Thibaut Deviese

Dr Thibaut Deviese

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

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


I joined the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art in April 2014. My work is mainly focused on the development of new methods for the extraction, characterisation and/or purification of organic materials from different archaeological matrix using chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques. One of my research priorities is improving the sample preparation for radiocarbon dating of archaeological bones.

Research Interests

  • Development of an alternative sample purification procedure using HPLC for radicarbon dating of archaeological bones (focusing on low collagen and contaminated samples).
  • Research on the extraction and characterisation of organic materials from different archaeological matrix (e.g. ceramics and textiles) using chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques.
  • Study of organic residues on stone tools by GC/MS.
  • Study of natural organic colorants (dyes and pigments) in archaeological and ethnographic textiles using HPLC-DAD.

Current Projects

  • PalaeoChron Project "Precision dating of the Palaeolithic, chronological mapping of the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic of Eurasia" funded by an European Research Council Advanced Grant (Postdoctoral researcher, 2013-2018). -
  • "From natural resources to packaging, an interdisciplinary study of skincare products over time" funded by the AHRC. This project is in collaboration with Dr Szu Shen Wong from Keele University and Dr Jayne Draycott from Glasgow University (Principtal Investigator, 2016-2017). More info on
  • "Reconstrucción de las técnicas tintóreas precolombinas, en base a productos naturales, para su preservación, revalorización y uso en la artesanía e industria textil contemporánea" at the Cayetano Heredia Universidad in Lima, Peru (scientific advisor, 2014 - 2015)


Refereed articles:

Reynolds N, Dinnis R, Bessudnov A.A., Devièse T, Higham T The Kostënki 18 child burial and the cultural and funerary landscape of Mid Upper Palaeolithic European Russia, accepted for publication in Antiquity.

Bourrillon R, White R, Tartar E, Chiotti L, Mensan R, Clark A, Castel JC, Cretin C, Higham T, Morala A, Ranlett S, Sisk M, Devièse T, Comeskey D A new discovery of Aurignacian art at Abri Blanchard (Dordogne): implications for understanding Aurignacian graphic expression in Western and Central Europe. Quaternary International, 2017. In press

Price K, Higgitt C, Devièse T, McEwan C, Sillar B Tools for Eternity: Pre-Columbian workbaskets as textile production toolkits and grave offerings.Technical Research Bulletin, The British Museum, 2015. 9, pp 65-86.

Daniels V, Devièse T, Hacke M, Higgitt C Technological insights into madder pigment production in antiquity.Technical Research Bulletin, The British Museum, 2014. 8, pp 13-28.

Pluton-Kliesch S, Devièse T, Kliesch F, Leconte L, Moulherat C, Pilon F, Yvinec JH Un cercueil antique en plomb découvert à Évreux (Eure) : Etude pluridisciplinaire. Gallia, 2013. 70(2), pp 323-340.

Devièse T, Ribechini E, Baraldi P, Farago B, Duday H, Regert M, Colombini MP First chemical evidence of Royal purple as a material used for funeral treatment discovered in a Gallo-Roman burial (Naintré, France, the third century AD).Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, special issue “Analytical Chemistry to Illuminate the Past” 2011. 401(6), pp 1739-1748.

Colombini MP, Modugno F, Gamberini MC, Rocchi M, Baraldi P, Devièse T, Stacey R, Orlandi M, Saliu F, Riedo C, Chiantore O, Mazzeo R, Brambilla L, Toniolo L, Miliani C, Bleton J, Baumer U, Marras S A round robin exercise in archaeometry: analysis of a blind sample reproducing a XVII century pharmaceutical ointment.Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, special issue “Analytical Chemistry to Illuminate the Past” 2011. 401(6), pp 1847-1860.

Ribechini E, Bacchiocchi M, Devièse T and Colombini MP Analytical pyrolysis with in situ thermally assisted derivatisation, Py(HMDS)-GC/MS, for the chemical characterization of archaeological birch bark tar.Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 2011, 91(1), pp 219-223.

