Short CV/Education and training

Scientific Career

  • Since 2011
    Chercheur qualifié du FNRS, University of Liège, Belgium (permanent position)

  • 2009 – 2011
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Fund for Scientific Research (FWO) – Flanders, K.U.Leuven

  • 2005 – 2012
    Invited guest lecturer of the Department of Archaeology of K.U. Leuven

  • 2002 – 2009
    Post-doctoral researcher of K.U.Leuven

  • 2001 – 2002
    Pre-doctoral researcher on a research fund of K.U.Leuven

  • 1997 – 2001
    Doctoral bursary student on a research fund of the K.U.Leuven

  • 1997
    Scientific researcher at the Institute of the Archaeological Heritage of the Flemish Community


  • 2002
    Doctor in Archaeology (K.U.Leuven); PhD thesis: Hafting Traces on Flint Tools: Possibilities and Limitations of Macro- and Microscopic Approaches, Promotor: Prof. Dr. P.M. Vermeersch

  • 1996
    Master in Archaeology (K.U.Leuven); MA thesis: Gebruikssporenonderzoek op de lithische artefacten van de nederzetting te Zonhoven-Molenheide 2. Aanvullend experimenteel onderzoek. (Use-wear analysis of the lithic artefacts from the settlement of Zonhoven-Molenheide 2. Additional experimental program)., Promotor: Prof. Dr. P.M. Vermeersch

  • 1994
    Bachelor in Archaeology and Art History (K.U.Leuven)

Selected publications

  • ROTS, V. & H. PLISSON. 2014. Projectiles and the abuse of the use-wear method in a search for impact, Journal of Archaeological Science 48: 154-165. (IF 2012:1,889).

  • ROTS, V. 2013. Insights into early Middle Palaeolithic tool use and hafting in Western Europe. The functional analysis of Level IIa of the early Middle Palaeolithic site of Biache-Saint-Vaast (France), Journal of Archaeological Science 40, 1: 497-506. (IF 2012:1,889).

  • ROTS, V., P. VAN PEER & P.M VERMEERSCH. 2011. Aspects of Tool Production, Use and Hafting in Palaeolithic industries from Northeast Africa, Journal of Human Evolution 60: 637-664. (IF 2009: 2,987).

  • ROTS, V. 2009. The functional analysis of the Mousterian and Micoquian assemblages of Sesselfelsgrotte, Germany. Tool use and Hafting in the European Late Middle Paleolithic, Quartär 56: 37-66.

  • VAN PEER, P., V. ROTS & P.M. VERMEERSCH. 2008. A Wasted Effort at the Quarry. Analysis and Interpretation of an MSA lanceolate point from Taramsa-8, Egypt, Paleoanthropology 2008: 234-250.

  • ROTS, V., L. PIRNAY, Ph. PIRSON & O. BAUDOUX. 2006. Blind tests shed light on possibilities of interpreting prehistoric stone tool prehension and hafting, Journal of Archaeological Science 33: 935-952. (IF 2007: 1,439)

  • ROTS, V. & P. VAN PEER. 2006. Early Evidence of Complexity in Lithic Economy: Core-axe Production, Hafting and Use at Late Middle Pleistocene site 8-B-11, Sai Island (Sudan), Journal of Archaeological Science 33, 3: 360-371. (IF 2007: 1,439)

  • ROTS, V. 2005. Wear Traces and the Interpretation of Stone Tools, Journal of Field Archaeology 30, 1: 61-73.

  • ROTS, V. 2004. Prehensile Wear on Flint Tools, Lithic Technology 29, 1: 7-32.

  • ROTS, V. & B. WILLIAMSON. 2004. Microwear and Residue Analysis in Perspective: the contribution of ethnoarchaeological evidence, Journal of Archaeological Science 31: 1287-1299. (IF 2007: 1,439)

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Start-up grant (crédit de démarrage) from the Fund for Scientific Research of the University of Liège (Fonds Spéciaux de Recherche), 2011

  • ERC starting grant from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007-2013), 2012

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • President of the Groupe de Contact FNRS “Préhistoire – Prehistorie”

  • Member of the Scientific committee (Board) of the Musée de la Préhistoire en Wallonie, Ramioul, Liège (Belgium)

  • Member of the board (“conseil de gestion”) of the European Centre for Archaeometry (“Centre Européen d’Archéométrie”), University of Liège

  • Memberof the PaleoAnthropology Society

  • Memberof the Society for Africanist Archaeologists

  • Member of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution

  • Member of the Forum Vlaamse Archeologie

  • Member of UISPP

  • Member of the Association for Wear and Residue Analysts (AWRANA)

  • Invited reviewer for several journals and funding agencies

PhD juries

  • Jérémie JACQUIER, Université de Rennes I, France; Title PhD thesis: Approche fonctionnelle de l'outillage lithique à l'aube de l'Holocène dans le nord-ouest de la France; Supervisors : Prof. Grégor Marchand, Dr. Sylvie Beyries, 2015

  • Yvonne LAMMERS, Leiden University, The Netherlands; Title PhD thesis: Tracing traces from present to past. A functional analysis of pre-Columbian shell and stone artefacts from Anse à la Gourde and Morel, Guadeloupe, FWI; Supervisors: Prof. Dr. L.P Louwe Kooijmans, Prof. Dr. C.L. Hofman; Co-supervisor: Dr. A.L. Van Gijn, 2007

Media coverage

Newspaper and magazine articles

  • Article in De Morgen (3/11/1998): “Experimentele archeologie lost raadsels op”

  • Article in Het Nieuwsblad (11/11/2000): “Meirberg geeft zijn schatten prijs”

  • Article in De Standaard (29/11/2002) “Colaflesje verdringt steen in Ethiopië”

  • Article in De Knack, Ontdek (28/4/2004): “Een steen op een schacht”

  • Article in FNRS News (86, septembre 2011): “Sur les traces de l’homme moderne”

Interviews on the radio

  • Radio 1, Jongens en Wetenschap (12/2002)

Television programs

  • Canvas, Overleven: “De Nieuwe Neanderthaler” (26/10/2003, republished on 5/8/2004)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Family: 3 children


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