Emilie Dotte


  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Emilie studied History, Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology at the Universities of Montpellier (Paul Valery), of Minnesota and of the Sorbonne (Paris I), before completing a double cotutelle PhD in Prehistory from the Sorbonne and the ANU. Her PhD thesis focused on New Caledonia precolonial archaeology and the application of archaeobotany in the region. 

After completing her PhD, Emilie worked at the University of Western Australia in Archaeology as a research associate, building on her research interest about the relationships between people and forests in Australia and the Pacific. This has led to a number of archaeobotany projects in the region, including through international collaborations and students supervision. 

In 2015, she joined the ANU as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow within Prof. Matthew Spriggs's ARC Laureate Project "The Collective Biography of Archaeology in the Pacific - a Hidden History", where was part of team developping a new field of studies investigating the Historiography of Archaeology in the region. She focused on the history of francophone archaeology in the region: Pour une Histoire de la Prehistoire / Towards a History of Pacific Prehistory

In 2020, Emilie starts her DECRA research project, back at UWA, continuing to work on the history of archaeology in the Pacific and focusing on the hidden contribution of women in the eary days of the discipline: Pacific Matildas - also see here: Finding the Women in the History of Pacific Archaeology et sur le site de l'AFRAN pour une presentation du projet en francais

Roles and responsibilities

DECRA research fellow

Archaeobotanist (wood charcoal analysis and tropical Australasia)

Future research

History of archaeology in the Indo-Pacific, focusing on women and indigenous scholars

Devlopment and applications of archaeobotany in the Indo-Pacific

Funding overview


Anthracological analyses for the USA NSF funded project "Vulnerability and Resilience on Island Ecosystems" (CI Prof. P. Kirch and Dr J. Kahn)- 2012-2013 AND 2014-2015
BHP BIO funded Project "The archaeobotany of the Central Pilbara, Phase I: Wood Reference Collection" (with Assoc. Prof. J.Dortch)- 2012
BHP BIO funded Project "The archaeobotany of the Central Pilbara, Phase II: Anthracological analyses" 2013

Previous positions

2015-2020.Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ARC Laureate Project: The Collective Biography of Pacific Archaeology - a Hidden History (CI Prof. M. Spriggs), School of Anthropology and Archaeology, College of Arts and Social Sciences, the Australian National University.
2010-current.Associate post doctoral researcher, Equipe d'Ethnologie Prehistorique, CNRS, France

2015-2020. Honorary Research Fellow, UWA School of Social Sciences

2011-2015. Research Associate, UWA School of Social Sciences

Current projects

History of Archaeology in the Pacific - Francophone traditions with CBAP @ANU, Women in the History of Archaeology with Pacific Matildas DECRA @ UWA

Anthracological analysis in French Polynesia and New Caledonia

Archaeobotany in Australia


Teaching overview

Casual teaching for undergraduate archaeology courses on laboratory techniques and analyses, archaeobotany

Previous positions

History of Archaeology in Oceania

Archaeobotany, anthracology (identification of wood charcoal macro-remains): tropical issues, reference collection and databases, implementation of the discipline in Australasia

Oceania archaeology, New Caledonia and French Polynesia

Precolonial, Contacts and early colonial periods, the interface between historical and indigenous oral traditions or ethnohistorical sources in comparison with archaeological data

Ethnobotany/Ethnoarchaeology, palaeoethnobotany

Archaeology of arboricultural and horticultural practices in Australasia



Research expertise keywords

  • Anthracology
  • Tropical archaeobotany
  • Pacific or Oceania archaeology
  • french studies
  • Ethnohistory
  • Palaeoethnobotany
  • Palaeoenvironment
  • History and philosophy of science


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