A Collaborative & Diverse Group
Full professor and head of the Project
I am fascinated by the fact that we are the only human species on the planet; meanwhile our genus was flourishing for approximately 99% of our evolutionary timeframe. What factors contributed to the growth of anatomically modern Human population in Europe 40,000 years ago? Could it be that building upon local knowledge and local adaptations from humans who have now physically disappeared contributed to the growth of our ancestor population?
Broadly speaking, I'm interested in the relationship between human migration, interaction, and the diffusion of technological knowledge and practices across the landscape. I am fascinated by macro-scale patterns in lithic technology, and what they can tell us about human connectivity in the deep past.
Human inclusive and exclusive cooperation inspires my research. While widespread ideas and/or regional traditions are the focus of research on the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition, I wonder whether our species could have succeeded without having interacted with culturally diverse hominins.
External collaborator of Microlithec
My PhD research focused on use-wear analysis of the lithic industries produced by the last Neanderthals of southwestern France. Since my post-doctorate, I have focused more on the use-wear study of artefact surface states with the aim of identifying signatures of different post-depositional phenomena, in order to better understand the taphonomic processes affecting Palaeolithic sites.