Projets de recherche

  

PREHISTORY IN THE ALPS: EXCAVATION OF THE EREMITA CAVE IN THE PIEDMONT, ITALY

  • Funding : Université de Genève, Private Donation, Schmidheiny Foundation, Commune de Borgosesia in Italy, Museum Carlo Conti in Borgosesia Italy
  • 2012-2018
  • Excavation of the Eremita cave, Middle Bronze Age occupation, around 1600 BC
  • UniGe Responsible : Marie Besse
  • Master student : Eve Derenne (2016)
  • Partners : Universtiy of Bern, Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research; Department of Earth Sciences, Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences, UniGE ; University of Burgundy, France.

 

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PREHISTORY IN THE ALPS: EXCAVATION OF THE GRANDE RIVOIRE SITE IN ISERE, FRANCE

  • Funding : Ministère français de la Culture, Département de l'Isère, Université de Genève
  • 2015-2017
  • Excavation of the mesolithic and neolithic levels of the Grande Rivoire Rockshelter (Sassenage, Isère, France) : from the last Hunter-gatherers to the first societies of farmers and pastoralist.
  • UniGe Responsible : Pierre-Yves Nicod
  • Partners : Ministère français de la Culture, Département de l'Isère
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PREHISTORIC POTTERY IN THE ALPS: SOCIAL ORGANISATION IN THE UPPER RHONE VALLEY DURING THE FINAL NEOLITHIC, THE BELL BEAKER CULTURE AND THE EARLY BRONZE AGE

  • Funding : Université de Genève
  • 2016 – 2021
  • We propose a multifaced research programme focusing on pottery assemblages dated from the Final Neolithic through the Bell Beaker Culture to the Early Bronze Age. Ceramic material stemming from the Upper Rhone Vally in SW Switzerland will form the main study material for this project, and will be studied following four mutually interrelated lines of inquiry : typological, technological, raw material choices and functions.
  • UniGe Responsible : Marie Besse
  • PhD student : Eve Derenne
  • Partners : Department of Earth Sciences, Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences, UniGE ; CNRS, Toulouse, France ; Texas Tech University in Lubbock, USA ; Musée d’Histoire à Sion, Valais

 

 

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BELL BEAKER CULTURE AND PREHISTORIC SOCIETIES IN EUROPE

  • Funding : Université de Genève
  • 2010 – 2018
  • The end of the Neolithic era in Occidental Europe and Northern Africa is characterised by the presence of a very homogeneous ceramic type – the bell beaker. As determining elements of the Bell Beaker culture, these beakers in the shape of inversed bells (hence the name), decorated with geometric patterns, are found in well-defined natural and cultural contexts. Although homogeneous at first glance, the Bell Beaker culture does not reveal a centralised production sites for these richly decorated ceramics. It does not reflect an economic network, nor a single group of people. As a complex culture, the Bell Beaker phenomenon must be studied in the diversity of its cultural components and in the difference of its transfer mechanisms. That we try…
  • Scientific collaborator: Martine Piguet
  • Partners : Archéologie et Gobelets Association ; University of Montpellier, France ; University of Bradford, UK ; Archaeological Office of Canton de Vaud, Switzerland

 

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RESCUE EXCAVATION OF THE GRAND-SACONNEX SITE IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

  • Funding : Swiss Federal Roads Office ; Université de Genève ; Cantonal Archaeological Office of Geneva
  • 2015-2016
  • Rescue excavation of Neolithic and Late bronze Age occupations, Iron Age Cremation, and Late Iron Age Drains.
  • UniGE Responsible: Marie Besse and Tara Steimer
  • Partners : Department of Earth Sciences, Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences, UniGE, Swiss Federal Roads Office ; Université de Lausanne, Université de Rennes, Université de Nice, CEPAM ; Cantonal Archaeological Office of Geneva ; Sediqua, Delémont, Switzerland
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EPIGENETICS FOR A BETTER COMPREHENSION OF HUMAN

