Joint Research Unit

Cultures et Environnement, Préhistoire, Antiquité, Moyen Âge (CEPAM)

Address :
Pôle universitaire Saint-Jean-d’Angély 3 24 avenue des Diables Bleus
06357 Nice Cedex 4
Phone :
04 89 15 24 08
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General information

Affiliated institutions :

Université Côte d'Azur
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

Reference : UMR7264

Departments : DS 6 : Sciences de l'homme et des humanités


Director(s) :
- Technical systems, Ethnoarchaeology and Prehistory (Step), Elisa Nicoud, Head; 
- Dynamics of Populations and Landscapes (Dynapp), Laurence Mercuri, Head; 
- Management of Natural Resources, Environments and Societies (Grenes), Claire Delhon, Head; 
- Images, Texts & Monuments (IT&M), Rosa Maria Dessì, Head. 


• Specialized technical platforms: data acquisition, management and dissemination; experimentation, dating and characterization of archaeomaterials. Research is based on a suite of optical microscopes, two thermal & archaeochemical treatment platforms, cementochronology equipment and organic and sedimentary sample processing laboratories 
• Reference collections: archaeobotany, archaeozoology, traceology, ethnoarchaeology, biological anthropology, and specialized material libraries 
• A Research library, specializing in the laboratory's fields of investigation. The document collection includes 15,000 works, 15,000 offprints and extracts, 350 journal titles 


International relations

CEPAM is the leader of numerous core university projects (ANR; IPEV; IDEX; GDRI; GDR); it also works in close relation with the French Ministry of Culture and Communication Regional Archaeology Service and with other organizations such as Inrap (National Institute for Preventative Archaeological Research) and INED (National Institute for Demographic Studies). At the international level, there are many collaborations, joint supervision of theses, partnerships with several universities in Italy, Spain, Russia, EU, Ethiopia, and so on. CEPAM also plays an important role in archaeological missions abroad financed by the MAEE. The strong regional roots are reflected in agreements with numerous local authorities (City of Nice, City of Fréjus, City of Marseille, and the General Councils of the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var).