Alexandre Lucquin
Research Associate

Profile

Biography

I completed my undergraduate and Maîtrise degrees in archaeology at the Université de Paris I (France) and a DEA and Ph.D. in 2007 in archaeological sciences at the Université de Rennes 1 (France). My Ph.D. dissertation entitled Etude physico-chimique des méthodes de cuisson pré et protohistorique focused on the study of pre and protohistoric culinary practices and the use of biomolecular archaeology to study cooking technologies and remains of food residues in ceramics pots but also in stones and anthropogenic sediments generally associated with fire structures (hearths remains). After my Ph.D., I was involved in various research projects in the UMR 6566 (Rennes, France) to conduct fire structure studies and residues analysis from Paleolithic and Neolithic sites. In the same period, I carried out a short postdoc research about cook-stone technologies of Prehistoric North American hunter gatherers at the Department of Anthropology of Texas A&M University (USA).

In 2012, I became a member of the BioArCh group and joined the Department of Archaeology and the Department of Chemistry at the University of York as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research fellow (EU-IEF). My current research uses the potential of organic biomarkers to assess spatial organisation of prehistoric dwellings in order to recognise daily life activities through soil organic matter analysis (AnthroSOIL).

Publications

Selected publications

- March R. J., Lucquin A., Joly D., Ferreri J. C. et Muhieddine M., 2012 under-press - Processes of Formation and Alteration of Archaeological Fire Structures: Complexity Viewed in the Light of Experimental Approaches. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, under-press

- PROST D., LANGEVIN O., LUCQUIN A., MARCH R. J. et VERDIN P. avec la collaboration de LEPINAY D., 2011 - Le site Néolithique récent-final de « La Garenne » à Gaillon (Eure) et ses structures de combustion. Revue archéologique de Picardie numéros spéciaux, 28.

- MARCH R. J., RODRÍGUEZ LOREDO C., HOGUIN R., FOSSAIT S., JOLY D., LUCQUIN A., 2011 - Primeros resultados de la excavación del sitio de cazadores recolectores de La Represa. Oriente. Partido de Coronel Dorrego. Centro de Estudios Arqueológicos Regionales. Facultad de Humanidades y Artes. Universidad Nacional de Rosario Ed. Arqueologia Rosarina Hoy, 3, p. 9-74

- DUMARçAY G., LUCQUIN A. et MARCH R. J., 2008 – Cooking and firing, on heated sandstone an experimental approach by S.E.M. In Longo et Skakun (eds.)“Prehistoric Technology” 40 Years Later: Functional Studies and the Russian Legacy. Proceedings of the conference held in Verona, Italy; April 20-23, 2005, pp. 345-354.

- LUCQUIN A., MARCH R. J. et CASSEN S., 2007 - Analysis of adhering organic residues of two « coupes-à-socles » from the Neolithic funerary site « La Hougue Bie » in Jersey: evidences of birch bark tar utilisation. Journal of Archaeological Science, 34, p. 704-710.

- LUCQUIN A. et MARCH R. J., 2007 – Les activités réalisées en lien avec l'utilisation du feu et l'analyse des comportements dans l'espace : Modalités fonctionnelles, modalités saisonnières. In Beyries et Vaté, Les civilisations du renne d’hier et d’aujourd’hui - Approches ethnohistoriques, archéologiques et anthropologiques. Actes des rencontres, 19-20-21 octobre 2006 (Palais des congrès d’Antibes - Juan-les-Pins) Rencontres internationales d’archéologie et d’histoire d’Antibes (Vol. XXVII), Sophia Antipolis: éditions APDCA. p. 421-438.

- Laporte L., Guyodo J.-N, Bizien-Jaglin C., Bernard V., Bertin F., Blanchet S., Dietsch-Sellami M.-F., Guitton V., Hamon A.-L., Hamon G., Lemouland Q., Lucquin A., Noslier A. et Quesnel L., 2007 Nouvelles découvertes en milieu humide autour de l’habitat ceinturé du Néolithique moyen à Lillemer (Ille-et-Vilaine, France). In Besse (dir.), Sociétés Néolithiques, des Faits archéologiques aux fonctionnements socio-économiques, Actes du 27e colloque interrégional sur le Néolithique, Neuchâtel, oct. 2005, Cahiers d’Archéologie Romande n°108, Lausanne, p.341-351

- BODU P., JULIEN M., VALENTIN B., DEBOUT G., AVERBOUH A., BEMILLI C., BEYRIES S., BIGNON O., DUMARçAY G., ENLOE J. G., JOLY D., LUCQUIN A., MARCH R. J., ORLIAC M. et VANHAEREN M.,. 2006. - Un dernier hiver à Pincevent : Les Magdaléniens du niveau IV0 (Pincevent, La Grande-Paroisse, Seine-et-Marne). Gallia Préhistoire, 48, p. 1-180.

- AVERBOUH A., BEMILLI C., BEYRIES S., BIGNON O., BODU P., DEBOUT G., DUMARÇAY G., ENLOE J. G., JOLY D., JULIEN M., LUCQUIN A., MARCH R. J., ORLIAC M., VALENTIN B., VANHAEREN M., 2006 – Un dernier hiver à Pincevent. Les Magdaléniens du niveau IV0. In : Le Paléolithique supérieur européen. Bilan quinquennal 2001-2006/. U.I.S.P.P. Commission VIII (Réunion de Lisbonne, sept. 2006), Liège, ERAUL 115,

- LUCQUIN A. et MARCH R. J., 2003 – Les méthodes de cuisson pré- et protohistoriques : le cas du bouilli. In Le feu domestique et ses structures au Néolithique et aux ages des métaux. Actes du Colloque International de Bourg-en Bresse et Beaune (Collection préhistoire N° 9), sous la direction de  M. C. Frère-Sautot. ed. Monique Mergoil, p. 127-142.

Research

Overview

During my past research, I have worked mainly on archaeological organic residue analysis. If my work has principally focused in the study of cooking practices during prehistoric times and how they interact within society, I had the opportunity to conduct study on other context such as grave. My interests have expanded now to the use of biomolecular archaeology in the reconstruction of daily life activities.

Projects

AnthroSOIL:

Using the potential of organic biomarkers, AnthroSOIL will assess spatial organisation of prehistoric dwellings in order to recognise daily life activities through soil organic matter analysis. At the interface of archaeology and chemistry, the project aims to develop a new methodological approach for the organic analysis of palaeosoils. State-of-the-art methods and cutting edge technology in organic residue analysis will be assessed and used to characterise and to map the organic content of soil (elemental analysis, PyGC & ultrafast-GC, LC-MS/MS, GC-MSMS, GC-c-IRMS, MALDI imaging, ZooMS, starch analysis).The project will investigate activity patterns within Stonehenge World Heritage site by an extensive study of the Late Neolithic settlement of Durrington Walls a short-lived but large village probably inhabited by the builders of Stonehenge. Durrington Walls present a unique opportunity to examine activities across one of Europe’s finest and most well excavated prehistoric sites.

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Contact details

Dr Alexandre Lucquin
Research Associate
University of York
BioArCh, Environment Building
Wentworth Way
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD

Tel: (44) 1904 328650