Frédéric Abbès

Frédéric Abbès

CNRS UMR 5133, Archéorient
2020 Grant co-recipient with Marie Orange

The Neolithic site of Cheikh Hassan (Euphrates valley, Syria)

Frédéric Abbès is member of the CNRS laboratory Archéorient (UMR-5133-Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, Lyon, France). Elected director of this laboratory, he will take up his duties on January 1st, 2021. Frédéric Abbes is also the director of the French Archaeological Mission El Kowm/Mureybet (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Project on the neolithization of the Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean). A specialist in lithics technologies, Frédéric has participated in several archaeological fields in the Near East, mainly in Syria. He has directed the archaeological excavations of Tell Qdeir, Wadi Tumbaq 1, 2, 3, and Jarette Gazella. He has also directed archaeological surveys in the Bal'as and Amur mountainous regions in central Syria. Frédéric developed a new methodology applied to Near Eastern lithic technologies and introduced the concept of laminar predetermination. He also teaches Near Eastern prehistory at the University of Lyon, France (Lyon 2, Department of History of Art and Archaeology) with a master/PhD course on lithic technologies and experimental archaeology. He annually organizes a hands-on flintknapping training with an international audience.

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