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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

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

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

He is a member of the Belgian Royal Academy and along with many other academic and scientific associations, holds Honorary Degrees from the Universities of Lubumbashi, Montreal, La Republica (Santiago-Chile), Lyon II, Tubingen and Chisinau.

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

Research Interests

  • 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.

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