The research group “Anthropology & African Archaeology” develops studies and teaching about human population in Africa, from prehistoric to precolonial and islamic times, and their relationships with climatic and environmental changes. This research involves different approaches (prehistory, zooarchaeology, paleobotany, geomorphology, etc.).
Members of the APA laboratory are responsible for teaching at both Bachelor's and Master's levels for students enrolled in the Faculty of Sciences and Letters. Such courses may also be selected as electives by students following the master in African studies (GSI) as well as any students and auditors, regardless of their faculty. PhD formations are organized.
Research of the group “Anthropology & African Archaeology” focuses primarily on the reconstruction of human settlement history in Africa and its relationship with climatic and environmental variability. A multidisciplinary approach is employed.
At present, fieldwork is conducted in Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast and Ghana.
Current FNS projects
Chronology of Rapid Climatic changes and Human adaptation in West Africa (CHeRCHA) (100019E-164071)
Peuplement humain et paléoenvironnement en Afrique de l'Ouest - Projet Falémé (101211_163022)
Key-words: Dynamics of population, Archaeology, Prehistory, Paleoenvironment, Ceramics, Metallurgy, Africa, Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Islamic Archaeology, Precolonial Archaeology.