Scientific theme: Archaeology of littoral societies
This Junior Chair aims to promote coastal archaeology at the scale of Brittany and at the international level, within the framework of local and international research and university networks.
Summary of the scientific projec
Thanks to an interdisciplinary approach, the scientific project aims to study past coastal societies on the scale of the last 10,000 years (from the Mesolithic to the contemporary period). It will also aim to understand the adaptability and resilience of coastal societies to past environmental and societal changes.
Finally, in a more global approach, this research will aim to understand the interactions between man and the environment. Thus, this chair will seek to boost synergies between the four Brest University institutes, IB-SHS, IB-Labstic, IB-Health and IUEM, in which units are already working in interdisciplinarity on these themes at the nature/society interface (LEMAR, LETG, GEO-OCEAN, CRBC, CERV, Génétique). More specifically, the project is intended to reinvest tools and methods from marine sciences and technologies,
which is an internationally recognized specialty of the Brest site, in the field of human-nature dynamics (sea and coastline). The project will be linked to training and pedagogical actions from the undergraduate to the doctoral level
Summary of the teaching project:
From an administrative point of view, this Junior Chair will be hosted at the IUEM (Plouzané), where there are 8 Master’s degrees and the Ecole doctorale des Sciences de la Mer et du Littoral in which the candidate will participate. For example, in the Master’s degree in Biology, he will teach about the
ancient exploitation of biological resources (through the study of shellfish clusters in particular) in relation to catching practices, consumption, etc. He will also be involved in the “Biological Archives” course, where calibration methods and applications of carbonate and siliceous marine proxies are studied, in particular through the use of archaeological shell material. Within the EGEL master’s degree, the issue of conservation and enhancement of archaeological heritage will be addressed from the point of view of
environmental diagnostics based on practical and theoretical experiences. In the STPE specialization, the question of paleoenvironments will be reconsidered in relation to the dynamics of anthropic occupations.
Within the framework of the IBSHS (Brest), he will contribute to the Master’s degree in Civilizations, Cultures and Societies, where he will explore the conditions and dynamics of adaptation of coastal societies to their environment. In the Department of Art History and Archaeology (P.-J. Hélias Center, Quimper), he will give introductory courses in archaeology (methods, cultures) to undergraduate students. These theoretical courses will be complemented by a field camp where students will be able to learn about
field practice and interdisciplinary approaches.