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Lecture - R. CRASSARD "Hunting animals with mega-traps"

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Rémy CRASSARD (CNRS - CEFAS) "Hunting animals with mega-traps in the Middle East and Central Asia"

13 November 2017 - 7pm. "Hunting animals with mega-traps in the Middle East and Central Asia"

The Globalkites Project is aiming to define the chronology, the variability and the functionality of the "desert kites", which are enigmatic gigantic stone structures visible from space. The kites are considered as hunting mega-traps and regularly seem to work within a complex system leading to strong landscape modification. Their dating and how they were used have been unresolved questions for many years. The project is then proposing an interdisciplinary approach at the crossings of anthropology (archeology and ethnology), geomatics and geoarchaeological and bioarchaeological sciences. Another aspect of the project is the study of kites distribution, from Arabia to Mesopotamia, and to Caucasia to the Aralo-Caspian zone.


Archaeologist and permanent research fellow at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) since 2010, Dr. Rémy Crassard was previously a doctoral fellow at CEFAS Yemen (2004-2007). After obtaining a PhD in Anthropology from Sorbonne University in Paris (2007), he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge (2007-2009). Since 1998, he participated to more than 60 archaeological expeditions, in many countries of the Middle East including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, Iran and the United Arab Emirates. Specialist of the prehistory of the Arabian Peninsula, he is a permanent member of several international archaeological projects. He was the director of the Globalkites Project (2013-2017) from the French Agency for Scientific Research (ANR) with fieldworks in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kazakhstan and Armenia. Rémy Crassard has been teaching at Universities in France and abroad, and has extensively published in international journals. He was appointed at CEFAS Kuwait in September 2017, as permanent researcher and CEFAS Head of Archaeology.

His latest book : N. Boivin, R. Crassard & M. Petraglia, Human Dispersal and Species Movement, From Prehistory to the Present, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge/New York, 2017.