Jean-Denis Vigne

Academic interestsPicture_JDV-100x150

  • Improving archaeozoological practice and techniques
  • Integrating archaeozoological results across both the life sciences and human sciences
  • Last hunter-gatherers and first farmers; animal domestication and commensalism
  • Neolithic and Bronze Age herders in the Mediterranean, Central Asia, Northern China, and insular areas

Role in the project

Jean-Denis is a world-leading archaeozoologist who specialises in the development and application of morphometric approaches and mixture analyses to determine sex ratios and ages at death. This provides information about the techniques and strategies of the management of domesticates, and as a NeoMilk Senior Researcher he contributes to Theme 2 (Domesticated animals in the LBK).

Selected publications

Vigne, J.-D., Briois, F., Zazzo, A., Willcox, G., Cucchi, T., Thiébault, S., Carrère, I., Franel, Y., Touquet, R., Martin, C., Moreau, C., Comby, C. and Guilaine, J., 2012. First wave of cultivators spread to Cyprus at least 10,600 y ago. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109(22): 8445-8449.

Bollongino, R., Burger, J., Powell, A., Mashkour, M., Vigne, J.-D. and Thomas, M. G., 2012. Modern taurine cattle descended from small number of Near-Eastern founders. Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Vigne, J.-D., Carrère, I., Briois, F. and Guilaine, J., 2011. The early process of mammal domestication in the Near East: new evidence from the pre-Neolithic and pre-Pottery Neolithic in Cyprus. Current Anthropology 52(S4): S255-S271.

Vigne, J.-D. and Helmer, D., 2007. Was milk a “secondary product” in the Old World Neolithisation process? Its role in the domestication of cattle, sheep and goats. Anthropozoologica 42(2): 9-40.

Larson, G., Albarella, U., Dobney, K., Rowley-Conwy, P., Schibler, J., Tresset, A., Vigne, J.-D., Edwards, C. J., Schlumbaum, A., Dinu, A., Balaçsescu, A., Dolman, G., Tagliacozzo, A., Manaseryan, N., Miracle, P., Van Wijngaarden-Bakker, L., Masseti, M., Bradley, D. G. and Cooper, A., 2007. Ancient DNA, pig domestication, and the spread of the Neolithic into Europe. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104(39): 15276-15281.

Balasse, M., Tresset, A., Bocherens, H., Mariotti, A. and Vigne, J.-D., 2000. Un abattage “post-lactation” sur des bovins domestiques néolithiques. Etude isotopique des restes osseux du site de Bercy (Paris, France). Gestion démographique des animaux à travers le temps, Colloque internatinal de Turin, 16-18 septembre 1998, Ibex 5; Anthropozoologica 31: 39-48.

A full list of publications can be accessed here.