Professor of Hominin Diversity Archaeology
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 behaviour, contributed to the success of anatomically modern Humans in Europe 40,000 years ago? Which unique behaviour, contributed to the demise of the Neandertals and their ancestors who well-established themselves in Europe for more than 300, 000 years? My research produces new data and theoretical framework by combining the excavation of major sites in Europe, the analysis of archaeological materials, especially stone-tools and pigments, and the development of new protocols.
Since 2006, I am the principal investigator of the research project and excavations at Les Cottés. Les Cottés is one of the rare sites today in Europe where both late Neandertals and first modern humans occupations are preserved in sequence.
Major research projects as a principal investigator include :