Véronique Zech-Matterne

vroVéronique Zech-Matterne is archaeobotanist, “chargée de recherche” at the CNRS, Dr in archaeology and environment (university of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne), HDR (Rennes I). She works in the Archéozoologie-Archéobotanique, sociétés, pratiques, environnements research unit (UMR 7209 CNRS/MNHN/SU), in the National Museum for Natural History, Paris.

Based on a set of 275 archaeobotanical studies of her own, her research program concerns the evolution of crop husbandry systems in northern Gaul, between the Late Bronze Age and the end of the Roman period (1350 BC-500 AD), as well as changes in synanthropic vegetation (arable weeds and ruderals) in regard with agricultural practices.

Other topics of interest are the societal and social aspects associated with food preparation, consumption, storage and supply, and the use of plants in craft production (textile and dye products). She also gives attention to plant remains associated with funerary and worship contexts, in Italy (Pompeii) and France.

Regarding her contribution to PLANTCULT, she was in charge of a one-year project, PANEXPLORE, funded by the CNRS-INEE institute (PEPS blanc 2016), through which X-RAY computer tomography and SEM were used to identify the plant components of archaeological flat-breads, breads and loaves as well as to investigate their structural patterns.

Project Partners

Hans-Peter Stika

Hans-Peter Stika

Assistant Lecturer of Archaeobotany, University of Hohenheim Read More
Stefi Jacomet

Stefi Jacomet

Professor of Archaeobotany, Basel University Read More
Andreas Heiss

Andreas Heiss

Scientific collaborator, Austrian Archaeological Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences Read More
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  • PlantFoods


    The project will examine an impressive body of actual food remains and will generate a solid methodological tool for ancient
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  • Grinding Tools & Cooking Facilities

    Grinding Tools & Cooking Facilities

    The project will address variability and change of food preparation technologies, by assembling information on grinding stone tools, cooking facilities
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  • Ethnography & Ancient texts

    Ethnography & Ancient texts

    Ethnographic fieldwork will offer insights into traditional ways of transforming plants into food, daily meals as well as food for
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  • Experimentation


    The Project will experiment with processing and cooking different plant species, generating different kinds of recipes and end-products.
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