Caours

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Caours
Caours is located in France
Caours
Caours
Coordinates: 50°07′53″N 1°52′59″E / 50.1314°N 1.8831°E / 50.1314; 1.8831Coordinates: 50°07′53″N 1°52′59″E / 50.1314°N 1.8831°E / 50.1314; 1.8831
Country France
Region Picardy
Department Somme
Arrondissement Abbeville
Canton Abbeville-Nord
Intercommunality L'Abbevillois
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Nadine Tahon
Area1 6.13 km2 (2.37 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 610
 • Density 100/km2 (260/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80171 / 80132
Elevation 6–87 m (20–285 ft)
(avg. 15 m or 49 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Caours is a commune in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.

Geography[edit]

Caours is situated some 3 miles (5 km) northeast of Abbeville, on the D482 road heading towards Saint-Riquier.

Population[edit]

Historical population of Caours
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 358 358 508 567 599 592 610
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

History[edit]

Stone-age archaeology[edit]

The fluvial deposits of the Somme around Caours have been well known to archaeologists in the latter part of the 20th century, are remains of a time when climate was more temperate. The last interglacial, once known under the name of Riss-Würm, was between 130,000 and 115,000 years ago. The area has produced the remains of mammals of this Paleolithic era, notably antlers and bone. A joint research programme by the INRAP and the CNRS in 2005, has produced interesting results about Neandertal man. [1][2]

The theory that once explained the disappearance of the Neandertals, the inability to adapt to climatic
change has suddenly been put into perspective by the site of Caours.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Article sur le site de l'INRAP : Néandertal s'invite à l'Eémien (page consultée le 5 mars 2007)
  2. ^ Communiqué de presse de l'INRAP : Néandertal s'invite à l'Eémien (page consultée le 5 mars 2007)
  3. ^ Jean-Philippe Noël, « Neandertal. Le mystère de sa disparition s'épaissit », dans Science et Vie, Template:Numéro1074, mars 2007, pp. 86-88.

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