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Chargé(e) de Recherche (H/F) Physical Anthropology and Prehistoric Funerary Traditions of the Caucasus

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Français - Anglais

Date Limite Candidature : lundi 6 décembre 2021

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General information

Reference : UMR7264-GIUPAL-002
Workplace : NICE
Date of publication : Monday, November 15, 2021
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 9 months
Expected date of employment : 1 January 2022
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 3081
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 5 to 10 years


Participation in fieldwork in Azerbaijan and Georgia;
- Archaeological excavations in Azerbaijan and Georgia;;
- Construction and management of databases on funerary data from the South Caucasus during the 3rd millennium
- Analysis of funerary gestures through an archaeo-anthropological approach.
- Survey of kurgans
- Study of human remains
- Participation in study and sampling missions in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia
- Sampling of human remains for isotopic analysis
- Analysis of funerary practices of the sampled collections


- Stratigraphic excavations in funerary and habitat contexts
- Management of archaeological material and samples in the field (listing, export forms and export logistics), management of samples in the laboratory (storage, quotation, orders, shipping);
- Processing of data from the excavation and archiving on databases;
-Identification of human remains;
- Bibliographical research on the funerary practices of the 3rd millennium in the Caucasus (South and North) and Eastern Europe;
- Work in collaboration with the isotope specialist (LAMPEA laboratory)
- Valorisation of the results (scientific reports, participation in international conferences, publications and scientific blogs);
- Participation in the activities of the CEPAM laboratory (team meetings, GA etc.)
- Possible co-organisation of seminars


- Extensive archaeological field experience (excavation, sampling) (minimum 24 months cumulative);
- In-depth knowledge of modern archaeological techniques and field recording in France and abroad;
- Knowledge and mastery of archaeo-anthropology in the field;
- Knowledge of the archaeological contexts of the South Caucasus;
- Knowledge of the geography and environment of the Caucasus;
- Knowledge of the literature on the pre- and protohistory of the Caucasus and the Near East
- Knowledge of the funerary practices of the populations of the South Caucasus;
- Database management and construction (Excel and FileMaker);
- Basic statistical analysis;
- Mastery of the Pack Office and knowledge of specialised CAD software;
- Fluency in English and French, knowledge of Russian and/or Turkish;
Skills and qualities required:
- Adaptability to logistical conditions in the field and to restrictive work rhythms;
- Ability to work in a team (collective life in the field, research team insertion);
- Communication skills (ability to work well in a large team, ability to pass on relevant information, ability to present research results in public contexts, conferences, seminars, and/or scientific journals in writing);

Work Context

This job offer is part of a scientific collaboration between archaeologists, dendrochronologists, environmentalists, palynologists, archaeozoologists and geochemists around the activities of the MEAE archaeological mission "Boyuk Kesik" in Azerbaijan (dir. G. Palumbi) and those of the DAI mission in Georgia (dir. S. Hansen) and around the ANR-DFG project "From Kura-Araxes to Early Kurgans. Tracing 3rd millennium social and cultural changes in the Kura river valley (Georgia and Azerbaijan). Environment, food, chronology". The aim of this project is to understand the radical changes in social orders, subsistence patterns, cultural values, lifestyles and living arrangements during the third millennium BC in the South Caucasus, particularly in the Kura River valley. The project is based on an archaeological and bioarchaeological approach and relies on field research and laboratory studies in collaboration with numerous French and German researchers.
The project, entitled KUR(A)GAN (PI G. Palumbi, CEPAM, Nice), is financed by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) and the activities will be based in Nice (apart from authorised missions) in the premises of the CEPAM laboratory (Cultures - Environnements. Préhistoire, Antiquité, Moyen Âge). At the Laboratory CEPAM, the selected candidate will be integrated into the STEP team (Technical Systems, Ethnoarchaeology, Prehistory). Missions are also planned to the LAMPEA Laboratory (Aix en Provence), to Lyon and to Berlin, DAI Eurasien Abteilung for the study of pre- and protohistoric funerary traditions in the Caucasus and Eastern Europe.

Constraints and risks

Managing constraints under tight deadlines (unexpected events abroad, deadlines for reports and articles)

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