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Solange Rigaud

CNRS Researcher

Solange Rigaud (Ph.D. Université de Bordeaux) is a CNRS researcher. Prior to joining CIRHUS, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Life Sciences and Biotechnologies of the University of Ferrara (Italy) and the Department of Prehistory of the University of Liège (Belgium). She approaches archaeology with the belief that results in the field of human evolution benefit from the application of theoretical approaches and analytical methods developed in other disciplines in both the social and natural sciences. Her research deals primarily with the complex symbolic behavior associated with the transition to farming in Europe and Western Asia. She uses personal ornaments as a cultural proxy to evaluate the profound social changes that affected the last foraging and the first farming societies and to identify how the cultural geography of Europe was transformed during this period. She focuses on the mechanisms of cultural transmission/replacement during the transition to farming by taking into account the impact of geographic boundaries and population dynamics. She examines ancient beads at the microscopic level and uses advanced analytical techniques based on comparative reference collections. She also combines multidisciplinary data with the development of efficient statistical and GIS analytical tools. She is involved in numerous field projects in Southwestern Europe and Cyprus.


Banks, William E., Nicolas Antunes, Solange Rigaud, and Francesco d’Errico. 2013. “Ecological Constraints on the First Prehistoric Farmers in Europe.” Journal of Archaeological Science 40 (6): 2746–2753. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2013.02.013.

Rigaud, Solange, Francesco d’Errico, and Marian Vanhaeren. 2010. “Los Objetos de Adorno Personal Asociados Al Esqueleto Mesolítico Braña-2.” In Los Hombres Mesolíticos de La Cueva de La Braña-Arintero (Valdeugueros, León), edited by J.M. Vidal Encinas and MA. Encina Prada Marco, 62–81. Leon: Museo de Leon.

Rigaud, Solange, Francesco d’Errico, and Marian Vanhaeren. 2015. “Ornaments Reveal Resistance of North European Cultures to the Spread of Farming.” PLoS ONE 10 (4): e0121166. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0121166.

Rigaud, Solange, Francesco d’Errico, Marian Vanhaeren, and Xavier Peñalber. 2014. “A Short-Term, Task-Specific Site: Epipalaeolithic Settlement Patterns Inferred from Marine Shells Found at Praileaitz I (Basque Country, Spain).” Journal of Archaeological Science 41 (0): 666–678. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2013.10.009.

Rigaud, Solange, Marian Vanhaeren, Alain Queffelec, Gwénaëlle Bourdon, and Francesco d’Errico. 2013. “The Way We Wear Makes the Difference: Residue Analysis Applied to Mesolithic Personal Ornaments from Hohlenstein-Stadel (Germany).” Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, November, 1–12. doi:10.1007/s12520-013-0169-9.

Updated on 11/09/2015