Executive Committee

General Secretary Name CV
Marta Arzarello Professor, Università di Ferrara. Director of the International Master and doctorate in Quaternary and Prehistory. Coordinator of several (local unit/project coordinator) international founded projects: FP7, EM, Galielo, Coperlink, CNR-CNRST, IP-Socretes-Erasmus. Since 2011 expert at the EC (FP7 and H2020). Deputy Director of the Doctorate in “Human Science”, University of Ferrara.Director of 49 Master and 12 PhD theses about Prehistory. Since 2015 Deputy Secretary of the UISPP. Director of the excavations of Pirro Nord and Ciota Ciara. Main areas of research: technology and economic behaviour during the Middle and Lower Palaeolithic in Italy; the first peopling of Europe; the Middle Palaeolithic cultures of the Sahara, Lithic technology and experimentation. Author of more than 150 international scientific publications.
President Name CV
François Djindjian University of Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne (UFR 03): Associate Professor of the Chair of methods and theory of Archaeology (until August 2015). CNRS/UMR 7041 Arscan (team Central Asia): research associate since 1991. Program of international collaboration with the Institute of archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kiev, Ukraine) (since 1993): excavations on the Palaeolithic site of Gontsy (Ukraine). UISPP: President of the commission “Archaeological methods and theory” since 2001; Treasurer and Member of the Board since 2006. International Council of philosophy and Human Sciences of UNESCO : Vice President since 2010
Tresaurer Name CV
Apostolos Sarris Research Director at the Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (F.O.R.T.H.) and Head of GeoSat ReSeArch Lab. He is Adjunct/Affiliate Professor of Cyprus University of Technology and Research Associate at the Field Museum of Natural History of Chicago, USA. He has acted as Vice-Chair of the International Society of Archaeological Prospection (ISAP) and Chair of CAA-GR. He is associate editor of the Society for Archaeological Sciences Bulletin, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences Journal and of Archaeological Prospection Journal. He has been a contracted lecturer, among others, at the Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki, the Univ. of Crete and the Univ. of Aegean. He has organized and participated in more than 210 geophysical/satellite remote sensing/GIS/GPS projects in Greece, U.S.A., Cyprus, Hungary, Albania, Italy, Turkey and Egypt & participated in 90 Greek and International/European large-scale research projects.
Vice Presidents Name CV
Abdulaye Camara Titulaire d’un Doctorat (géologie et préhistoire) de l’Université de Provence, est retraité de l’Université de Dakar. Ses publications au Sénégal portent sur le cadre stratigraphique des outillages du Paléolithique dans l’Est du pays, sur les amas coquilliers du delta du Saloum et sur les aspects patrimoniaux de l’île de Gorée. Conservateur du Musée Historique de Gorée (1989 à 2005), et du Musée d’Art africain de Dakar (2005 à 2008), il est professeur associé de l’Université Senghor à Alexandrie (depuis 1995), et poursuit des recherches archéologiques dans la vallée de la Falémé avec l’équipe du Professeur Eric Huysecom de l’Université de Genève.
Erika Robrahn Gonzalez Erika is a historian, anthropologist and archaeologist at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. She is the head scientist of the Documento Institute/Brazil, and a collaborating researcher at the ITM Institute and the CGEO/University of Coimbra, Portugal. Erika led more than 500 projects in cultural heritage management, especially in disruptive processes involving indigenous, traditional, and urban communities. She focuses on integrating the social sciences in a transdisciplinary format combining the intensive use of technology, as a current trend to meet global challenges in sustainable models. Erika also participates in several international events, currently holding the presidency of a Scientific Commission on UISPP.
Commission President Name CV
Luiz Oosterbeek Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar. Principal investigator of the Quaternary and Human adaptations cluster of Geosciences Centre of Coimbra University. Secretary-General of the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences. Main research: origins of farming, rock art, heritage, landscape management (in Portugal, Africa, Latin America). Prizes and awards: European Commission, Brazilian Lawyers Bar, Portuguese Ministry of Culture, Gulbenkian Foundation, Foundation for Science and Technology and several private sponsors. Author of over 300 papers and 50 books. Outgoing SG of UISPP. UNESCO chair holder “Humanities and Cultural Integrated Landscape management”. Invited Professor in several European and Brazilian Universities.
