Valentine Roux

Domaine de recherche

My researches focus on the evolutionary modalities of techniques using anthropological invariants, also called regularities. These invariants are defined as the conditions for the actualization of recurrent phenomena, including evolutionary phenomena such as stability, innovation and diffusion. I study them on the one hand in an actualist environment, in India, and on the other hand in archaeology, mainly in the Near East (Israel, Jordan). This back and forth between actualist and archaeological studies is particularly fruitful for highlighting invariants and understanding major technical changes such as the adoption of ceramics or the potter’s wheel. In archaeology, the study of these changes is done on a macro-regional scale through a technological analysis of the ceramic assemblages that allows their interpretation in sociological terms.

In addition, I am conducting research on the modes of scientific publishing and the constitution of knowledge bases through the Arkeotek journal (

Domaine d'enseignement

Technologie céramique

Programmes de recherche

Bibliographie sélective

  • Roux V. 2020. Chaîne Opératoire, technological networks and sociological interpretations. Cuadernos de Prehistoria y Arqueología de la Universidad de Granada 30, special issue "Social ceramics: Anthropological approaches to technology in Archeology", p.15-34.
  • Roux V. (coll. M.-A. Courty), 2019. Ceramics and Society. A technological Approach to Archaeological Assemblages. Springer Nature. Traduction anglaise de Roux V. (coll. M.-A. Courty), 2016 (2017, 2nd édition). Des Céramiques et des Hommes. Décoder les assemblages archéologiques. Presses Universitaires de Paris Ouest, Nanterre.
  • Roux, V. 2019. Modelling the relational structure of societies through the chaîne opératoire. The Late Chalcolithic of southern Levant as a case study. In M. Saqalli & M. Vander Linden (Eds.), Integrating Qualitative and Social Science Factors in Archaeological Modelling. New York: Springer International Publishing, p. 163-184.
  • Roux, V. & Manzo G. (eds.), 2018. Social Boundaries and Networks in the Diffusion of Innovations. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, vol. 25 (4) (Special Issue).
  • Roux V., B. Bril, J. Cauliez, A.-L. Goujon, C. Lara, Cl. Manen, G. de Saulieu, E. Zangato 2017. Persisting Technological Boundaries: Social Interactions, Cognitive Correlations and Polarization. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 48, 320–335.