Maxime Rageot

I am a Post-Doctoral Researcher in biomolecular archaeology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (department of Pre- and Protohistory) and at the University of Bretagne Sud (TEMOS laboratory). I am also assistant lecturer in archaeological science at the university of Tübingen (Germany).

My research interests lie in the characterization of ancient organic substances and their systems of production during Pre-and Protohistory in western Europe and Mediterranean area. In addition to identifying these biomaterials (e.g. animal adipose fats, dairy, beehive products, fermented beverages, plant oils, tars and resins), my work is also targeted at investigating the procurement strategies, the transformation processes and the areas of activity in which organic substances were used. Different fields of research are combined including archaeology, analytical chemistry, experimental-archaeology, spatial analysis and more recently ethno-archaeology (French Polar Institute Program ETAPAS: EThnoArchaeology of Plant use and exploitation in Arctic and subarctic environments). I am currently involved in the ERC project FoodTransforms (Transformations of Food in the Eastern Mediterranean Late Bronze Age) and the regional program Lait’Ages (archaeology of the dairy products in protohistoric Brittany).

Prior to my current positions, I obtained a M.A. in Molecular Chemistry in 2010, at the University of Rennes 1 and a PhD in Prehistory in 2015 at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France (CEPAM-UMR 7264 and ICN-UMR). My PhD research focused on the management of plant resins, tars and organic fossil substances in the north-western Mediterranean region (from Abruzzi to Catalonia) during recent Prehistory. These multifunctional substances were used, among other things, for their adhesive and hydrophobic properties. Then, I completed a three years Post-Doctoral position (2015-2018) at the university of Tübingen in Germany (department of Pre- and Protohistory), where my work focused mainly on palaeodietary and consumption practices during the early Iron Age in Central Europe (BEFIM project: Meanings and Functions of Mediterranean Imports in Early Iron Age Central Europe).

Foodstuffs, Dairy products, Fermented beverages, Medicinal and Cosmetic products, Perfumes, Aromatic materials in the Mediterranean and West-European areas. This scientific notebook presents the bioarchaeology research programs of the Temos laboratory (CNRS, UMR 9016).

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