Martin Franks

Dr Marine Frouin

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Luminescence dating

Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Rd, Oxford, OX1 3QY

Tel: +44 (0)1865 285203

Fax: +44 (0)1865 285220


Research interests 

  • Multi-method luminescence dating of archaeological sites (OSL/IRSL, TL) using different materials (quartz, feldspar, burnt flint).
  • Development of Radiofluorescence (IR-RF) dating method on K-feldspar.
  • Fundamental research in luminescence dating of quartz (VSL, TT-OSL).
  • Chronology of Pleistocene human groups: cultures, evolutions and dynamics in Eurasia.
  • Chronology of the early human dispersals into the Americas.

Current position

  • Since 2014: Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Luminescence dating. European Research Council funded grant awarded to Prof T. Higham. PalaeoChron project: Chronological mapping of the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic of Eurasia. 


  • 2011-2014: PhD in Physics of Archaeomaterials, Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France. Thesis: Using feldspars for luminescence dating of archaeological sites of Aquitaine and quaternary sequences.
  • 2010-2011: MSc in Archaeometry, Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France. Thesis: The dating of Feldspars: hopes and controversies.
  • 2008-2010: MSc in Earth, Universe and Environmental sciences, Université de Poitiers, France. Thesis: Characterisation of clay minerals of karstic deposits during the transition Neanderthal- modern Human in Poitou-Charentes.
  • 2005-2008: BSc in Geology, Université de Poitiers, France, Thesis: Characterisation of clay minerals in the prehistoric site of Shi'Bat Dihya (Pleistocene, Yemen). Contribution to the reconstruction of the palaeoenvironment. 


Frouin, M., Huot, S., Kreutzer, S., Lahaye, C., Lamothe, M., Philippe, A., Mercier, N. (2017) An improved radiofluorescence single-aliquot regenerative dose protocol for K-feldspars. Quaternary Geochronology, 38: 13-24.

Pleurdeau, D., Moncel, M.-H., Pinhasi, R., Yeshurun, R., Higham, T., Agapishvili, T., Bokeria, M., Muskhelishvili, A., Le Bourdonnec, F.-X., Nomade, S., Poupeau, G., Bocherens, H., Frouin, M., Genty, D., Pierre, M., Pons-Branchu, E., Lordkipanidze, D., Tushabramishvili, N. (2016) Bondi Cave and the Middle-Upper Palaeolithic transition in western Georgia (south Caucasus) – Quaternary Science Reviews, 146: 77-98.

Guérin, G., Frouin, M., Tuquoi, J., Thomsen, K. J., Goldberg, P., Aldeias, V., Lahaye, C., Mercier, N., Guibert, P., Jain, M., Sandgathe, D., McPherron, S.J.P., Turq, A., Dibble, H.L. (2016) The complementarity of luminescence dating methods illustrated on the Mousterian sequence of the Roc de Marsal: A series of reindeer-dominated, Quina Mousterian layers dated to MIS 3. Quaternary International. In press.

Frouin, M., Huot, S., Mercier, N., Lahaye, C., Lamothe, M. (2015) The issue of laboratory bleaching in the infrared-radiofluorescence dating method – Radiation Measurements, 81: 212-217.

Huot, S., Frouin, M., Lamothe, M. (2015) Evidence of shallow TL peak contributions in infrared radiofluorescence, Radiation Measurements, 81: 237-241.

Lahaye, C., Guérin, G., Boëda, E., Fontugne, M., Hatté, C., Frouin, M., Clemente-Conte, I., Quivira, M.P, D Felice, G., Guidon, N., Lourdeau, A., Pagli, M., Pessis, A.M., Da Costa, A. (2015) New insights into a late-Pleistocene human occupation in America: the Vale da Pedra Furada complete chronological study – Quaternary Geochronology, 30:445-451.

Guérin, G., Frouin, M., Aldejas, V., Bruxelles, L., Chiotti, L., Dibble, H.L., Goldberg, P., Hublin, J-J., Jain, M., Lahaye, C., Madelaine, S., Maureille, B., McPherrin, S.J.P., Mercier, N., Murray, A.S., Sandgathe, D., Steele, T.E., Thomsen, K.J., Turq, A. (2015) A multi-method luminescence dating of the Palaeolithic sequence of La Ferrassie based on new excavations adjacent to the La Ferrassie 1 and 2 skeletons. Journal of Archaeological Science, 58: 147-166.

Frouin, M., Lahaye, C., Hernandez, M., Mercier, N., Guibert, P., Brenet, M., Folgados-Lopez, M., Bertran, P. (2014) Chronology of the Middle Palaeolithic open-air site of Combe Brune 2 (Dordogne, France): a multi luminescence dating approach – Journal of Archaeological Science, 52: 524-534.

Bertran, P., Frouin, M., Mercier, N., Naessens, F., Prodeo, F., Queffelec A., Sirieix C., Sitzia, L. (2013) Architecture of the lower terraces and evolution of the Dordogne River at Bergerac (south-west France) during the last glacial–interglacial cycle. Journal of Quaternary Sciences, 28: 605–616.

Frouin M., Ploquin F., Soressi M., Rendu W., Macchiarelli R., El Albani A., Meunier A. (2013) Clay minerals of late Pleistocene sites (Jonzac and Les Cottés, SW France): Applications of X-ray diffraction analyses to local paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental reconstructions. Quaternary International, 302: 184-198.

Sitzia, L., Bertran, P., Boulogne, S., Brenet, M., Crassard, R., Delagnes, A., Frouin, M., Hatté, C., Jaubert, J., Khalidi, L., Messager, E., Mercier, N., Meunier, A., Peigné, S., Queffelec, A., Tribolo, C. and Macchiarelli, R. (2012) The Paleoenvironment and Lithic Taphonomy of Shi’Bat Dihya 1, a Middle Paleolithic Site in Wadi Surdud, Yemen. Geoarchaeology, 27: 471–491.

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