old French monographs) has been reported for several centuries in the Mesozoic deposits of Provence, southeastern France. Diverse amber-bearing sites were inventoried by the authors but their location and stratigraphical context remain unclear for most of them. In the past decades, various data concerning chemistry, palaeontological content and comparison with archaeological discoveries improved our knowledge of the ambers of Provence, but only those of Cretaceous age. The present paper aims at providing a comprehensive description of all the presently known amber-bearing deposits of Provence, including the description of new sites. We highlight the great potential of Provence ambers and allow to consider a wider time range, from the Early Cretaceous to the Miocene.
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Jean-Paul Saint Martin, Yves Dutour, Luc Ebbo, Camille Frau, Bruno Mazière, et al.. Reassessment of amber-bearing deposits of Provence, southeastern France. Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France, Société géologique de France, 2021, 192, pp.5. ⟨10.1051/bsgf/2020048⟩. ⟨mnhn-03432134⟩



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