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Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

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Virginie Sinet-Mathiot

Doctoral Student
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Evolution
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig Germany

E-mail: virginie_sinet@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research Interests
Curriculum Vitae
Publications

Research Interests

I’m a PhD student in the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

I use proteomics in the analysis of archaeological bone assemblages within the context of transitional periods during human evolution. The main aim is to assess hominin behavior questions through Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry (ZooMS), in comparison to zooarchaeological analyses of the same assemblages.

I received training as a biologist and paleoanthropologist during my undergraduate and master studies at the University of Bordeaux (France). I have extensive experience in fieldwork, particularly laboratory operation and site collection management. These experiences have developed my interest in human diet and subsistence patterns.

Palaeoproteomic approaches such as ZooMS have already demonstrated the ability to identify particular species of interest, such as hominins, in the bone components of faunal assemblages that cannot be identified morphologically. I’m interested in the entire morphologically-unidentifiable component of Pleistocene bone assemblages in order to (re)assess human behavior in relation to faunal carcass processing, and element and prey selection.

Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

February 2018

PhD student
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
Project title: "Proteomic analysis of archaeological faunal assemblages"
Supervisors: Frido Welker, Geoffrey M. Smith and Jean-Jacques Hublin

Education

2011-2013MSc in Physical Anthropology
Majors: Physical Anthropology-Prehistory
University of Bordeaux 1 ( Sciences, Technologies, and Health).

Master thesis: “Assessing the dental trait list for differentiating Neanderthals and early modern humans as proposed by Higham et al. 2011 on the Spy fossil remains.” supervised by Patrick Semal (IRSNB, Brussels, Belgium) and Isabelle Crevecoeur (PACEA, Bordeaux, France).
2008-2011BSc in Biology of Organisms
Major: Biology
University of Bordeaux 1 (Sciences, Technologies and Health).

Professional Work Experience

Field Laboratory and Collections Management

Directing laboratory operations for simultaneous projects. Responsible for the treatment process of the archaeological finds, for controlling data entry and management of site collections during the field season.

  • 2016-2017 : Ranis-Ilsenhöhle, Saale-Orla Kreis (Germany)/(MPI-EVA).
  • 2015-2017: Bacho Kiro, Dryanovo (Bulgaria)/(MPI-EVA).
  • 2012-2015: La Ferrassie, Savignac-de-Miremont (France)/(OSA)
    + Roc de Marsal I, Pech de l'Aze IV, Abri Peyrony collections
  • 2012: La Gane, Groléjac, (France)/(OSA).

Restoration of archaeological collections

  • Jonzac (Chez Pinaud) (October 2016-January 2017)
    Restoration and reorganization of the entire collection (about 40 000 artifacts). Updating the database.
  • Abri Peyrony (Collection McPherron/Lenoir) (October 2016, January 2017)
    Sorting and final organization of the lithic collection. Addressing potential encountered issues. 

Archaeological Fieldwork Experience

  •  Jebel Irhoud, Morocco (October 2017)
    Directors: J.-J. Hublin (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) and A. Ben-Ncer (INSAP, Rabat, Morocco).
  • Ranis, Germany (2016-2017)
    Directors: M. Weiss (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology), T. Schüler (Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie, Weimar), S. McPherron (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology), and J.-J. Hublin (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology).
  • Bacho Kiro, Dryanovo, Bulgaria (2015-2017)
    Directors: J.-J. Hublin (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) and N. Sirakov (National Institute of Archaeology and Museum of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences).
  • Resava Survey Project : Bukovac, Serbia (2013)
    Directors: T. Dogandžić (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology), D. Mihalović (Belgrade University) and S. McPherron (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology).
  • La Ferrassie, Savignac-de-Miremont, France (2010-2012)
    Directors: A. Turq (Musée National de Préhistoire), H. Dibble (University of Pennsylvania) and D. Sandgathe (Simon Fraser University).
  • La Gane, Groléjac, France(2012)
    Directors: H. Dibble (University of Pennsylvania), A. Morala (Musée National de Préhistoire) and D. Sandgathe (Simon Fraser University).
  • Les Pradelles, Marillac-le-Franc, France (2011)
    Directors: B. Maureille (University of Bordeaux) and A. Mann (University of Princeton).
  • Abri Pataud, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, France (2011)
    Directors: R. Nespoulet and L. Chiotti (Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle).
  • Contrebandiers cave, Témara, Morocco (2010-2011)
    Directors: H. Dibble (University of Pennsylvania) and M. Abdeljallil El Hajraoui (INSAP)
  • Roc de Marsal I, Campagne-le-Bugue, France (2008-2010)
    Directors: H. Dibble (University of Pennsylvania), S. McPherron (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology), and A. Turq (Musée National de Préhistoire).

