Fiona Pichon

Fiona Pichon

VISITING RESEARCHER
(Oct 2018 to Sep 2019 & Sep 2020 to Aug 2021)

My research interests focus on the first agro-pastoral societies in the Near East, through the functional and technological analysis of the lithic tools.

My research topics of interest include:

  • Emergence of the first agro-pastoral societies in the Near East and Eastern Mediterranean;
  • Human occupation and adaptation in arid margins during the Neolithic;
  • Approach to technical systems through the technological and functional study of lithic tools;
  • Subsistence strategies and economy of the last hunter-gatherers and agro-pastoral societies;
  • Cultural traditions and skills involved in craft activities and symbolic practices;
  • Interaction network: transmission and circulation of goods, ideas and innovations;
  • Methodological contributions and analytical tools: use-wear analysis, technology, experiments, confocal microscopy (quantitative approach).

Between october 2018 and september 2019, I got a postdoctoral fellow funded by the Fyssen Foundation, for the entitled project ‘Technical innovations and societies during the Neolithic transition in the Near East. Production and use of lithic tools of the first agro-pastoral communities (10th-7th millennia)’ under the supervision of Juan J. Ibáñez, at the Archaeology of Social Dynamics (ASD) Unit of the Mila y Fontanals Institute (IMF, Barcelona) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

Selection of international publications for the last five years

  • Giraud J., Baldi J., Bonilauri S., Mashkour M., Lemée M., PICHON F. et al. 2019. Human occupation along the western flanks of Zagros during the late glacial and Holocene. Six years of archaeological investigations on the plains of Rania and Peshdar (Governorate of Soulaimaniah- Kurdistan-Iraq). Paléorient 45/2, pp. 85-119.
  • PICHON F. 2019. Utilisation d’outils en silex pour l’exploitation alimentaire et artisanale des végétaux à Dja’de el-Mughara durant le PPNB ancien (Syrie, 9ème millénaire). Proceedings of the 8th Conference on PPN Chipped and Ground Stone Industries of the Fertile Crescent.
  • Douché C. & PICHON F. 2018. Agricultural Strategies at Dja’de el-Mughara (Northern Syria). In Douché C. & Pichon F. (dirs.), Routes de l’Orient, Actes I, From the Caucasus to the Arabian Peninsula: Domestic Spaces in the Neolithic, pp. 119-149.
  • PICHON F. 2017. Exploitation of the cereals during the Pre-pottery Neolithic of Dja’de-el-Mughara: Preliminary results of the functional study of the glossy blades. Quaternary International 427, pp. 138-151.

Fiona Pichon

My research interests focus on the first agro-pastoral societies in the Near East, through the functional and technological analysis of the lithic tools.

My research topics of interest include:

  • Emergence of the first agro-pastoral societies in the Near East and Eastern Mediterranean;
  • Human occupation and adaptation in arid margins during the Neolithic;
  • Approach to technical systems through the technological and functional study of lithic tools;
  • Subsistence strategies and economy of the last hunter-gatherers and agro-pastoral societies;
  • Cultural traditions and skills involved in craft activities and symbolic practices;
  • Interaction network: transmission and circulation of goods, ideas and innovations;
  • Methodological contributions and analytical tools: use-wear analysis, technology, experiments, confocal microscopy (quantitative approach).

Between october 2018 and september 2019, I got a postdoctoral fellow funded by the Fyssen Foundation, for the entitled project ‘Technical innovations and societies during the Neolithic transition in the Near East. Production and use of lithic tools of the first agro-pastoral communities (10th-7th millennia)’ under the supervision of Juan J. Ibáñez, at the Archaeology of Social Dynamics (ASD) Unit of the Mila y Fontanals Institute (IMF, Barcelona) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

Selection of international publications for the last five years

  • Giraud J., Baldi J., Bonilauri S., Mashkour M., Lemée M., PICHON F. et al. 2019. Human occupation along the western flanks of Zagros during the late glacial and Holocene. Six years of archaeological investigations on the plains of Rania and Peshdar (Governorate of Soulaimaniah- Kurdistan-Iraq). Paléorient 45/2, pp. 85-119.
  • PICHON F. 2019. Utilisation d’outils en silex pour l’exploitation alimentaire et artisanale des végétaux à Dja’de el-Mughara durant le PPNB ancien (Syrie, 9ème millénaire). Proceedings of the 8th Conference on PPN Chipped and Ground Stone Industries of the Fertile Crescent.
  • Douché C. & PICHON F. 2018. Agricultural Strategies at Dja’de el-Mughara (Northern Syria). In Douché C. & Pichon F. (dirs.), Routes de l’Orient, Actes I, From the Caucasus to the Arabian Peninsula: Domestic Spaces in the Neolithic, pp. 119-149.
  • PICHON F. 2017. Exploitation of the cereals during the Pre-pottery Neolithic of Dja’de-el-Mughara: Preliminary results of the functional study of the glossy blades. Quaternary International 427, pp. 138-151.