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Curriculum vitae

Date of birth: 28 February 1979 (Combourg, France)




PhD in Prehistory at the Department of Human Evolution, MPI-EVA, Leipzig, Germany
and at the CNRS team AnTET, UMR 7041, University of Paris Ouest Nanterre - La Défense, France


M.A. in Prehistory at the University Sciences et Technologie, Bordeaux I, France


Bachelor in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University Victor Segalen, Bordeaux II, France


D.E.U.G. in Sociology and Ethnology at the University François Rabelais, Tours, France


Research Topics

  • Middle to Upper Paleolithic Transition in Eurasia
  • Demise of the last Neanderthals
  • Possible processes of contact, interaction and acculturation between the last Neanderthals and the
    first Anatomically Modern Humans in Eurasia
  • Technical abilities, innovations, and adaptabilities of the Neanderthals and of the AMH by the
    practice of flintknapping


Research Programs

2009 - present: member of the “Programme Collectif de Recherche (PCR)”: "Interface moustérienne. Le seuil du Poitou dans la dynamique de peuplement ouest-européenne au Paléolithique moyen (300 000 / 40 000 ans)" supervised by Sylvain Soriano (CNRS)

2005 - present: member of the scientific team from the pluriannual excavation project of Les Cottés ( The goals of this project are to bring new data on the possible interactions between the last Neanderthals and the first AMH in Western Europe. In this project a pluri- and a multidisciplinary research program has been build (Coordination: M. Soressi, Lithic studies: M. Roussel and M. Soressi, Petrography: J. Primault and M. Roussel, Archeozoology: W. Rendu, Geology and Micromorphology: J.-P. Texier and M. Liard, Usewear analysis: A. Pasquini, Microfauna: M. Jeannet and A. Royer, TL Dating: D. Richter, OSL Dating: Z. Jacobs, C14 Dating: S. Talamo and M. Richards, Human remains: J.-J. Hublin)


Grants, Awards, and Scholarships


Direction des Affaires Culturelles, Service régional de l’Archéologie, Poitiers, France


Direction des Affaires Culturelles, Service régional de l’Archéologie, Poitiers, France

2013 Young Researcher Prize, Les Treilles Foundation



  • Société préhistorique française
  • European Society for the study of Human Evolution


Lithic Studies

2005-present: analysis of Quina Mousterian shaping flakes (layer 22) from Chez Pinaud (Jonzac, France). Excavation J. Airvaux (late 90’s).

2005-present: analysis of Châtelperronian collections (layers En, Em and Ej) from la Grande-Roche-de-la-Plématrie (Quinçay, France). Excavation F. Lévêque (70’s to 90’s).

2006-present: analysis of Châtelperronian and Aurignacian collections (SU 02, 04 and 06) from Les Cottés (Saint-Pierre-de-Maillé, France). Excavations M. Soressi (present), F. Lévêque (70’s and 80’s) and L. Pradel (50’s).

2007-present : analysis of Châtelperronian collection (layer Cjn3) from Gatzarria (Suhare, France). Excavation G. Laplace (60’s).



  • Principal investigator and lithics studies
    August 2012: Le Fontenioux (Vienne, France). Initial Upper Paleolithic.

  • Field supervisor and lithics studies
    July 2005-present: Les Cottés (Vienne, France). Final Mousterian, Châtelperronian, Proto- and
    Early Aurignacian. M. Soressi (Inrap and MPI-EVA) dir.

  • Excavator
    July 2011: Willendorf II (Lower-Austria). Early Aurignacian and Gravettian. P. Nigst (University of Cambridge), B. Viola (MPI-EVA) and G. Trnka (University of Vienna) dir.

    Feb.-March 2006: Jebel Irhoud (Irhoud, Morocco). Middle Pleistocene site with humans remains. J.-J. Hublin (MPI-EVA) and A. Ben-Ncer (INSAP) dir.

    June 2004, July 2005 and July 2006: Chez-Pinaud (Jonzac, France). Mousterian of Acheulean Tradition, Denticulate Mousterian and Quina Mousterian. J. Jaubert (PACEA) and J.-J. Hublin (MPI-EVA) dir.

    Sept. 2004 and Sept. 2005: Pech-de-l’Azé I (Carsac, France). Mousterian of Acheulean Tradition type A and type B. M. Soressi (Inrap and MPI-EVA) dir.

    Sept. 2004: Le Piage (Fajoles, France). Proto- and Early Aurignacian. J.-G. Bordes (PACEA) and F. Lebrun-Ricalens (MNHA) dir.

    July 2001 and July 2002: Isturitz (Saint-Martin-d’Arberoue, France). Proto- and Early Aurignacian. Ch. Normand (SRA Midi-Pyrénées) dir.

    August 2001: Coudoulous I (Tour de Faure, France). Middle Pleistocene site. J. Jaubert (PACEA) dir.

    July 2000: La Fare (Forcalquier, France). Neolithic open air site: Campaniform period. O. Lemercier (MMSH) dir.

    July 2000: Le Mourre de la Barque (Jouques, France). Neolithic cave: Chassean. St. Renault (MMSH) dir.

  • Excavator for rescue archaeology
    April 2004: Cantalouette II (Creysse, France). Mousterian. L. Bourguignon (Inrap) dir.

    August 2011 and October 2011: L’Hermitage (Auneau, France). Open air site with Magdalenian and Mesolithic occupations. M. Soressi (Inrap) dir.