Publications

Articles

Martisius, N. L., Welker, F., Dogandžić, T., Grote, M. N., Rendu, W., Sinet-Mathiot, V., Wilcke, A., McPherron, S. J. P., Soressi, M., & Steele, T. E. (2020). Non-destructive ZooMS identification reveals strategic bone tool raw material selection by Neandertals. Scientific Reports,10: 7746.
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Fewlass, H., Talamo, S., Wacker, L., Kromer, B., Tuna, T., Fagault, Y., Bard, E., McPherron, S. P., Aldeias, V., Maria, R., Martisius, N. L., Paskulin, L., Rezek, Z., Sinet-Mathiot, V., Sirakova, S., Smith, G. M., Spasov, R., Welker, F., Sirakov, N., Tsanova, T., & Hublin, J.-J. (2020). A¹⁴C chronology for the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition at Bacho Kiro Cave, Bulgaria. Nature Ecology & Evolution,4, 794-801.
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Hansen, J., Kveiborg, J., Sinet-Mathiot, V., & Hornstrup K., K. M. (2020). Korsformede benknapper fra yngre bronzealder. Skalk,3, 10-13.
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Hublin, J.-J., Sirakov, N., Aldeias, V., Bailey, S., Bard, E., Delvigne, V., Endarova, E., Fagault, Y., Fewlass, H., Hajdinjak, M., Kromer, B., Krumov, I., Marreiros, J., Martisius, N. L., Paskulin, L., Sinet-Mathiot, V., Meyer, M., Pääbo, S., Popov, V., Rezek, Z., Sirakova, S., Skinner, M. M., Smith, G. M., Spasov, R., Talamo, S., Tuna, T., Wacker, L., Welker, F., Wilcke, A., Zahariev, N., McPherron, S. P., & Tsanova, T. (2020). Initial Upper Palaeolithic Homo sapiens from Bacho Kiro Cave, Bulgaria. Nature,581, 299-302.
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Sinet-Mathiot, V., Smith, G. M., Romandini, M., Wilcke, A., Peresani, M., Hublin, J.-J., & Welker, F. (2019). Combining ZooMS and zooarchaeology to study Late Pleistocene hominin behaviour at Fumane (Italy). Scientific Reports,9: 12350.
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Book Chapters

Sirakov, N., Tsanova, T., Hublin, J.-J., Sirakova, S., McPherron, S. P., Talamo, S., Marreiros, J., Smith, G., Fewlass, H., Krumov, I., Spassov, R., Rezek, Ž., Sinet-Mathiot, V., & Zahariev, N. (2017). Reopened Bacho Kiro - new data on Middle/Upper Palaeolithic transition and Early-Middle stages of Upper Palaeolithic. In Archaeological discoveries and excavation from 2016 (pp. 32-36). Sofia: NIAM-BAN.
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Sirakov, N., Tsanova, T., Hublin, J.-J., Aldeias, V., McPherron, S. P., Marreiros, J., Krumov, I., Sinet-Mathiot, V., & Spassov, R. (2016). Upper Palaeolithic sequence in Bacho Kiro cave: Reopening of investigation. In Archaeological discoveries and excavation from 2015 (pp. 46-49). Sofia: NIAM-BAN.
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Conference Papers

