Camille de Becdelievre
Testing the assumptions of the Neolithic demographic transition through direct analysis of skeletal remains
Camille de Becdelievre received two Bachelor degrees in History and in Archaeology from University of François Rabelais, Tours and a Research Master Degree in Biological Anthropology - Prehistory from University of Bordeaux I. He is working with Professor Sofija Stefanovic to investigate the causes of the Neolithic Demographic Transition at a local level, focusing on Danube Gorges population (Balkans, 9500-5500 BC). Camille is particularly interested in developing a methodological framework to assess causes of population growth through direct skeletal analyses. This new field of investigation, Bioarchaeology of Fertility, will rely on the examination of prehistoric birth conditions, integrating the analyses of women behavioural characteristics: differential mobility patterns, shift in diet regime, timing and patterning of weaning process.
Camille's broader academic interests include the palethnological and anthropological approach of Late Prehistoric and Protohistoric societies, the use of bioarchaeological and archaeo-thanatological methods to assess Prehistoric behavioural characteristics and the applications of GIS technology to bioarchaeological research (from graves taphonomical analysis to large scale spatial analysis).
Laboratory for Bioarchaeology, Faculty of Philosophy