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professor Marie Besse

Director of the Department F.-A. Forel for environmental and aquatic sciences. Professor and head of the Laboratory of prehistoric archaeology and anthropology – Archaeologist

B712, Uni Carl Vogt
+41 22 379 6915

Research fields

prehistory – neolithic – bell Beaker – settlement history – processes of colonization and acculturation – borrowing and transfer of techniques – theoretical archaeology – social organization of the prehistoric communities – anthropology – pottery – palaeo-environment

Curriculum vitae


Scientific and administrative responsibilities

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Curriculum Vitae

Professor at the Laboratory of prehistoric archaeology and anthropology at the University of Geneva. Head of the Laboratory of prehistoric archaeology and anthropology

Visiting lecturer and accredited to direct research at the University of Laval, Québec, Canada

Postal address: Laboratoire d'archéologie préhistorique et anthropologie –

Département F.-A. Forel des sciences de l’environnement et de l’eau

– Sciences de la Terre et de l'environnement – Université de Genève

Uni Carl Vogt,

66 Boulevard Carl-Vogt,

1211 Genève 4


2013 – Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques, nommée par le Premier Ministre français Monsieur Jean-Marc Ayrault

2012 – Sélectionnée par le FNS pour intégrer

Teaching UniGE


  • Archéologie théorique (une année sur deux)
  • Prehistoric civilizations
  • Evolution de la vie
  • Archaeological excavations
  • Research methodology in archaeology
  • Néolithique européen
  • Prehistory and environment
  • General prehistory
  • Internship in archeology
  • Alpine environment and society

Direction and coordination of practical work

  • Research methodology in archaeology
  • Palaeoanthropology
  • General prehistory
  • Regional prehistory
  • Semiology of graphics

Supervision of students



My research, highly interdisciplinary in nature, is primarily focuses on the prehistoric communities of Europe.

Europe in the third millennium before the Current Era

My research focuses on the analysis of the lifestyles of the populations in third-millennium BC Europe and more particularly on the way, in which the Bell Beaker Culture, a major component of the European Chalcolithic, established.

I develop multidisciplinary research, incorporating data referring to pottery, palaeoanthropology, radiocarbon dating, lithic industry, copper metallurgy and territorial occupation.

The Alps in the Neolithic

The study of settlements – reflecting the organization of the society, choices and constraints with regard to the living places – allows to approach the daily life of women and men during the neolithic and, moreover the diachronic evolution of the societies. I notably develop studies on settlement in Valais, notably through the analysis of the Petit-Chasseur in Sion (Valais, Switzerland) and I construct a general vision of the settlement in the Alps in the course of the Neolithic. These projects are funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) .



Scientific and administrative responsibilities

Scientific committees in Switzerland and abroad

Administrative responsibilities at UniGE

Section des Sciences de la Terre et de l'environnement. Conseil de Section, représentante des professeurs (2014 -)

IUFE – University Teacher Training Institute– Representative of the professors of the Faculty of Sciences. Member of the group of coordination DIP-UNI since 2005.

Gender Equality Delegation University of Geneva – Delegation member since november, 2011.


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