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W/M Post-doctoral fellowship: The rock church excavations in northern Ethiopia: traceology, geology,

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General information

Reference : UMR8167-MARDER-005
Workplace : IVRY SUR SEINE
Date of publication : Thursday, August 01, 2019
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 1 October 2019
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : Between 2696 € and 3841 € gross monthly (depending on the experience)
Desired level of education : 5-year university degree
Experience required : Indifferent


Northern Ethiopia has a large number of sites carved into the rock that bear witness to the medieval period. Like built monuments, these rock churches need to be studied from an archaeological point of view in order to better understand Christian medieval society. It is with this objective in mind that the post-doctoral project entitled Troglopie is funded by the DIM "Ancient and Heritage Materials". It aims to understand the organization of rock excavations by studying excavation techniques, the economy and the social organization of the work. This involves starting from a tracing analysis of monuments, combined with the study of the properties of the rock while conducting ethno-historical surveys.


The objective of this post-doctoral fellowship is to initiate investigations in four directions:
- Where have rock churches been dug in relation to geological specificities?
- What techniques are used to build rock monuments?
- Who are the actors of these projects?
- Is there an evolution in excavation techniques that would make it possible to characterize communities through the prism of a troglodytic practice?
This necessarily involves conducting long-term field surveys in Ethiopia to develop the most comprehensive corpus possible in a control area; carrying out the geological study of each site (in partnership with the Geops laboratory of the University of Paris-Sud); conducting tracing analyses; developing new survey methods (with Igecav society); and carrying out ethnographic surveys (in collaboration with the Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle) on the current achievements of rock monuments in the area.
The post-doctoral year must result in the publication of at least one article and the contribution to research seminars.


The candidate must implement a multidisciplinary methodology mainly involving traceology, which he/she will cross with geology, history, geotechnics and ethnographic surveys.

Work Context

This contract is part of the DIM MAP and the field work in Ethiopia will be financed by the ANR EthioChrisProcess programme, led by M.-L. Derat (Orient & Méditérannée, CNRS).
The candidate will work under the direction of M.-L. Derat, in the Orient et Méditerranée laboratory (UMR 8167), located in Ivry-sur-Seine. An office within the laboratory will be made available to the researcher, with a workstation if necessary.

Constraints and risks

This contract involves field missions in Ethiopia

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