My research focuses on climate change and human dispersals in the past and how they may have impacted human technical behaviours. In particular it focuses on eastern Africa, north-eastern Africa and the Levant during the last 50,000 years. It aims to highlight patterns of change or persistence in the archaeological record, and what it may mean in terms of human adaptation to a changing environment or contacts or isolations of populations.

Other Publications

2019          Leplongeon, A., M. Goder-Goldberger, D. Pleurdeau. International workshop on human occupations in the Nile Valley and neighbouring regions between 75,000 and 15,000 years ago. Evolutionary Anthropology Doi: 10.1002/evan.21756

2018          Leplongeon, A.,Goring-Morris, A.N.. Terminal Pleistocene lithic variability in the Western Negev (Israel): Is there any evidence for contacts with the Nile Valley? Journal of Lithic Studies. http://journals.ed.ac.uk/lithicstudies/article/view/2614

2017                A. Leplongeon, D. Pleurdeau, E. Hovers. Late Pleistocene and Holocene Lithic Variability at Goda Buticha (Southeastern Ethiopia): Implications for the Understanding of the Middle and Late Stone Age of the Horn of Africa. Journal of African Archaeology15 (2), 202–233https://doi.org/10.1163/21915784-12340010

2017                A. Leplongeon. Technological variability in the Late Palaeolithic lithic industries of the Egyptian Nile Valley: the case of the Afian and Silsilian industries. PLOS ONE, e0188824 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0188824.

2017                A. Leplongeon. Current approaches and new directions in lithic analysis: defining, identifying and interpreting variability. Evolutionary Anthropology26 (4), 145-148

2017                C. Tribolo, A. Asrat, J.J. Bahain, C. Chapon, E. Douville, C. Fragnol, M. Hernandez, E. Hovers, A. Leplongeon, L. Martin, D. Pleurdeau, O. Pearson, S. Puaud, Z. Assefa. Across the Gap: Geochronological and Sedimentological Analyses from the Late Pleistocene-Holocene Sequence of Goda Buticha, Southeastern Ethiopia. PLOS ONE, e0169418

2016                Lebrun, B., C. Tribolo, B. Chevrier, M. Rasse, L. Lespez, A. Leplongeon, I. Hajdas, A. Camara, N. Mercier and É. Huysecom. Establishing a West African chrono-cultural framework: First luminescence dating of sedimentary formations from the Faleme Valley, Eastern Senegal. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 7, 379-388.

2016                Chevrier, B., M. Rasse, L. Lespez, C. Tribolo, I. Hajdas, M. Guardiola Fígols, B. Lebrun,A. Leplongeon, A. Camara, and É. Huysecom. West African Palaeolithic History: New Archaeological and Chronostratigraphic Data from the Falémé Valley, Eastern Senegal. Quaternary International,408(part B), 33-52.

2016                Huysecom, É., Chevrier, B., Mayor, A., Pelmoine, T., Cantin, N., Chaix, L., Leplongeon, A., Lespez, L., Loukou, S., Rasse, M., Truffa Giachet, M., Bocoum, H., Camara, A., Hajdas, I., Lebrun, B., Tribolo, C.. Transitions et continuités dans la vallée de la Falémé (Sénégal) : résultats de la 18ème année de recherche du programme international “Peuplement humain et paléoenvironnement en Afrique” (SLSA Jahresarbericht 2015). Fondation Suisse-Liechtenstein pour les recherches archéologiques à l’étranger, Zürich, Vaduz pp. 103-160.

2014                A. Leplongeon. Microliths in the Middle and Later Stone Age: new data from Porc-Epic and Buticha caves, Ethiopia. Quaternary international, 343, 100-116.

2011                 A. Leplongeon& D. Pleurdeau. The Upper Palaeolithic Lithic industry of Nazlet Khater 4 (Egypt): Implications for the Stone Age/Palaeolithic of Northeastern Africa. African Archaeological Review, 28, 213-236.



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    Individual fellowships

    2019 – present   FWO Senior postdoctoral fellow, KU Leuven, Leuven (Belgium)
                               The MOVADAPT Project: MOdern human technological Variability in Africa during the last 50,000 years: diffusions,                                  transitions, aDAPtations

    2018 – 2019       EURIAS Junior postdoctoral fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, Bologna (Italia)
    Human-environment Interactions in the Nile Valley between 75,000 and 15,000 years ago in the context of modern human dispersals. 

    2017 – 2018      Postdoctoral Researcher, National Museum of Natural History, Paris (France)
    In the frame of the French National Research Agency project ‘Big Dry’

    2015 – 2017      Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge (UK)
    Principal investigator of the project PleisTechnoVar (grant no 655459):
    Project: Technological variability during the Late Pleistocene in Eastern Africa: lithic assemblages as indirect witnesses of past population dynamics.

    2014                  Fyssen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)
    Project: Back-to-Africa? Technical diversity at the end of the Pleistocene in the Nile Valley and the Levant. 

    2010-2013      Ph.D. fellowMuséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris (France)
    Title:The Middle to the Late Stone Age transition in East Africa (Ethiopia)
    Under the direction of Dr Marie-Hélène Moncel and Dr David Pleurdeau


    Collaborative projects

    2018 – present    Member of the research group ‘ComsAfrica’(PI’s: Dr M. Will and
    Prof C. Tryon) which aims to facilitate comparisons of Middle
    Stone Age artefacts in Africa

    2018 – present    Collaborator in the (H)Origin project(dir. Dr E. Spinapolice) –
    Middle and Late Stone Age
    Excavations of the sites of Gotera and Yabelo (Ethiopia)   


    2014 – present   Member of the “Big Dry” project, coord.: Prof. François Bon
    “Rupture and continuity in the late Pleistocene settlement of Africa:
                               Paleoanthropology, archaeology and palaeoenvironemnt compared
    between the Rift and Nile Valleys within their continental context”,

    2011 – present   Archaeologist, South East Ethiopia Cave Survey Project, led by
    Dr Z. Assefa and D. Pleurdeau – Middle Stone Age and Late Stone

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    • EURIAS Annual Meeting, Aarhus, Denmark – April 2019

    • EGU General Assembly 2019, Vienna, Austria – April 2019
      Solicited abstract ‘The Nile Valley at the end of the Pleistocene: corridor of dispersal and/or environmental refugium?
      Session SSP1.3/CL1.27/GM6.8 Integrating stratigraphy, sedimentology, palaeontology and paleoclimate in human evolution and dispersal studies – from early hominins to the Holocene. https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2019/session/30402

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