Human Origins Leiden

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Marie Soressi

Personal Information:

Position: Lecturer
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Phone or fax: +31(0)71 527 53
Location: Room A1.10
    mw. Dr. M.A. Soressi

mw. Dr. M.A. Soressi


I am fascinated by the fact that we are the only human species on the planet; meanwhile our genus was flourishing for approximately 99% of our evolutionary timeframe. My main interests focus on the question of the nature and relationship between biological modernity and behavioral modernity. What behavior, if any, contributed to the success of anatomically modern Humans in Europe 30,000 years ago? Which unique behavior, if any, contributed to the demise of the Neandertals and their ancestors who well-established themselves in Europe for more than 300, 000 years? My research produces new data and theorical framework by combining the excavation of major sites in Europe and the analysis of archaeological materials, especially stone-tools and pigments.

I am currently involved in two field projects located in France, which are my major non-preventive archaeology field projects. I am also involved in many other preventive archaeology projects in central France.
I am the principal investigator at Les Cottés, and I recently finished the first stage of an excavation program at Pech-de-l’Azé I. Also, in collaboration with J. Jaubert, J.-J. Hublin and S. McPherron, we recently finished four years of excavation at Jonzac.


Main excavations


  • Heyes PJ, Anastasakis K, De Jong W, Van Hoesel A, Roebroeks W, Soressi M. 2016. Selection and Use of Manganese Dioxide by Neanderthals. Scientific Reports. 6(22159). [More]