UMR TRAJECTOIRES

Department of Art history and Archaeology
Sorbonne School of Art History & Archaeology

Trajectories carries out both field work – research or preventive excavations in France and abroad – and laboratory work. The laboratory has developed two methodological and technical poles: a “Data Acquisition Methods, 3D & Geomatics” pole in which digital archaeology research is carried out and a second “multi-material traceology” pole. The laboratory thus has microscopic observation or 3D modelling equipment and has access to shared equipment within the Maison Archéologie Ethnologie (MSH Mondes) with an electron microscope or high-resolution laser scanners and a large-format 3D printer of the Labex Dynamite. The UMR is also a member of the 3D Consortium of the TGIR Huma-Num and participates in its work. Trajectoires also has a strong partnership with the public research establishment in preventive archaeology INRAP, since its creation in 2002. UMR researchers have 95 members, university professors (4), lecturers (5), CNRS researchers and engineers (8), officials of the Ministry of Culture (2), INRAP agents (41), local authorities (4), 18 Phd students, 8 post-docs and scientific collaborators (8).

The Laboratory’s research focuses on the historical trajectories of societies from their sedentarization to the emergence of the first states. Starting from the last societies of hunters-gatherers-fishermen (Mesolithic) in contact with the first societies of farmers-breeders in sedentarization (Neolithic), to stop at the establishment of the first Crown corporations (Ages of Metals), this broad chronological field captures the processes of setting up a series of changes that will shape our societies until the Industrial Revolution: specialization of activities, appropriation of territories, social stratification, control of trade and distribution networks, migration and colonization. Three themes are nurtured by collective or individual programs and research: Theme 1: Societies and economies (emergence of production economies and diversification of strategies for exploiting natural animal, plant and mineral resources. Theme 2: Environment, territory, social organization (forms of habitat and space occupied by societies interacting with their environment, modes of occupancy and dynamics of settlement; sacred spaces and the world of the dead). Theme 3: Archaeology from the past to the present (this theme deals both with the dynamics and social changes over the long term but also with emerging issues around the evolution of the discipline (legislation, scope, heritage).