  • Funding : University of Geneva
  • From 2003
  • This project is concerned with the study of epigenetic variations of the human skeleton (skull, teeth and post-cranium) to understand biological connections between individuals buried in a necropolis and/or between populations.
  • UniGE Responsible : Jocelyne Desideri
  • Master Students : Audrey Bridy et Gabrielle Binovec
  • Partners : PACEA - Université de Bordeaux, ADES - Université Aix-Marseille, Musée cantonal d'archéologie et d'histoire - Lausanne, Département de préhistoire et Antiquité - Musées cantonaux de Sion, Faculty of dentistry - University of Toronto, Dipartimento Soprintendenza per i beni e le attività culturali - Aosta…
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HEALTH, LIFESTYLE AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC FUNCTIONING OF PREHISTORIC POPULATIONS IN EUROPE

  • Funding : University of Geneva
  • From 2012
  • This project is concerned with the state of health, the lifestyle and the socio-economic functioning of prehistoric populations in Europe.
  • UniGe Responsible : Jocelyne Desideri
  • PhD students : Claudine Abegg, Julie Debard et Jessica Ryan
  • Partners : PACEA - Université de Bordeaux, École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE) - Paris, Haute école de santé HES-SO - Genève, Lampea - Université Aix-Marseille, Musée cantonal d'archéologie et d'histoire - Lausanne, Département de préhistoire et Antiquité - Musées cantonaux de Sion
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PRACTICES AND FUNERARY RITUALS DURING PREHISTORY AND PROTOHISTORY IN WESTERN SWITZERLAND

  • Funding : University of Geneva
  • From 2013
  • This project is concerned with funerary practices and rituals during the prehistory and protohistory of Western Switzerland through the study of burial contexts, including grave types, funerary artifacts, and body positioning and treatment, in relation to the individuals buried.
  • UniGe Responsible : Jocelyne Desideri
  • Master students : Sabrina Delèze (2016), Tobias Hofstetter (2016), Anaïs Deville, Anouk Papilloud
  • Partners : Département de préhistoire et Antiquité - Musées cantonaux de Sion, Office des recherches archéologiques - Sion, ARIA - Investigations Archéologiques SA - Sion, TERA - Travaux, Etudes et Recherches Archéologiques s.à.r.l. - Sion, Musée cantonal d'archéologie et d'histoire - Lausanne

 

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FOOD PRACTICES, LIFESTYLES AND MOBILITY IN WESTERN PREHISTORIC SWITZERLAND, A MULTI-ISOTOPIC APPROACH

  • Funding : University of Geneva
  • From 2016
  • This project is concerned with the evolution of diet trends, subsistence practices, and the mobility of human groups from the Neolithic to the Iron Age in Western Switzerland through the analysis of isotopic composition of human bones and teeth (C, N, S, Sr).
  • UniGe Responsible : Jocelyne Desideri
  • Postdoc : Alessandra Varalli
  • PhD student : Julie Debard
  • Master Student : Déborah Rosselet-Christ
  • Partners : Lampea - Université Aix-Marseille, EA-IRMS - Crewe, Department of geological sciences - University of Chapell Hill, Musée cantonal d'archéologie et d'histoire - Lausanne, Département de préhistoire et Antiquité - Musées cantonaux de Sion, Office des recherches archéologiques – Sion

 

 

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BRONZE AGE REMAINS OF SWITZERLAND

  • Funding : Archaeological Office of Canton de Vaud
  • From 2010
  • Study of ceramic of the following sites Projets en cours : « Motorway A5 » sites, Rances, necropolis of Tolochenaz – La Caroline
  • UniGe Responsible : Mireille David-Elbiali
  • Partners : Archaeological Office of Canton de Vaud

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MEGALITHIC SOCIETIES IN SOUTH LEVANT DURING THE 4TH AND 3RD MILLENNIUM BC

  • Funding : University of Geneva
  • 2016-2020
  • The transition between late Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age remains one of the most interesting period concerning social organisation. It is characterized by the emergence of megalithic funeral tradition in pastoral groups from Harra to Jordan valley. The main objectives of my project are the relationship between megalithic cemeteries and settlements focusing on spatial organisation, architecture, pottery and human remains.
  • Survey and excavations of Early Bronze Age sites in North Jordan (around 3000 BC)
  • UniGe Responsible : Tara Steimer
  • Master student: Antoine Caminada
  • Partners : UniGE ; Department of Antiquities in Jordan ; Institut français du Proche-Orient (IFPO) ; Université Paris 1 – La Sorbonne, Laboratoire ArScAn, France

