2024 Gaaf Meeting – The Invisible in the Grave

From Tuesday 28 May to Thursday 30 May 2024

Registration is now open on HelloAsso.


The aim of the 15th Meeting of the Gaaf is to explore the invisible in funerary contexts.

The presentations will show how archaeology can make visible what is no longer visible in the grave, by giving the floor to various specialists in biological anthropology, malacology, carpology, micromorphology or textile research. And because collaboration is a key part of the archaeology discipline, this conference will hilight the benefits of the dialogue that has been taken place over the last few years between archaeology and archaeosciences around the excavation and the study of ancient graves.

The 2024 Gaaf meeting will take place from the 28th to the 30th of May, in Châlons-en-Champagne. In addition to speakers from the fields of archaeology, digital archaeology and archaeoscience, historians, jurists and ethnologists have been invited to talk about a topic that crosses territories, places, chronologies and time scales. It is now a well-established tradition of the Gaaf to open its Meetings to contributors with different profiles, whether experienced researchers or beginners, but all of whom contribute to the development of funerary archaeology.

The conference will be organised around four themes that will explore and discuss the “archaeological invisble”


I – The corpse and its materiality

II – The architectural elements used to build the grave

III – The organic material placed in the grave

IV – And when ‘the archaeological invisible’ becomes visible


Two social events are organised:

  • 28 May at 18:00, Champagne tasting (Mess des Entrepreneurs) in Châlons-en-Champagne
  • 29 May at 19:00, dinner at the Epernay museum (35 km from Châlons-en-Champagne)

Venue: auditorium Fernand Pelloutier (1 place de Verdun, Chälons-en-Champagne).

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Organizing committee Stéphanie Desbrosse-Degobertière (Inrap, UMR 6273)Cécile Paresys (Inrap, UMR 7264)Isabelle Richard (Inrap, UMR 7264)Isabelle Le Goff (Inrap, UMR 7206)

Scientific committee Elisabeth Anstett (CNRS, UMR 7268)Yann Ardagna (Aix-Marseille Université, UMR 7268),Gautier Basset (SRA, UMR 5199)Mathilde Bolou (Antea Archéologie)Gaëlle Clavandier (Université Jean Monnet Saint Etienne, UMR 6872)Sylvie Coubray (Inrap, UMR 7209)Geneviève Daoulas (Inrap, UMR 7209)Stéphanie Desbrosse-Degobertière (Inrap, UMR 6273)Kai Fechner (Inrap, UMR 7041)Nicolas Garnier (indépendant, UMR 8546 et 8009)Sacha Kacki (CNRS, UMR 5199)Pauline Kirgis (Université de Bordeaux, UMR 5199)Isabelle Le Goff (Inrap, UMR 7206)Sophie Martin (Inrap, UMR 5140)Fabienne Médard (Anatex, UMR 5138)Théophane Nicolas (Inrap, UMR 8215)Cécile Paresys (Inrap, UMR 7264)Amélie Pélissier (Archéologie Alsace)Elodie Reboul (Metz Métropole)Isabelle Richard (Inrap, UMR 7264)Aurore Schmitt (CNRS, UMR 7268)Pascal Verdin (Inrap, UMR 7264)Julia Wattez (Inrap, UMR 5140)