Short CV/Education and training

  • Teaching activities:

Courses in General Prehistory, Archaeological Research Methodology, Coordination of field training and management of field schools, European Neolithic, Theories in Prehistoric Archaeology

  • Student Supervision (2016):

  • Supervisor or co-supervisor for 23 PhD theses, 6 in progress, 17 finished (1 with Latsis award)

    Supervisor or co-supervisor for 25 Master's theses (2 with award)

  • Director of archaeological excavations

  • 1990
    Excavation of the site of Dersbachstrasse at Hünenberg-Chämleten (Zoug, Switzerland), Rescue excavation, Final Neolithic occupation (Horgen)

  • 1992
    Excavation of the site of Petit-Chasseur at Sion (Valais, Switzerland), Urgent rescue excavation, La Tène graves and Middle Neolithic occupation

  • 2006 – 2007
    Excavation of the site of Crédery at Choully (Geneva, Switzerland), Rescue excavation, Late Neolithic occupation site

  • 2015
    - 2016 Grand-Saconnex (Geneva, Switzerland), Rescue excavation, Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iraon Age occupations

  • Since 2012
    Excavation of the Cave of the Eremita (Piemont, Italy), Research excavation, several prehistoric occupations; International Project

Selected publications

  • BOOKS

    Besse (M.), Piguet (M.), 2011. Le site préhistorique du Petit-Chasseur (Sion, Valais) 10. Un hameau du Néolithique moyen. Lausanne : cahiers d’archéologie romande (Cahiers d’archéologie romande 124, Archaeologia vallesiana 6), 424 pages.

  • Besse (M.), ed. 2014. Around the Petit-Chasseur Site in Sion (Valais, Switzerland) and New Approaches to the Bell Beaker Culture, Proceedings of the International Conference (Sion, Switzerland – October 27th – 30th 2011). Oxford : Archaeopress, 340 pages.

  • Besse (M.), Desideri (J.), ed. 2004. Graves and funerary rituals during the Late Neolithic and the Early Bronze Age in Europe (2700-2000 B.C.). International conference (Oct. 4-7th 2001 ; Sion, Switzerland, Cantonal archaeological Museum). Oxford : Archaeopress. (BAR : Int. ser. ; S1284), 208 pages.

  • PAPERS

    Moubarak-Nahra (R.), Castel (J.-C.), Besse (M.), 2014. Reconstructing carcass processing related to elk (Alces alces) exploitation during the Late Mesolithic: The case of Zamostje 2 (Central Russia), In : Brugal, J.P., et Bignon, O., (Eds), Environmental & Cultural Dynamics in Upper Pleistocene, Quaternary International, 337, 170-188.

  • Besse (M.). 2012. Prehistory of the Upper Rhône Valley: from Neanderthals to Modern Humans. Archs. Sci. 65: 229-236.

  • Cattin (F.), Guénette-Beck (B.), Curdy (P.), Meisser (N.), Ansermet (S.), Hofmann (B.), Kündig (R.), Hubert (V.) Wörle (M.), Hametner (K.) Günther (D.), Wichser (A.), Ulrich (A.) Villa (I.M.), Besse (M.). 2011. Provenance of Early Bronze Age metal artefacts in Western Switzerland using elemental and lead isotopic compositions and their possible relation with copper minerals of the nearby Valais. Journal of archaeological science, 38, 1221-1233

  • Desideri (J.), Price (D.), Burton (J.), Fullagar (P.), Besse (M.). 2010. Mobility evidence during the Bell Beaker period in Western Switzerland through strontium isotope study. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropology (79 ; April 2010 ; Albuquerque, New Mexico : abstracts). American journal of physical anthropology, 141, Suppl. 50, 93.

  • Desideri (J.), Besse (M.). 2010. Swiss Bell Beaker population dynamics : eastern or southern influences? Archaeological and anthropological sciences, 2, 157-173.

  • Desideri (J.), Piguet (M.), Furestier (R.), Cattin (F.), Besse (M.) 2012. The end of the Neolithic in Western Switzerland: peopling dynamics through nonmetric dental study. In: Fokkens, H. & Nicolis, F. ed. Background to Beakers: inquiries into regional cultural backgrounds of the Bell Beakers complex. The Hague. Leiden : Sidestone Press, 81-115.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • PREHISTORY IN THE ALPS: EXCAVATION OF THE EREMITA CAVE IN THE PIEDMONT, ITALY

    . since 2012

    . Excavation of the Eremita cave, Middle Bronze Age occupation, around 1600 BC

  • PREHISTORIC POTTERY IN THE ALPS: SOCIAL ORGANISATION IN THE UPPER RHONE VALLEY DURING THE FINAL NEOLITHIC, THE BELL BEAKER CULTURE AND THE EARLY BRONZE AGE

    . since 2016

    . We propose a multifaced research programme focusing on pottery assemblages dated from the Final Neolithic through the Bell Beaker Culture to the Early Bronze Age. Ceramic material stemming from the Upper Rhone Vally in SW Switzerland will form the main study material for this project, and will be studied following four mutually interrelated lines of inquiry : typological, technological, raw material choices and functions.

  • BELL BEAKER CULTURE AND PREHISTORIC SOCIETIES IN EUROPE

    . The end of the Neolithic era in Occidental Europe and Northern Africa is characterised by the presence of a very homogeneous ceramic type – the bell beaker. As determining elements of the Bell Beaker culture, these beakers in the shape of inversed bells (hence the name), decorated with geometric patterns, are found in well-defined natural and cultural contexts. Although homogeneous at first glance, the Bell Beaker culture does not reveal a centralised production sites for these richly decorated ceramics. It does not reflect an economic network, nor a single group of people. As a complex culture, the Bell Beaker phenomenon must be studied in the diversity of its cultural components and in the difference of its transfer mechanisms.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Archéologie suisse, member of the scientific Committee, President, 2012-2016

  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon – La Sorbonne, member of the scientific Committee for doctoral training school, 2012-2016

  • Conseil scientifique de l'INRAP-Paris, Institut national pour les recherches archéologiques préventives, Paris (France), member of the scientific Committee, nominated by the Ministry of Research and Education, since 2011

  • Conseil scientifique du RN-MSH, Paris (France), nominated by the Ministry of Research and Education, 2009-2014

  • CUSO – Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale – Commission for Archaeology (CBA), President, since 2008

  • UISPP – International Union for the Prehistoric Sciences, President of the Commission "Neolithic Civilizations of the Mediterranean and Europe", since 2014

  • Les Alpes de la Préhistoire à l'Antiquité, member of the scientific Committee, Aoste (Italy), since 2003

  • Internéo – Association pour les recherches interrégionales sur le Néolithique, Paris, member of the administrative Committee, since 2001

  • Archéologie et gobelets, Association pour la promotion de la recherche et la diffusion des connaissances sur le Campaniforme, President, since 1996

Media coverage

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