Born in 1955, in Provence (France).


Secondary education in Toulon (Var), 1966-1972. Baccalaureate in 1972.
Higher education at the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne. DUEL in 1974. History Degree in 1975.
Higher education at the University of Aix-Marseille I. Master's Degree in June 1978. Postgraduate Diploma in 1979.
Graduate Thesis at the University of Aix-Marseille I in 1983.
Doctoral Thesis at the University of Aix-Marseille I in 1999.

Professional career and administrative responsibilities

Contractual researcher at the Délégation Générale à la Recherche Scientifique et Technique (General Delegration for Scientific and Technical Research) (1978-1981)
Research Engineer at the Ministry of Culture (Regional Archaeology Department) and Director of the Var Archeological Center, 1983-1993.
Director of the Var Archeological Center in Toulon, 1979-2000.
First Class Researcher at the CNRS, Camille Jullian Center, 1993-2000.
Second Class Senior Researcher at the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) since 2001, First Class since 2009.
Director of the Jean Bérard Center in Naples (Italy), UMS 1797 then USR 3133, CNRS and Ecole française de Rome from 2000 to 2011
In charge of the "Southern Italy" archaeological mission at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2001-2011).
Director of the Artifex programme, funded by the ANR (French National Research Agency ) (2008-2010).
Professor at the Collège de France, Holder of the Chair in "Techniques and Economies in the Ancient Mediterranean" (Appointment announced on April 11, 2011 in the French Official Journal).


Langhe Ceretto Prize for best book about wine in Alba (Italy), with "Le Vin Romain antique" (2000).
CNRS Silver Medal, 2004.

Head of archaeological research

1975-1976: protohistoric and medieval habitat in Saint-Estève (Var).
1976-1979: Roman villa in La Garde (Var).
1979-1980: Ancient rural settlements in Taradeau (Var).
1984-1986: Roman villae in La Croix-Valmer and Cavalaire (Var).
1986-1993: Roman port of Toulon (Var).
1993-1999: Ancient sheepfolds in la Crau (Bouches-du-Rhône).
1993-1995: Roman villa in Rians (Var).
1995: perfumery in the Forum at Paestum (Italy)
1997: Hellenistic presses in Delos (Greece)
1997: Roman urban area in Pignans (Var).
1998: Massaliote inn near Fos-sur-mer (Bouches-du-Rhône).
1994-2010: collaboration in research of the Roman forts of El Zerqa, Al Mwayh, Bir Hammamat, Bir Seyala, Dawwi, Didymoi, Iovis, Xeron and Umm Balad (Egypt)
2000-2010: Greek city of Cumes (Italy): excavation of the iron-age necropolis, a Greek sanctuary, the Roman necropolis and Byzantine constructions.
2001-2010: programme about crafts in Southern Italy with excavations in Pompeii, Herculaneum and Saepinum. The programme, overseen by the Jean Bérard Center, brings together nine teams headed by researchers from the CNRS and the Ecole française de Rome who are working on tanneries, perfumeries, laundries, textile, basket weaving, plumbing, bread baking, paint and the production of cured fish.

Recent exhibition

Scientific curator for an exhibition titled "Le Vin, Nectar des Dieux, Génie des Hommes" at the Museum of Roman Civilisation, Lyon in 2004 (with M. Poux and A. Tchernia).