Emmanuel Anati Executive Director (PDG) of CISPE (International Centre for Prehistoric and Ethnologic studies), President of Atelier Research Center for Conceptual Anthropology and President of UISPP-CISENP (Union International des Sciences Prehistoriques et Protohistoriques – Commission Internationale Scientifique “Les expressions intellectuelles et spirituelles des peoples sans ecriture”). He is the founder of Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici in Capo di Ponte, Italy that he directed for 50 years, from its foundation to his retirement (1964-2014). He has been Professor of Prehistory at Tel-Aviv University, Israel and Professor Ordinarius of Palaeo-ethnology at the University of Lecce, Italy (retired). He has taught in other universities and research institutes in Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Israel, the United States and Canada.
Pablo Arias Professor of Prehistory at the University of Cantabria, in Santander, Spain. He has also taught, as an invited professor, at the Universities of Oxford and Comahue (Argentina). His research has focused on the transition to the Neolithic in Atlantic Europe, and on the study of the Late Glacial and Holocene hunter-gatherers of temperate areas of Europe and South America. He is particularly interested in ritual and symbolism among the late hunter-gatherers. He has been director of many archaeological fieldwork programs in Spain, Portugal, France and Argentina.
Geoff Bailey Anniversary Professor of Archaeology Emeritus in the University of York. Before York he held appointments at the Universities of Cambridge and Newcastle upon Tyne. His research interests are in the role of coastal regions in population dispersal, the deep history of marine resources, the human impact of Quaternary sea-level change and landscape geomorphology, and the archaeology of time. He has led field projects on these themes in Australia, Africa, Europe and Saudi Arabia. He is a Member of the Academia Europaea, and Corresponding Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the German Archaeological Institute.
Barbara Barich Professor of Ethnography and Prehistory of Africa at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (1994-2012), since 2013 she is a member of the ISMEO’s Board, International Association for Mediterranean and Oriental Studies where is continuing her scientific activities. In the Universities of Rome and Naples, as a member of the Doctoral Schools in Archaeology and African Studies, she provided the training and specialized supervision of many Italian and African researchers in African prehistory. In the context of her studies some major themes were deepened. The theme of the first Saharan societies engaged in a food production economy, has been dealt with in the framework of Archaeological Projects in Fezzan; in the Egyptian Western Desert.
Éric Boëda Professeur au Département d’Ethnologie et de Préhistoire. Université de Paris – Nanterre. Directeur de l'équipe de recherche AnTeT- UMR 7041. Directeur de la mission archéologique française au Piaui, Brésil. Principaux thèmes développés: Comportements techniques des hommes de la préhistoire; Analyse comparée des assemblages lithiques Transitions/changements techniques; Interactions populations/Environnements : migration, circulation, contact, isolement; Evolution des techniques à une échelle intercontinentale; Premiers peuplements en Amérique du sud; Premiers peuplement en Asie de l’est.
Larbi Boudad Professeur de l'Enseignement Supérieur à l'Université Moulay Ismail à Meknès. Titulaire d'un doctorat de Muséum National d'Histoire Naturel de Paris sur les industries acheuléennes de la grotte du Lazaret (côte d'Azur, France). Titulaire d'un Doctorat d'Etat sur la géologie des formations continentales du Maroc (Bassin de Ziz et Rhéris, Tafilalt, Maroc). Responsable de plusieurs projets de recherche entre le Maroc et la France, Maroc et l'Italie et entre le Maroc et la suisse, dans les domaines de la préhistoire, de la géologie des formations superficielles et dans le domaine du Patrimoine géologique et archéologique. Auteur de plusieurs publications et de cartes géologiques sur le Quaternaire marocain.
Stefano Campana Professor in Landscape Archaeology at the University of Siena (Italy), in the Department of History and Cultural Heritage, where he has engaged in teaching and research. He is specializing in remote sensing, GIS, and archaeological methodology for purposes of research, recording, and conservation. His work is focused on the understanding of past landscapes in the longue durée with particular regard to historic times. The principal context for his work has been and still is Tuscany, but he has also participated in and led research work in the UK, Spain, Turkey, Palestine, Iraq, Kurdistan and Asia.
Nicholas John Conard Conard earned bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and chemistry at the University of Rochester in 1983. In 1986 he was awarded an interdisciplinary master’s degree in physics, geology and anthropology in Rochester. Conard earned master’s and doctoral degrees in anthropology at Yale University in 1988 and 1990, where he wrote his Ph.D. thesis on the archaeology of Neanderthals. Conard worked as an assistant professor in anthropology at the University of Connecticut from 1991-1993. From 1993-1995 he worked as a Humboldt research fellow at the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum in Mainz/Neuwied. In 1995 he was appointed Chair of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology at the University of Tübingen. He is director of the Urgeschichtliches Museum in Blaubeuren and the Archäopark Vogelherd in Niederstotzingen. He has directed numerous excavations in Germany, Syria, Iran and South Africa.
Dominique Grimaud-Hervé Dominique Grimaud-Hervé est Professeur de Paléoanthropologie au Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle de Paris (HNHP-UMR7194). Ses axes de recherches concernent « L’évolution du cerveau dans le genre Homo » et « L’histoire de la dynamique des peuplements humains en Eurasie ». Elle est responsable de l’enseignement et de la formation en Paléoanthropologie dans la spécialité « Quaternaire et Préhistoire » du master du MNHN. Elle participe également à la diffusion des connaissances auprès du grand public, est n Nommée Chargée des collections des restes humains paléoanthropologiques Muséum et Conseillère de l’Ecole Doctorale 227 du MNHN.
Jean Guilaine Jean Guilaine a été successivement directeur de Recherche au CNRS, Directeur d’Etudes à l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (chaire : « Néolithisation et Premières Sociétés Rurales »), puis Professeur au Collège de France où il a occupé la chaire des « Civilisations de l’Europe au Néolithique et à l’Âge du bronze ». Il est aujourd’hui Membre de l’Institut (Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres). Il a présidé pendant près de trois décennies la commission « Néolithique » de l’UISPP. Spécialiste des communautés agricoles du Néolithique et des sociétés complexes des Âges des métaux, il a conduit des recherches à Chypre, en Grèce, en Italie, en Espagne, en Andorre et dans le Sud de la France mais a aussi abordé un certain nombre de questions théoriques.
Marcel Otte Professeur émérite de Préhistoire, Université de Liège. Mes recherches portent principalement sur l’interprétation des civilisations du paléolithique supérieur en Eurasie, dans leurs systèmes de valeurs, leurs évolutions, leurs expressions artistiques et leurs activités spirituelles. Les formes de contacts et d’échanges constituent un autre axe de réflexion: acculturations avec les néandertaliens ; relations avec les autres continents : l’Asie par voie continentale, et l’Afrique par les détroits (Sicile et Gibraltar).Divers travaux de synthèse cherchent aussi à comprendre les phénomènes humains dans leur modalité de transformation perpétuelle. Cette approche éclaire la nature de l’humanité, actuelle et future.
Moustapha Sall Maitre de conférences titulaire en Archéologie et ethnoarchéologie et chef du Département d’Histoire de la Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines de l’Université Cheikh Anta de Diop de Dakar (Sénégal). Titulaire d’un Doctorat en Philosophie et Lettres, option Histoire de l’Art et Archéologie à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles, il a axé ses recherches, entre autres, sur l’étude du Peuplement et des identités en relation avec la culture matérielle en Sénégambie. Depuis 1996 il mène des recherches ethnoarchéologiques et archéologiques dans le Centre-ouest et le Sud-ouest (Casamance), dans les amas coquilliers du Delta du Saloum au Sénégal. Il est très actif dans la documentation et la promotion des patrimoines (naturel et culturel) des populations sénégambiennes.
Sandrine Robert Lecturer at Ehess. Archaeologist, she is specialized in archeogeography. Her studies focus on resilience of landscape. She analyzes how landscape’s forms and spatial networks are pass down through long periods. She runs the seminar: Construction, transmission and resilience of the landscape forms: archaeogeography. She is the Founder and Chair of the Theory and method in Landscape archaeology –Archaeogeography Commission in the International Union of the Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences. Publications: Water as a morphogen in the Landscapes (Archaeopress, Oxford, 2016) with Benoit Sittler. Sources et techniques de l’archéogéographie planimétrique (Presses universitaires de Franche-Comté, Besançon, 2011).
