Klervia JAOUEN (CR CNRS, ER6), Muriel LLUBES (CR CNRS, ER3)
The axis accompanies the development of archaeometry at GET and works for interdisciplinarity with the Human sciences. It aims to create a synergy to use and develop methodologies based on tools specific to the Earth Sciences and responding to archaeological and historical issues.
We support ongoing research activities focused on geomaterials and more specifically on mineral resources (ancient mining and metallurgy) to :
- Determine the production areas of mineral resources (metals, clays, obsidian, flint…)
- Reconstruct the chain of operations from extraction, and transformation, to the finished product
- Inform the extension and the organization of the sites
- Reconstruct the areas of diffusion
We support the CF AFRICA project which focuses on Iron Archaeometallurgy, Resources, Identities, and Trade in Africa (Contact. Guillaume Estrade).
Within the framework of the ERC StG ARCHEIS project (Contact. Klervia Jaouen), new themes will be developed, involving hydrogeochemical, sub-surface geophysical, and isotopic geochemical approaches:
- Sources, transformation, and use of prehistoric coloring matter on rock paintings
- Study of the Water Films in the Ornate Caves of Occitania for their preservation
- Study of Neolithic fossilized enclosures in Western Europe
- Beginning and impact of hominid feeding with sea products