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Emilie Dotte


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

    6009 Perth


  • 95 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
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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. Most of this projects are continuing, with Emilie being a Honorary Fellow at UWA.

Indeed, she joined the ANU in 2015 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 she is part of team developping a new field of studies investigating the Historiography of Archaeology in the region.

Roles and responsibilities

Honorary Research Fellow - Archaeobotanist (wood charcoal analysis and tropical Australasia)

Future research

Continuation of collaboration with US partners on the archaeobotany of French Polynesia
Continuation of collaboration with Australian (University of Queensland) and overseas partners (Museum d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris)for the improvement of archaeobotanical ressources in the Asia-Pacific region
Continuation of collaborative projects in New Caledonia
Continuation of collaborative projects for the application of anthracology in Australia.

Extending the field of the historiography of archaeology in the Pacific, Australia and Southeast Asia, in francophone and anglophone traditions and through transnational approaches, integrating indigenous and gender studies perspectives with intellectual history and the history of sciences.


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

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.
Associate post doctoral researcher, Equipe d'Ethnologie Prehistorique, CNRS, France

Current projects

Anthracological analysis from French Polynesia precolonial sites (Moorea, Maupiti, Mangareva), with Prof. Kirch and Dr Kahn.
Anthracology from Dry forest environments, New Caledonia (Pindai and Gouaro Deva), with Dr C. Sand and the Institut d'Archeologie de Nouvelle-Caledonie et du Pacifique, New Caledonia)
Implementation of anthracology and archaeobotany in the Pilbara (through BHP funded projects and Barrow Island's projects)

Teaching overview

Casual teaching for undergraduate archaeology courses on laboratory techniques and analyses.
Preparation and teaching of the plant remains in archaeology course for undergraduate and Master of Professional Archaeology.


The Historiography of Francophone Archaeology in the Pacific (as part of Prof. Spriggs new ARC Laureate Project: the Collective Biography of Archaeology in the Pacific - a Hidden History; at the ANU)

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




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

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Research Output 2011 2018

  • 95 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 11 Article
  • 2 Conference paper
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Other chapter contribution
tropical rain forests
11 Citations (Scopus)

Ancient woodlands of Polynesia: A pilot anthracological study on Maupiti Island, French Polynesia

Dotte, E. & Kahn, J. G., 1 Nov 2017, In : Quaternary International. 457, p. 6-28

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

human settlement
7 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
technical development
3 Citations (Scopus)

The settlement at Barmup: Britain’s first farm in Western Australia

Winter, S., Forsey, C., Dotte-Sarout, E. & Paterson, A., Dec 2016, In : Australasian Historical Archaeology. 34, p. 32-43 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

upper class

Projects 2012 2022