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Dr. Luc Moreau


Upon finishing my PhD, which I received with honours in 2009 from the University of Tübingen (Germany), I was awarded a six months travel grant by the German Archaeological Institute (DAI Berlin) to broaden my archaeological and inter-cultural horizon with various stays in Eastern Europe, the Near & Middle East, and the former Soviet Union (Central Asia, Russia, Ukraine). From 2009 to 2011, in the framework of a first post-doctoral appointment at the top-class European Palaeolithic research institute MONREPOS Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for Human Behavioural Evolution, I organised and co-directed new excavations at the major open air site Breitenbach (Germany), to investigate adaptive strategies and intra-site spatial behaviour of Aurignacian hunter-gatherers in Central Europe. 

From 2012 to 2015, I have been PI on a 3-year project funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) to explore shifts in mobility and land use strategies in relation with raw material provenance and use, based on various early Upper Palaeolithic (EUP) sites from Belgium, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia. Over the years, I developed a wide network of contacts and collaborations with various researchers and institutions from UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Romania, Canada and the US. As a result, in 2014 I became part of the International Organizing Committee of the 11th Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies (CHAGS XI) held in Vienna in Sept 2015. At CHAGS XI, I have organised a conference session together with Prof. Robert L. Kelly on ‘Detecting shifts in mobility strategies in prehistoric and contemporary forager societies’.

I have been a Marie Sklodowska Curie-funded research fellow at the University of Cambridge (UK) from Jan 2016 until Dec 2017, and I am currently a Research Associate of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. Since May 2017, I am also a Research Associate of the Unité Mixte de Recherche (UMR) 7041 - Archéologies et Sciences de l´Antiquité, Maison Archéologie et Ethnologie, Paris. This choice has been motivated by the extensive research of UMR 7041 on the EUP of Northwestern Europe. 

In addition to mastering several European languages (with French and German as first languages, and high proficiency in English), I have extensive experience as PI in managing interdisciplinary research projects with a strong international network of collaborators, publications in high- ranked journals, and a strong track record in obtaining external research funds (approx. 437,000 EUR since 2009). In April 2017, I was awarded the D M McDonald annual conference competition award (10,000 £) to organise an international 'flagship' conference titled `Social Inequality before Farming?', which was held in Cambridge in Jan 2018. The conference volume will be published in the brand new series 'McDonald Monographs Conversations' in compliance with an Open Access Gold policy.

I have ample experience teaching students at undergraduate and MPhil level, including lectures, practical sessions and supervisions, at the Universities of Tübingen, Mainz, Ljubljana and Cambridge between 2009 and 2018. I am reviewer for various high-ranked journals and member of the editorial board of Quartär: International Yearbook for Ice Age and Stone Age Research (open access journal). I am familiar with numerous international funding bodies as an applicant and I am currently working on a number of innovative research proposals, including an ERC project proposal to be submitted in 2019.