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 multi analytical approaches (e.g. FTIR, SEM, XRF, XRD, SFE, GC/MS, HPLC/DAD). One of my research priorities is improving the sample preparation for compound specific radiocarbon analyses.

Research Interests

  • Development of an alternative sample purification procedure using chromtaography techniques for compound specific radiocarbon analyses of archaeological bones (focusing on low collagen and contaminated samples).
  • Research on the extraction and characterisation of residues preserved in ceramic and metal containers 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

  • "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, 2016-2018). []
  • 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). []


Current DPhil Students

  • Yushen He – The identification of natural organic components in the construction materials of ancient sites in China (2016-2019)
  • Luciana Carvalho – Identification of organic residues in corrosion layer of archaeological metal objects (2015-2018)
  • Eileen Jacob – Radiocarbon dating Late Pleistocene megafauna responses to humans and climate change (2015-2018)


External collaborations



Jacob E, Querci D, Caparros M, Barroso Ruiz C, Higham T and Devièse T (2018). "Nitrogen content variation in archaeological bone and its implications for stable isotope analysis and radiocarbon dating." Journal of Archaeological Science 93:68–73.

Deviese T, Van Ham-Meert A, Hare V, Lundy J, Hommel P, Ivanovich Bazaliiskii V and Orton J (2018). "Supercritical fluids for higher extraction yields of lipids from archaeological ceramics." Analytical Chemistry 90(4):2420–2424.

Deviese T, Comeskey D, McCullagh J, Bronk Ramsey C and Higham T (2018). "New protocol for compound specific radiocarbon analysis of archaeological bones." Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 32:373–379.

Reynolds N, Dinnis R, Bessudnov A, Deviese T and Higham T (2017). "The Kostënki 18 child burial and the cultural and funerary landscape of Mid Upper Palaeolithic European Russia." Antiquity 91(360):1435-1450.

Sikora M, Seguin-Orlando A, Sousa VC, Albrechtsen A, Korneliussen T, Ko A, Rasmussen S, Dupanloup I, Nigst PR, Bosch MD, Renaud G, Allentoft ME, Margaryan A, Vasilyev SV, Veselovskaya EV, Borutskaya SB, Deviese T, Comeskey D, Higham T, Manica A, Foley R, Meltzer DJ, Nielsen R, Excoffier L, Lahr MM, Orlando L and Willerslev E (2017). "Ancient genomes show social and reproductive behavior of early Upper Paleolithic foragers." Science 358(6363):659-662.

Devièse T, Karavanić I, Comeskey D, Kubiak C, Korlević P, Hajdinjak M, Radović S, Procopio N, Buckley M, Pääbo S and Higham T (2017). "Direct dating of Neanderthal remains from the site of Vindija Cave and implications for the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114(40):10606-10611.

Devièse T, Ribechini E, Castex D, Stuart B, Regert M and Colombini MP (2017). "A multi-analytical approach using FTIR, GC/MS and Py-GC/MS revealed early evidence of embalming practices in Roman catacombs." Microchemical Journal 133:49-59.

Cameron J, Devièse T and Green F (2017). "Scientific analysis of a preserved head of hair at Romsey Abbey, UK." Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 13:265-271.

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 and Comeskey DJ (2017). "A new Aurignacian engraving from Abri Blanchard, France: Implications for understanding Aurignacian graphic expression in Western and Central Europe." Quaternary International 10.1016/j.quaint.2016.09.063.

Wong SS, Johnston M, Draycott J, Betts J and Deviese T (2016). "Sexual Health Week – Hogarth’s Marriage a-la-Mode No. 3 (The Inspection)" Pharmaceutical Journal 297(7893):159.

Regert M, Salque M, Devièse T and Le Hô A (2015). Les résines végétales de type copal et encens : caractérisation, exploitation et circuits commerciaux. Sharma, un entrepôt de commerce médiéval sur la côte du Hadramawt (Yémen, ca 980-1180). A. Rougeulle, Archaeopress Ed: 395-416.

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

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

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

Devièse T, Ribechini E, Baraldi P, Farago-Szekeres B, Duday H, Regert M and Colombini M (2011). "First chemical evidence of royal purple as a material used for funeral treatment discovered in a Gallo–Roman burial (Naintré, France, third century AD)." Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 401(6):1739-1748.

Colombini MP, Modugno F, Gamberini MC, Rocchi M, Baraldi C, Deviese T, Stacey RJ, Orlandi M, Saliu F, Riedo C, Chiantore O, Sciutto G, Catelli E, Brambilla L, Toniolo L, Miliani C, Rocchi P, Bleton J, Baumer U, Dietemann P, Pojana G and Marras S (2011). "A round robin exercise in archaeometry: analysis of a blind sample reproducing a seventeenth century pharmaceutical ointment." Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 401(6):1847-1860.

Ribechini E, Bacchiocchi M, Devièse T and Colombini MP (2011). "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 91:219-223.

Devièse T, Colombini M, Regert M, Stuart B and Guerbois J (2010). "TGMS analysis of archaeological bone from burials of the late Roman period." Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 99(3):811-813.

Devièse T, Vanhove C, Chapoulie R, Blanchard P, Colombini M, Regert M and Castex D (2010). 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.); In [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.] 115-140.

Simpson StJ, Ambers J, Verri G, Devièse T and Kirby J (2010) 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, the British Museum and UCL, London. Harrassowitz Verlag Wiesbaden], 2:209-220.

Verri G, Opper T and Devièse T (2010). "The ‘Treu Head’: a case study in Roman sculptural polychromy." The British Museum Technical Research Bulletin 4:39-52.

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

Regert M, Devièse T, Le Ho A-S and Rougeulle A (2008). "Reconstructing ancient Yemeni commercial routes during the Middle-Ages using structural characterisation of terpenoid resins." Archaeometry 50(4):668-695.

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

Pigeaud R, Hinguant S, Rodet J, Mélard N, Bénard A, Devièse T, Dufayet C, Heimlich G, Martin L, Trelohan E, Betton JP, Bonic P (2007) 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).

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


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