Valeriu Sirbu Researcher and Ph.D. supervisor at the „Vasile Pârvan” Archaeology Institute of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest. The “Nicolae Bălcescu” Award granted by the Romanian Academy and the Order of “Cultural Merit”, Rank of Knight, granted by the President of Romania. Archaeological research on 29 sites, in Romania and other countries in Southeast Europe. Main organiser of 21 international scientific events, in Romania and abroad. Author of 122 lectures at international scientific events, 76 of which outside Romania. Author of 23 books and of over 200 studies and articles, editor of 23 books, in Romania and abroad.
Natalia Skakun Senior scientific fellow of the Experimental and Traceological Laboratory of the Institute for the History of Material Culture of the RAS. She is the President of the Commission of Traceology of UISPP, and she holds the title of Officier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (France). Her diverse research interests focus on the study of ancient tools and the reconstruction of economic patterns of Eurasia from the Paleolithic to the Iron Age, methodology of use-wear analysis of ancient tools, and prehistoric archeological cultures of Eastern and Southeastern Eurasia. Natalia is a scientific adviser of students and postgraduates from Russia and other countries. She is an author of a book and has published over 200 papers.
Eva David Researcher at the CNRS, in prehistory. She works on the anthropization of bones, manufacturing techniques and bone portable art (Upper Pleistocene, Early Holocene). Through the technological and experimental approach, she has highlighted different postglacial technical traditions, in the manufacture and ornamentation of implements made from hard materials of animal origin (bone, antler, tooth). Working mainly on archaeological series in Northern European countries where she has conducted several research programs, she is working to establish the links between bone production, territorial and cultural markers, and symbolisms. She also teaches at the University Paris Nanterre.
Béla Török Metallurgical engineer, archaeometallurgist and history teacher. Associate professor at the University of Miskolc (Hungary). Head of the Institute of Metallurgy. President of the UISPP committee for archeometry. Secretary of the Special Committee of Materials Sciences and Metallurgy of Regional Committee of Miskolc of Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Vice-president of the Workgroup of Industrial Archaeology and Archaeometry of Regional Committee of Veszprém of Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Main research: archeometallurgy of iron, archaeometry of the finds related to ancient and medieval metal technologies, history of metallurgy. EU-expert and proposal evaluator at the Research Fund for Coal and Steel.
Sławomir Kadrow Many years in Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków; recently in Institute of Archaeology, University of Rzeszów in Poland. Member of Deutsches Archäologisches Institut in Germany and the Programme Council in the National Heritage Board of Poland. Editor of journal "Report" devoted to preventive archeology. 1996-2011 a member of the Management Board of the Krakow Team for Research of Motorways, dealing with the conduct of large archaeological rescue excavations on the route of planned motorways. Author of over 220 articles. President of Preventive Archaeology Commission.
Marie-Hélène Moncel Research director at the CNRS, the National Museum of Natural History in Paris. Specialist of hominin behaviors, in particular technology and land use patterns, from the earliest occupations in Europe to Neanderthal occupations. I have directed several international research and field programs, including the recent programs focusing on the Acheulean and Homo heidelbergensis behavior in Europe between 700 and 500 ka. I have managed a French-British project on the Acheulean and I have had the opportunity to excavate la Noira, the famous Abbeville sites (Carpentier, Leon and Moulin Quignon quarries) in France and I have been working for several years now in Italy on the famous localities of the Ceprano basin. I am now the director of excavations at the key site of Notarchirico in Italy.
Árpád Ringer Professor at Mikovinyi,Sámuel of University of Miskolc.President of the Foundation for the Szeleta Culture and Hungarian Society for Prehistoric Sciences.Since 2013 preside commission on Middle. Palaeolithic bifacial tools,backed bifaces and leafpoints in Western-Eurasia of Union International for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences - UISPP.Editor of the internatioanal journal Praehistoria. Main researchs: Prehistory, Archaeology:Old Stone Age,geoarchaeology,cognitive archaeology, researchs in ten countries in Western-Eurasia from France to Israel. Autor of over 100 papers and 3 books.
Estela Mansur Senior Researcher at CONICET and Professor at Universidad Nacional de Tierra del Fuego (Argentina). At present, Associate researcher, Equipe d'Ethnologie préhistorique, UMR 7041, ARSCAN. Her formation in Anthropology /Archaeology (La Plata Univ, 1976) and Prehistory and Quaternary Geology (PhD Bordeaux I Univ, 1983), oriented her interests along her carreer, following the axis of techno-functional analysis of archaeological materials. Her main interests concern the interrelationship societies-environment, by means of lithic studies, techno-functional analysis, experimental archaeology, ethnoarchaeology. Director of an archaeological project in the mountains region of Tierra del Fuego since the early 1990´s, she has been vice president of the HOME UISPP commission since 2010.