 

 

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AN ETHNOARCHAEOLOGICAL EXPLORATION OF THE SOCIAL DYNAMICS OF THE EMERGENCE OF MEGALITHIC SOCIETIES OF INDONESIA

  • Funding : University of Geneva
  • 2016-2020
  • The Indonesian megaliths represent growing inter-dependence as well as traces of a common cultural background that appear during periods of coexistence between indigenous people and state societies using writing. Their study contributes significantly to the archaeological research of this native civilization. In the case of Indonesian megalithism the social, cultural and political impacts of contacts with larger, more sophisticated and expansionist societies can be documented. Using the resources of history and ethnology that are much more accessible, my project aims to solve the questions of the role and usefulness of megalithism in these societies. In Indonesia, Austronesian populations have adopted it twice when confronted with foreign influence (from the 7th to the 12th centuries and from the 16th century until today).
  • Exploration of Lampung and Riau areas (Sumatra - Indonesia)/li>
  • UniGe Responsible : Tara Steimer
  • Master student : Eve Derenne (2016)
  • Partners : UniGE ; Pusat penelitian dan pengembangan arkeologi nasional, Ecole d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO) (Jakarta - Indonesia)

 

 

 

 

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SBORYANOVO. NECROPOLISES AND TERRITORY, BULGARIA

  • Funding : Université de Genève, Société de physique et d’histoire naturelle de Genève
  • 2014-2017
  • This project is concerned with the study of the 1st millennium BC necropolises in Sboryanovo Archaeological Reserve (Razgrad, Bulgaria). It involves more than 30 collaborators - researchers and students - from more than 10 institutions in an interdisciplinary approach. The research focuses on one of the most important Iron Age sites in the Thracian world characterized by the presence of a hundred tumuli including the tomb of Ginina Mogila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • UniGe Responsible : Jordan Anastassov (UNIGE) & Diana Gergova (INAM)
  • Master student : Giorgos Kottas , Denise Girardet
  • Partners : Institut national d’archéologie avec Musée (Académie bulgare des Sciences, Sofia, Bulgarie), CNRS-UMR 6298 ARTeHIS (Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France), Institut national de recherches archéologiques préventives (INRAP, France), Musée régional – Razgrad (Bulgarie), Département des sciences de la Terre (Université de Genève), Department of Geology and Paleontology - University of Mining Mining and Geology “St. Ivan Rilski” (Sofia, Bulgarie), Department of Applied Geophysics, University of Mining and Geology “St. Ivan Rilski” (Sofia, Bulgarie), Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (Paris, France), Institut de morphologie expérimentale, pathologie et anthropologie avec Musée (Académie bulgare des Sciences, Sofia, Bulgarie), Technical University of Varna (Bulgarie)
  • Lien Facebook : #SboryanovoArchaeologicalProject

 

 

 

 

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LA TENE. THE SECOND IRON AGE IN EUROPE, CONTEXTUAL ANALYSIS OF THE ANCIENT COLLECTIONS, SWITZERLAND

  • Funding : Fonds national suisse de la recherche scientifique (FNS n° 100012-113845, FNS n° 100012-134964), Université de Genève
  • 2009 - en cours
  • This project concerns the re-examination of the ancient archaeological finds from La Tène (Neuchâtel, Switzerland), the eponymous site of the European Second Iron Age. It is part of an extensive international program run since 2007 by Prof. Gilbert Kaenel.
  • UniGe Responsible : Jordan Anastassov
  • Master student : Eve Derenne (2016)
  • Laténium : Parc et musée d’archéologie (Neuchâtel, Suisse), Institut d’archéologie - Université de Neuchâtel (Suisse), Bibracte - Centre archéologique européen (France), Musée d’Archéologie Nationale (Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France), CNRS-UMR 6298 ARTeHIS, Université de Bourgogne (Dijon, France), CNRS - UMR 8546 AOROS, Ecole normale supérieure (Paris, France), Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève (Suisse)
  • Lien : https://www2.unine.ch/ia/page-8102.html

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