TOUZÉ Olivier

Chargé de recherches FNRS & Fonds assoc.


Olivier Touzé obtained his PhD at the University Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne (France) and the University of Liège in 2019, and he now holds a position of postdoctoral fellow at TraceoLab supported by the Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS). After a Master degree from the Free University of Brussels (ULB) in Art History and Archaeology, he specialized in lithic technology under the supervision of Prof. Nicole Pigeot at the University Paris 1, where he obtained a second Master degree. His research focuses on the European Upper Palaeolithic with a specific interest for Gravettian societies. He is involved in projects on several Palaeolithic sites including Ormesson - Les Bossats (dir. Pierre Bodu) and Laussel (dir. Laurent Klaric) in France, and Maisières-Canal in Belgium. His main interests concern the parameters of variation of UP lithic technical systems, and the mechanisms underlying their evolution through time.

Olivier's current research project aims to develop a method for recognizing individual technical signatures within the productions of flint blades of the UP. This project is based on a traceological and technological approach at different scales of analysis, tightly intertwined with experimentation involving modern flint knappers. Next to understanding the diversity of macro- and microscopic knapping traces created by the use of different prehistoric percussion techniques, the project aims to define the magnitude and characteristics of the individual variation in blade production with particular attention to the psychomotor habits of the knappers. The research is conducted under the direction of Dr Veerle Rots, and involves close collaborations with the CETREP (Centre for the Study of Techniques and Experimental Research in Prehistory) based in the Prehistomuseum (Ramioul, Belgium), and with the UMR 8068 TEMPS (Nanterre, France) for the analysis of several assemblages coming from well-preserved open-air Magdalenian and Gravettian sites, namely Pincevent, Verberie, and Ormesson. The purposes of this research are to address questions related to the place of the individual within prehistoric societies, and to reassess the influence of the individual on the production of prehistoric material cultures.

Fonctions ou mandats

  • Chargé de recherches F.R.S.-FNRS
  • Représentant du Personnel scientifique temporaire de l'UR Art, Archéologie & Patrimoine