Marie Orange

Post Doctoral Research Fellow - School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Marie Orange

Phone: +61 02 6773 4237


Twitter: @marie_orange24


My expertise and passion lie in the investigation of lithic assemblages for the reconstitution of comprehensive lithic economies and the socio-economic systems within which the raw materials were acquired, transformed, and circulated. Specialising in obsidian studies, I use a multi-platform analytical strategy for the non-destructive and exhaustive geochemical characterisation of complete assemblages. In my research projects paramount importance is given to the coupling of the sourcing results with the information recovered by the techno-morphological analysis of the artefacts (reconstitution of the reduction sequences), a crucial step to apprehend the exploitation of a raw material in its entirety.

My current research project focuses on Neolithic to Early Bronze Age sites located in the Southern Caucasus region and northern Iran.


PhD (Archaeological Sciences)

Primary Research Area/s

Archaeology; Geochemistry

Research Interests

Prehistoric Archaeology; Provenance studies; Lithic studies; Networks; Socio-cultural mutations; Caucasus; Near East; Western Mediterranean; Obsidian


  • Syvilay, D., Bousquet, B., Chapoulie, R., Orange, M., Le Bourdonnec, F.-X.,  accepted. Advanced statistical analysis of LIBS spectra for the sourcing of obsidian samples. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry.
  • Orange, M., Carter, T., Le Bourdonnec, F.-X. Obsidian consumption at Qdeir 1, a final Pre-Pottery Neolithic site in Syria: an integrated characterisation study, in press. Comptes Rendus Palevol. DOI: 10.1016/j.crpv.2018.08.002
  • Orange, M., Le Bourdonnec, F.-X., D’Anna, A., Tramoni, P., Lugliè, C., