Archaeology / Prehistory



The archaeological heritage of South Africa has drawn a lot of attention in the past few years, due in particular to the fact that it can answer many questions on the evolution of human societies involving very long time periods. Since the democratic transition of the early 1990s, South African universities have managed to find their place within this major scientific field, which has been attracting researcher from around the world. While thanks to the presence at IFAS of CNRS-based researchers François-Xavier Fauvelle-Aymar (2003-2006) and Jean-Loïc Le Quellec (2006-2009), the field of Archaeology was introduced in the agenda of the Institute, the posting of Guillaume Porraz since September 2013 gave IFAS another dimension: Guillaume’s research project is very much at the centre of these scientific questions with his study of the technical and cultural transformations at work between 200 000 and 50 000 (Middle Stone Age); a research project that relies on a dense network of excavations over the entire South African territory and even beyond, with some of these sites being financed by the Excavation Commission of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Congress July 2014
GDRI Project
Excavation sites: Bushman