Short CV/Education and training


  • 2014
    Ph.D. Prehistoric Archaeology. University Lumière Lyon 2. “The Epipalaeolithic and Neolithic Personal Adornments from Syria (12th-7th Millennium BC): Techniques and Uses, Exchanges and Identities”. Summa cum laude.

  • 2006
    M.A. Archaeology. University Lumière Lyon 2. First evidence of nomadic pastoralism in the Near East at the end of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic Period (7600-6400 BC). Summa cum laude.

  • 2003
    B.A. of History. Faculty of History and Geography, Valencia, Spain. Cum laude.

  • 1999 – 2000
    First years of B.A. of Archaeology at the Faculty of Archaeology, Univ. of Damascus, Syria

Selected publications

  • Alarashi H. (Accepted). New insights into the technological management of the Neolithic cowrie beads in the Levant: An experimental and traceological approach. In: Hamon C., Maigrot Y. & Beyries S. (éds.), Beyond use-wear traces: Tools and people. Actes du colloque International AWRANA (29 mai-1 juin 2018). Sidestone press.

  • Alarashi H. (Accepted). Neolithic ornaments in Northern Mesopotamia and the Levant: Between inherited traditions and novelties. In: Hansen S., Klimscha F. & Renn J. (éds.), Prehistoric Networks in the Longue Durée: Palaeolithic Innovations enabling the Neolithic Revolution. Actes du colloque international (Berlin, 9-11 déc. 2015), Excellence-Cluster TOPOI, Berlin.

  • Chambrade M.-L., Alarashi H. (Accepted). Acquisition, circulation and pathways of communication during the Neolithic. The example of Mureybet mineral beads. In: Van de Put L., Baird D., Görkay K., Haldon J., Massa M., Mitchell S. (éds.), Roads and Routes in Anatolia from the Epipalaeolithic to Seljuk Times. Actes du colloque international (Ankara, 20-22 mars 2014), The British Institute at Ankara.

  • Benz M., Gresky J., Štefanisko D., Alarashi H., Knipper C., Purschwitz C., Bauer J. and Gebel H.G.K. 2019. Burying power: New insights into incipient leadership in the Late Pre-Pottery Neolithic from an outstanding burial at Ba‘ja, southern Jordan. PLoS ONE 14(8): e0221171.

  • Alarashi H., Ortiz A. & Molist M. 2018. Seashells on the riverside: Cowrie ornaments from the PPNB site of Tell Halula (Euphrates, Northern Syria). Quaternary International 490: 98-112.

  • Alarashi H. 2016. The ‘butterfly’ beads of the Levant: socio-cultural and economic implications during the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 26(3): 493-512.

  • Poulmarc'h M., Christidou R., Bălășescu A., Alarashi H., Le Mort F., Gasparyan B., Chataigner C. 2016. Dog molars as personal ornaments in a Kura-Araxes child burial (Kalavan-1, Armenia). Antiquity 90(352): 953-972.

  • Alarashi H. 2016. PPNA stone grooved pendants from the Middle Euphrates Valley: Markers of cultural identity? Neo-Lithics 2/16: 20-28.

  • Alarashi H. 2015. The Epipalaeolithic and Neolithic personal adornments from Syria (12th-7th millennium BC): Techniques and uses, exchanges and identities. Neo-Lithics 1/15: 45-46.

  • Alarashi H. 2010. Shell beads in the Prepottery Neolithic B in Central Levant: Note about the Cypraeidae of Tell Aswad (Damascus, Syria). In: Alvarez Fernandez E. & Carvajal Contreras D.R. (éds.), Not Only Food: Marine, Terrestrial and Freshwater molluscs in Archaeological Sites. Actes de la 2e conférence ICAZ Archaeomalacology Working Group, Munibe Suplemento 31: 88-98.

  • Alarashi H., Chambrade M.-L. 2010. Outils géographiques appliqués à l’étude de la provenance des matériaux utilisés pour la parure néolithique : l’exemple du site de Mureybet. In: Alarashi H., Chambrade M.-L., Gondet S., Jouvenel A., Sauvage C., Tronchère H. (éds.), Regards croisés sur l’étude archéologique des paysages anciens. Actes du colloque international « Broadening Horizons 2 », Travaux de la Maison de l’Orient 56, MOM, Lyon : 95-106.

  • Alarashi H., Chambrade M.-L., Gondet S., Jouvenel A., Sauvage C., Tronchère H. (eds.) 2010. Regards croisés sur l’étude archéologique des paysages anciens. Nouvelles recherches dans le bassin méditerranéen, en Asie centrale, et au Proche et Moyen-Orient. Actes du colloque international « Broadening Horizons 2 », Travaux de la Maison de l’Orient 56, Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, Lyon.

Selected projects

  • 2020 – 2022 "PRECIOUS". Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions – IF

  • 2019 "CARE", German Research Foundation (FDG)/F. & E. Rutzen Foundation.

  • 2016 – 2017 “Cultural interactions and construction of identities: Techno-functional analysis of Neolithic and Chalcolithic personal ornaments from Anatolia". Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED-Istanbul).

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of Association of Archaeological Wear and Residue Analysts (AWRANA)

  • Member of ex-oriente e V.

  • Member of Society of Bead Researchers

  • Member of Société Préhistorique Française (SPF)

  • Member of The Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAFA)

  • Member of ICAZ Archaeomalacology Working Group

  • Member of International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ)


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