Cluster of excellence LaScArBx

Objective: studying the relationship between man and his surroundings from Prehistory to the end of the Middle Ages.

Under the leadership of Valérie Fromentin, Anne Delagnes, Rémy Chapoulie, Jérôme France and Nathalie Fourment.


The research topic of LaScArBx – "The use of the world by ancient societies: space appropriation processes and forms over the long term" – is centered on the notion of "man-made space". The life of past societies is examined from three angles - biological, environmental and cultural - on the scale of several millennia (from Prehistory to sub-contemporary periods).

This study examines the interactions between Mankind and its environment and covers three focuses:

  • Settlements and territories
  • Exploiting, innovating, exchanging
  • Expressions of symbols and the spaces of memory

Study programs

The teams are backed by several Master's programs in Archeology, with a diversity of periods and disciplines which is unprecedented in France and even in Europe. Partnerships with potential employers and the participation of archeology players in the study programs promote the professional integration of young graduates.

Dissemination of knowledge

The research teams strive to disseminate scientific knowledge within society at large, especially within young audiences. To this effect, the Cluster especially relies on the Archéopôle d’Aquitaine – an interpretation and exhibition space – as well as Ausonius publications.

LaScArBx is also engaged in several operations to enhance the heritage value of Aquitaine tourist sites (Bordeaux, Saint- Emilion area, prehistoric sites of the Vézère valley between Montignac and Le Bugue) which play a major role in the regional economy and provide a direct source of income for a large number of shops and SMEs.


Cluster Sciences Archéologiques de Bordeaux

Maison de l’Archéologie

Université Bordeaux Montaigne

8, Esplanade des Antilles

33607 Pessac cedex

Tel : 05 57 12 15 21


29 projects  179 researchers involved 78 publications citing LabEx
47 international academic collaborations over €7M in public/private co-financing 2 IUF nominations and 2 CNRS medals

Laetitia Borau© LaScArBx

After completing a PhD in Roman archeology presented at the Sorbonne, I did post-doctoral work at the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid then obtained a junior chair at LaScArBx. In 2016, I joined the CNRS as a research officer. Bordeaux was a natural choice as host laboratory, both for the research dynamic offered by the Labex and for the AUSONIUS Institute’s long tradition of studying the Iberian Peninsula. Specialised in Roman hydraulics in France and Spain, my work deals with water management during Antiquity. By studying a wide variety of structures (aqueducts, fountains, drains, etc.), my research gives a new reading of ancient towns and regions and contributes to a better understanding of the technical history of the western Roman Empire. I use a multidisciplinary approach to archeological research and my work is also based on international collaboration, particularly in terms of prospection and digs in France and Spain.

Laëtitia Borau, researcher recruited to a junior LabEx chair, assigned to Ausonius

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Archeology at the University of Bordeaux: 1st in France and 16th in the world

At the beginning of 2017, the University of Bordeaux was ranked first in France and 16th in the world (3rd in France and 43rd in the world in 2016) in the field of archeology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017. This ranking, based on academic recognition, the reputation of the employer and the impact of its research, testifies to the relevance and quality of the University of Bordeaux’s “excellence research program” in archeological sciences, run in close collaboration with the University of Bordeaux Montaigne through the LaScArBx. It may be explained by the diversity of research fields, structured around three themes: settlements and territories; exploitation, innovation, exchange; expressions of the symbolic and spaces of memory. The high ranking may also be explained by the concentration of cutting-edge equipment: a paleogenetics technological platform; equipment for dating and analysis of archeological materials; a 3D technological platform dedicated to virtual reality.