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Reference : UMR7264-ISATHE0-003
Workplace : NICE
Date of publication : Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Scientific Responsible name : Isabelle Théry-Parisot (CNRS, Nice, lead) Oliver Craig (University of York) Alexandre Lucquin (University of York)
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 September 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly
Description of the thesis topic
During prehistory, hearths fulfilled a wide range of functions, from cooking to processing raw materials (bone, plant, wood, pigments) but overall little is known despite its central role in prehistoric sites, particularly during the Palaeolithic. Archaeobotanical analysis is well established in archaeological scientific research and has been applied to a range of prehistoric hearths. In comparison, chemical and molecular analysis of hearths is far less established, with doubts regarding the preservation, origin of organic molecules and the diversified function of the fire. You will undertake botanical and chemical characterisation of ashy layers from Palaeolithic sites to identify the nature of the fuel used and to understand fire-related activities.
The student will be trained at CNRS in experimental archaeology and archaeobotany (Nice, Théry) before moving to UoY (York, Craig/ Luquin) to undertake molecular (GC-MS) and isotopic analysis (EA-IRMS and GC-C_IRMS) of samples extracted from experimental combustion and ashy layers from Paleolithic sites. You will have the opportunity to be seconded to ENS (Paris, Abiven) to be trained to use a range of techniques to characterise ashy layers including Benzene PolyCarboxylic Acid analysis (BPCA).
Le projet s'inscrit dans le cadre du Programme Européen ChemArch https://sites.google.com/palaeome.org/chemarch/home
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