Devièse T, Colombini MP, Regert M, Stuart B, Guerbois JP TG-MS analysis of archaeological bone from burials of the late Roman period.Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 2010. 99(3), pp 811-813.

Verri G, Opper T and Devièse T The ‘Treu Head’: a case study in Roman sculptural polychromy.Technical Research Bulletin, The British Museum, 2010. 4, pp 39-54.

Regert M, Devièse T, Le Hô AS, Rougeulle A Reconstructing ancient Yemeni commercial routes during the Middle Ages using structural characterization of terpenoid resins.Archaeometry, 2008. 50(4), pp 668-695.

Regert M, Devièse T, Le Hô AS, Rougeulle A Copal ou encens? Vers une meilleure compréhension des routes commerciales des résines au Yémen pendant la période médiévale.Technè hors série, 2008. pp 144-145.

Pigeaud R, Rodet J, Devièse T, Dufayet C, Trelohan-Chauve E, Betton JP, Bonic P Palaeolithic cave art in West France: an exceptional discovery: the Margot Cave (Mayenne).Antiquity, 2006, 80(309).


Contributions to symposia and compiled volumes:

Regert M, Salque M, Devièse T, Le Hô AS Les résines végétales de type copal et encens : caractérisation, exploitation et circuits commerciaux; dans l’ouvrage [Rougeullen A. Sharma, un entrepôt de commerce médiéval sur la côte du Hadramawt (Yémen, ca 980-1180), Archaeopress Ed], 2015. pp 395-416.

Farago-Szekeres Bernard, Duday Henri Rapport final d'opération de fouille archéologique « Les Dames de Naintré », Inrap, 2013. pp 211-232.

Simpson StJ, Ambers J, Verri G, Devièse T, Kirby J Painted Parthian Stuccoes from Southern Iraq; In [Matthews R & Curtis J (eds.) Proceedings of the 7th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, 2010, the British Museum and UCL, London. Harrassowitz Verlag Wiesbaden], 2012. pp 209-220.

Devièse T, Vanhove C, Chapoulie R, Blanchard P, Colombini MP, Regert M, Castex D Détermination et fonction des substances organiques et des matières minérales exploitées dans les rites funéraires de la catacombe des Saints Pierre-et-Marcellin à Rome (Ier-IIe s.); dans l’ouvrage [Cartron I, Castex D, Charageat M, Georges P, Vivas M (eds.) De corps en corps : traitement et devenir du cadavre. Actes des séminaires de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme d’Aquitaine 2007-2008. Bordeaux : MSHA Ed.], 2010. pp 115-140.

Rocchi M, Ribechini E, Deviese T, Colombini MP Gas chromatographic and mass spectrometric characterisation of European fossil resins; In [Kosmowska-Ceranowicz B., Gierlowski W. (Eds) Proceedings of the 16th Amberif Seminar, 2009, Gdansk -Warsaw], 2009, pp 47-50.

Pluton-Kliesch Sylvie Rapport final d'opération de fouille archéologique Evreux (27) La nécropole antique du Clos au Duc, Inrap, 2009. pp 304-305.

Ott Mathieu, Pacin Sébastien Rapport final d'opération de fouille archèologique code insee 34145 commune Mas de Fourques II, à Lunel (Hérault) - Annexe 8: "rapport d'analyes organiques du contenu du bassin et du dolium du chai", pp 139-144.

Giuliani Raffaella, Castex Dominique, Blanchard Philippe, Coquerelle Michael La scoperta di un nuovo santuario nella catacomba dei ss. Marcellino e Pietro e lo scavo anthropologico degli insiemi funerari annessi. Risultati preliminari di un indagine multidisciplinare, Estratto dai Rendiconti della Pontificia Accademia Romana di Archeologia, Vol LXXIX.

Pigeaud R, Hinguant S, Rodet J, Mélard N, Bénard A, Devièse T, Dufayet C, Heimlich G, Martin L, Trelohan E, Betton JP, Bonic P The Margot Cave (Mayenne): a new Palaeolithic sanctuary in Western France. Proceedings of the 15th Congress of the International Union of Pre and Protohistory Sciences, Lisbon (Spain), September 2007.


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