Dekker, J., Sinet-Mathiot, V., Spithoven, M., Smit, B., Welker, F., Verpoorte, A., & Soressi, M. (2020). Human bone points, ZooMS identifications from theDutch North Sea. In Meso'2020 - Tenth International Conference on the Mesolithic in Europe.
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Smith, G. M., Spasov, R., Sinet-Mathiot, V., Welker, F., Meyer, M., Vernot, B., McPherron, S. P., Sirakov, N., Tsanova, T., & Hublin, J.-J. (2020). Subsistence behaviour during the Initial Upper Palaeolithic of Bacho Kiro (Bulgaria): Integrating zooarchaeological and biomolecular datasets. In 26th EAA Virtual Annual Meeting – Abstract Book (pp. 41).
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Sinet-Mathiot, V., Smith, G. M., Romandini, M., Wilcke, A., Peresani, M., Hublin, J.-J., & Welker, F. (2019). The challenge of bone fragmentation: Combining ZooMS and Zooarchaeology toassess hominin subsistence behaviour at Fumane (Italy). In ICAZ Archaeozoology, Genetics, Proteomics & Morphometrics Working Group (pp. 18).
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Meeting Abstracts

Dekker, J., Sinet-Mathiot, V., Spithoven, M., Smit, B., Wilcke, A., Welker, F., Verpoorte, A., & Soressi, M. (2020). Zooming into the point. ZooMS identification of Mesolithic bone points made with human bone. In Proceedings of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution 9 (pp. 32). European Society for the study of Human Evolution.
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Sinet-Mathiot, V., Smith, G. M., Romandini, M., Wilcke, A., Peresani, M., Hublin, J.-J., & Welker, F. (2019). Using ZooMS to assess hominin subsistence behaviour during the Middle to the Upper Palaeolithic transition at Fumane (Italy). In Proceedings of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution (PESHE) (8, pp. 177).
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Fewlass, H., Talamo, S., Wacker, L., Kromer, B., Tuna, T., Fagault, Y., Bard, E., Aldeias, V., Isidoro Da Silva Maria, R., Martisius, N. L., McPherron, S. P., Paskulin, L., Rezek, Z., Sinet-Mathiot, V., Sirakov, N., Sirakova, S., Smith, G. M., Spasov, R., Tsanova, T., Welker, F., & Hublin, J.-J. (2018). New high-resolution 14C chronology for Bacho Kiro cave, Bulgaria spanning the Middle to UpperPalaeolithic transition. In Proceedings of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution (PESHE) (7, pp. 64).
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Poster

Dekker, J., V. Sinet-Mathiot, A. Verpoorte, F. Welker and M. Soressi, 2020. Non-destructieve ZooMS analyse van benen werktuigen. Steentijddag 2020.

Aldeias V., Goldberg P., Sandgathe D., Dibble H., McPherron S., Chiotti L., Guérin G., Bruxelles L., Sinet-Mathiot V., Turq A. (2014); Insights into Site Formation Processes of the Middle and Upper Paleolithic Layers in the Western Section of La Ferrassie (Dordogne), In Proceedings of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution (PESHE) (3)
 

Reports

V. Sinet-Mathiot, « Travail de laboratoire » in A. Turq et al., La Ferrassie 2013, SRA France.

V. Sinet-Mathiot, « Laboratory operations sequence » in N. Sirakov, T. Tsanova, V. Aldeias, Sh. McPherron, J. Marreiros, R. Spasov, V. Sinet-Mathiot, I. Krumov, J.-J. Hublin. Excavation in Bacho Kiro cave. Field report 2015.

V. Sinet-Mathiot, 2016, Lab report, excavation Ilsenhöhle Ranis/Germany, field season 2016. Max Planck Institute vor Evolutionary Anthropolog y & Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Thüringen.