Diego Garate Maidagan Researcher at the Cantabria International Institute for Prehistoric Research (IIIPC). He earned his Ph.D in Prehistory and Archaeology at the University of Cantabria and completed postdoctoral studies in France (CREAP – TRACES, Université de Toulouse-Jean Jaurès). After he was curator at the Archaeological Museum of Biscay for 9 years and in 2018 awarded by the "Ramon y Cajal" Programme of the Spanish Ministry. Since them, he is a researcher and lecturer at the University of Cantabria. He is member of 42 research projects (17 as PI) and he has 215 publications (9 scientific monographs, 132 scientific articles, 12 articles of dissemination and 47 report summaries). His research is focused in Palaeolithic cave art around Europe.
Christophe Falguères Directeur de Recherche au CNRS, il dirige l’UMR7194 « Histoire naturelle de l’Homme Préhistorique » depuis 2009. Il s’intéresse à la chronologie des anciens peuplements en Eurasie quand l’Homme sort d’Afrique il y a près de deux millions d’années. Pour cela il utilise des méthodes de datation fondées sur les déséquilibres radioactifs naturels telles que les séries de l’uranium et les méthodes paléodosimétriques comme la résonance de spin électronique, ESR. Il a publié plus de 170 articles dans des revues internationales à comité de lecture.
Iwona Sobkowiak-Tabaka Associate Professor at Adam Mickiewicz University. 2008-2013 Archeological Rescue Excavation Team Manager at the Center of Prehistoric and Medieval Studies of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnology. She is the President of the Commission of Final Palaeolithic of Northern Eurasia. Her research interests focus on Late Palaeolithic and Mesolithic settlement, chronostartygraphy and environmental variables of settlement locations. She is an author of 3 books and has published over 50 papers.
Olivier Lemercier After a PhD Thesis at the University of Provence (Aix-en-Provence) and 12 years as a lecturer at the University of Burgundy (Dijon), he is -since 2016- Professor of Prehistory at the University Paul Valery - Montpellier 3 (France), Head of the Master Archeology, Sciences for Archeology and Director of the Doctorate Archeology sp. Prehistory, Protohistory, Paleoenvironments, Mediterranean and African. O.L. is a specialist in Bell Beakers and more generally Neolithic and the transition to the Bronze Age in Europe and the Mediterranean. Member of the editorial board of the Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Française, he is a member appointed to the Conseil National de la Recherche Archéologique and the Scientific Council of the Institut national de recherches archéologiques préventives. Author or coordinator of 5 books and a hundred scientific articles.
Allesandro Guidi He was Associated Professor of Methodology and Technique of Archaeological Research between 1992 and 2003, Ordinary Professor in the same University from 2003 to 2008, actually Ordinary Professor of Prehistory in Roma Tre University from 2008. He directs archaeological researches in Northern, Central and Sothern Italy from 1980; from 1990 to 1992 partecipated to Italian archaeological missions of the Istituto per il Medio ed estremo Oriente (IsMEO) in Hungary and Russia. From 1978 he is Member of the Italian Institute of Pre- and Protohistory, from 1993 member of the European Association of Archaeologists. He was in the advisory board of Archaeological Dialogues (Leiden) and of the editorial board of Antiquity (Cambridge). His main interest of research are the emergence of complex society and of the State in Italy, the history of prehistoric archaeology and the methodology of the archaeological research.
Dirk Brandherm Currently a Reader in Prehistory/Archaeology at Queen’s University Belfast, Dirk originally took his PhD from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and subsequently worked as an assistant heritage manager with the State Heritage Service of the Rhineland-Palatinate, before taking up teaching and research positions with the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Ruhr-Universität Bochum. He has also served as Executive Editor for Mediterranean Prehistory Online, as Editor for the Journal of Irish Archaeology and as an elected officer with the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Bronzezeit (Chair) and the Bronze Age Studies Group (Secretary). His main research interests focus on the Bronze and Iron Ages in Europe and the Mediterranean, and range from social archaeology and archaeological theory to the scientific analysis of archaeomaterials.