Home page

Welcome to my personal web pages. You will find here informations about my  research interests, publications and ongoing research programs.

My main research interest in biological anthropology lies in skeletal and dental biology, bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, origin of modern humans, paleopathology and paleoepidemiology.

I conduct research on: skeletal and dental growth and aging processes; the structure, health status, activities and behavior of past populations; prehistoric populations of North-western Africa; and on the evolution and paleoepidemiology of human specific infectious diseases.

I am interested in reconstructing the life conditions of past human populations by using a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates the study of morphology, histology, medical imaging, biochemistry, molecular biology, archaeology and history. This type of approach has been of particular interest to me in my studies of historical mass graves resulting from plague epidemics and Napoleonic campaigns.

        The recent opportunity to work on Napoleonic mass graves in Russia allowed me to head the French team of a 4-year program with the Russian Academy of Sciences and CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique = French National Center for Scientific Research) entitled “Anthropology and Archaeology of the Retreat from Russia”. This project focuses on skeletal and dental variability, growth, health status, activity pattern, diseases, paleogenetics and paleomicrobiology. The project also examines aspects of military medicine and war surgery in the Great Army of Napoleon, interpreted from analyses of skeletal remains.
Subpages (1): Curriculum