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  • Professor Pierre de Maret
  • Honorary Professor
  • pierre.de.maret@ulb.ac.be
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Pierre de Maret

Anthropologist and archaeologist, Pierre de Maret has been engaged in extensive fieldwork in Africa for over 40 years, as his teaching and research interests have focussed on the archaeology of Central Africa, ethnoarchaeology, economic, medical and applied anthropology (AIDS prevention, rainforest conservation, Cultural Heritage Management and museology). He was for 6 years the Director of a large research project of the European Commission on the Future of Rainforest People.

Pierre de Maret was President of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists (USA) and of the Academia Belgica in Rome and is President of the Scientific Board of the Royal African Museum in Tervuren (Belgium). He has consulted extensively for the European Commission, the Agence de la Francophonie, the United Nations, UNESCO and the World Bank. He is also very committed to academic cooperation with universities of developing countries.

A member of the Belgian Royal Academy as well as of many other academic and scientific associations, he holds Honorary Degrees from the Universities of Lubumbashi, Montreal, La Republica (Santiago-Chile), Lyon II, Tubingen and Chisinau.

He has served as the 63rd Rector of Brussels University (ULB) from 2000 to 2006 and was from 2005 until 2009, member of the Board of the European University Association.

  • Archaeology of Central Africa
  • Bantu Expansion
  • Early food production in rainforests
  • Bananas domestication
  • Iron and copper metallurgy in Africa
  • The Egyptian God Seth
  • Sacred Kingship
  • Rescue Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management
  • Chapter 43: Archaeologies of the Bantu expansion, in P. Lane and P. Mitchell (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2013, pp. 627-643.
  • Chapter 60: Recent Farming Communities and States in the Congo Basin and its Environs, in P. Lane and P. Mitchell (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2013, pp. 876-886.
  • Comment on « Intensifying Weathering and Land Use in Iron Age Central Africa », K. Neumann, M.K.H. Eggert, R. Oslisly, B. Clist, T. Denham, P. de Maret, S. Ozainne, E. Hildebrand, K. Bostoen, U. Salzmann, D. Schwartz, B. Eichorn, B. Tchiengué, A. Hölm, Science 337 (6098), 2012, 1040p. – DOI : 10.1126/science.1221747.
  • From kinship to kingship: an African journey into complexity, Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa 47 (3), 2012, pp. 314-326
  • Chapter 66: Divine Kings, in T. Insoll (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011, pp. 1059-1067.
  • Multidisciplinary perspectives on banana (Musa sp.) domestication (with X. Perrier, E. De Langhe, M. Donahue, C. Lentfer, L. Vrydaghs, F. Bakry, F. Careel, I. Hippolyte, J. -P. Horry, C. Jenny, V. Lebot, A.M. Risterucci, K. Tomekpe, H. Doutrelepont, T. Ball, J. Manwaring & T. Denham), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108(28), 2011, pp. 11311-11318.
  • L’oryctérope, un animal “ bon à penser” pour les Africains, est-il à l’origine du dieu égyptien Seth ?, Bulletin de l’Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale, 105, 2005, pp. 107-128.
  • From Pottery Groups to Ethnic Groups in Central Africa, in A. Brower Stahl (ed) African Archaeology : A critical Introduction. Malden & Oxford: Blackwell, 2005, pp. 420-440.
  • First archaeological evidence of banana cultivation in central Africa during the third millenium before present (with C. Mbida, H. Doutrelepont, L. Vrydaghs, R.L. Swennen, R.J. Swennen, H. Beeckman, E. De Langhe), Vegetarian History and Archaeobotany, 2001, n°10, pp.1-6.
  • Tracking the banana : its significance in Early Agriculture (with E. De Langhe), in C. Godsen and J.G. Hather, The Prehistory of Food, Routledge, 1999, pp.377-396.
  • The power of symbols and the symbols of power through time: Probing the Luba past, in S. Keech McIntosh (ed.), Beyond Chiefdoms. Pathways to Complexity in Africa, New Directions in Archaeology Series, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999, pp.151-165.
  • Re/Constructing Luba Past (with T.C. Childs), in M. Noter Roberts and A.F. Roberts (eds), Memory : Luba Art and the Making of History, Museum of African Arts, New-York, 1996, pp.49-59.
  • How Old is the Iron Age in Central Africa? (with G. Thiry) in P. Schmidt (ed.), The Culture and Technology of Iron Production in Africa, University Press of Florida, Gainesville, 1996, pp.29-39.
  • Pits, pots and the Far-West Streams, in J.E.G. Sutton (ed.), The Growth of Farming Communities in Africa from Equator Southwards, Azania XXIX-XXX, Nairobi, 1996, pp.318-323.

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