Hubert Forestier

Participation: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Hubert Forestier is a prehistorian specialist in stone tool analysis in Southeast Asia (lithic technology and typology). He began his research by completing a Masters in Quaternary and Prehistory at the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle on lithic industry diversity of pre/Lapita sites in New Caledonia and Vanuatu. His PhD (1998) focused on lithic artefacts from Javanese prehistoric sites in Indonesia, where he lived for more than 10 years. He has led numerous research projects, excavations and scientific cooperation in Southeast Asia, notably in Cambodia, Thailand, China, Laos and Indonesia. Alter 15 years in Southeast Asia as an expatriate researcher for IRD (French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development), in 2012 he became Professor of Prehistory at the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Paris, France) where he teaches Southeast Asia-Oceania prehistory and promotes field trip research. In order to understand the global prehistoric peopling from Southeast Asia to near Oceania, in a broad framework, Papua New Guinea represents a very interesting and strategic topic of research for him.