The Joseph Déchelette European Archaeology Prize

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The Joseph Déchelette European Archaeology Prize highlights the work of a young protohistorian archaeologist by supporting him or her in the period following the completion of their doctoral thesis.

A prize for young archaeologists

Le Prix européen d’archéologie Joseph Déchelette créé en 2016 vise à mettre en avant les travaux d’un jeune archéologue protohistorien, en le soutenant dans le moment qui suit l’achèvement de sa thèse de doctorat, un moment critique dans la carrière de tout chercheur.

Ce prix est articulé avec l’École européenne de Protohistoire de Bibracte dont les séminaires réunissent, chaque année, les doctorants en Protohistoire européenne.

Créé en 2016, le prix est porté par l’association Joseph-Déchelette. Bibracte en assure le secrétariat, aux côtés des partenaires suivants :
. le Ministère de la Culture
. la ville de Roanne / musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archéologie Joseph Déchelette
. le Römisch-germanisches Zentralmuseum (RGZM)
. le Laténium / parc et musée d’archéologie de l’Etat de Neuchâtel
. l’association pour les recherches sur l’âge du Bronze (APRAB)
. l’association française pour l’étude de l’âge du Fer (AFEAF)
. l’European Association of Archaeologists (EAA)
. le musée d’Archéologie nationale
. la Prehistoric Society
. la Société préhistorique française

Le jury du prix réunit des membres de ces institutions, sous la présidence d’Anne-Marie Adam, présidente du conseil scientifique de Bibracte.

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This prize is linked to the Bibracte European School of Protohistory, whose seminars bring together doctoral students in European Protohistory every year.

Created in 2016, the prize is supported by the Joseph-Déchelette Association. Bibracte provides the secretariat, alongside the following partners :
. the Ministry of Culture
. the town of Roanne / Joseph Déchelette Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeology
. the Römisch-germanisches Zentralmuseum (RGZM)
. the Laténium / park and museum of archaeology of the State of Neuchâtel
. the Association pour les recherches sur l'âge du Bronze (APRAB)
. the French Association for the Study of the Iron Age (AFEAF)
. the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA)
. the Musée d'Archéologie Nationale
. the Prehistoric Society
. the French Prehistoric Society

The jury for the prize is made up of members of these institutions, under the chairmanship of Anne-Marie Adam, president of the Bibracte scientific council.

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Marilou Nordez, PhD from the Jean Jaurès University in Toulouse

Marilou Nordez successfully defended her doctoral thesis in 2017 at the University of Toulouse Jean-Jaurès on L'âge du Bronze moyen atlantique au prisme de la parure : Recherches sur les ornements corporels de France et des régions voisines (XVe-XIVe s. av. notre ère), a thesis that has already been the subject of a monographic publication. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the Celtic Gold research programme co-financed by the French and German national research agencies, which enables her to open up her field of expertise to the Iron Age.


Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof, curator at the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden (Netherlands)

Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof, a Dutch-American scholar, obtained her doctorate at the Faculty of Archaeology of the University of Leiden, with a dissertation on the burials of the Early Iron Age elite of the Netherlands.

In addition to devoting her master's thesis and later her doctorate to the burials of the Early Iron Age elite in the Netherlands, Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof also initiated, co-organised and published an international seminar during her doctoral thesis on large-scale connections and interactions in the Early Iron Age. Both this seminar and his doctoral thesis demonstrated the value of a European perspective on these tombs in order to understand the large-scale contacts that existed among the elite during this period, which was crucial for the construction of European societies.

This period saw an unprecedented emergence of elites, who were buried with weapons, crockery and bronze chariots with cosmological significance - Joseph Déchelette was one of the first to describe and catalogue such objects in his Manuel d'Archéologie. These 'princely tombs' are mainly found in the so-called 'Hallstattian' culture of Central Europe (named after a site in the Austrian Alps), but burials with the same objects are also found in peripheral regions, with a particular concentration in the Netherlands, indicating direct contacts over hundreds of kilometres. After studying in detail the burials of elites in the territory of the present-day Netherlands and Belgium, Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof continues her research on this period by examining how these graves relate to those found in France, Germany and Austria, as well as to others further afield.



Eneko Hiriart, PhD from the University of Bordeaux-Montaigne

Since his childhood,Eneko Hiriart

has travelled through space and time on the pages of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and has been fascinated by the history of Antiquity, Mesopotamia, Egypt and numismatics. As a teenager, he took part in cultural outings thanks to local associations: "I visited heritage sites, castles and churches. In Rome, during a trip, I was fascinated by the Basilica of Saint Clement, whose remains invited me to discover fifteen centuries of history. Eneko therefore took a degree in History at the University of the Basque Country (Spain) and a master's degree in Archaeology at the University of Bordeaux-Montaigne (UBM). He participated in numerous archaeological excavations, in Paleolithic caves, Bronze Age and Iron Age sites. Benefiting from a doctoral contract and several grants, he completed his doctorate at the UBM and passed his thesis with flying colours. Courses, seminars, conferences and publications mark out his career.

"My thesis on Economic and monetary practices between the Ebro and the Charente (5th - 1st century BC) seeks to understand how the arrival of money gradually revolutionised the economy and society. My research is a continuation of that initiated by Joseph Déchelette who was the first to compare protohistoric sites on a European scale. In line with this scientific heritage, my focus is on an approach to the Celtic world as a whole," explains Eneko Hiriart.

After winning the prize, he joined the CNRS and works at the Bordeaux branch of the IRAMAT laboratory.