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Dr Kevin Salesse

Key Research Interests

•   Stable isotope investigation

•    Funerary Archaeology
•    Osteobiography
•    Digital Archaelogy
•    Diet and mobility studies



MSc Biological Anthropology 2010     

PhD Biological Anthropology, 2015, Université de Bordeaux, France

Dr Kevin Salesse is a French multidisciplinary researcher with expertise in bioanthropology (biological profile, health conditions, biological affinities, etc.), isotopic biogeochemistry (δ13C, δ15N, δ18O δ34S, 86Sr/87Sr; bulk and compound specific analysis), and digital humanities (Big Data initiative, web-mapping, relational database, etc.).


Dr Salesse received a PhD in Biological Anthropology in 2015 at the University of Bordeaux, with sojourns at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris and the École Nationale Supérieure in Lyon (France). He pursued his research as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of South Florida in Tampa (USA) in 2016 and then as a visitor scholar at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 2017/2018. In parallel, he acted as a scientific officer specialised in archaeology and history at the European Research Council (European Commission) from March 2017 to May 2018. Alongside his study and academic career, he was involved in various fieldwork activities (surveys, excavations, and anthropological studies) in France, Italy, Poland and the USA. 


His main research interests concentrate on reconstructing the past human life ways (osteobiography, palaeodietary, and palaeomobility) and past mortuary practices (cremations), especially from the Graeco-Roman world. In addition, he is the project director and designer of IsoArcH (;, an open-access and cooperative isotope web database for bioarchaeological samples (humans, animals, plants, and organic residues; >10,000 specimens) of Europe and the Mediterranean area dating from the protohistorical and historical periods. He is also the principal investigator of an anthropological Franco-Czech project focusing on the potential isotopic effects of disorders and lesions on human bones from the clinically documented anatomical-pathological collection Jedlička (19th-20th c. AD) curated in the National Museum of Prague.

Main Publications

Salesse K., Fernandes R., de Rochefort X., Bružek J., Castex D., Dufour É., 2018. An open-access and collaborative isotope database for bioarchaeological samples from the Graeco-Roman world and its margins, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, in press

Salesse K., Dufour E., Lebon M., Wurster C., Castex D., Bruzek J., Zazzo A., 2014. Variability of bone preservation in a confined environment: The case of the catacomb of Sts Peter and Marcellinus (Rome, Italy), Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 416, 43-54.

Salesse K., Dufour É., Castex D., Velemínský P., Santos F., Kucharová H., Jun L., Bružek J., 2013. Life history of the individuals buried in the St. Benedict cemetery (Prague, 15th-18th Centuries): Insights from 14C dating and stable isotope (δ13C, δ15N, δ18O) analysis, American Journal of Physical Anthropology 151, 202-214.

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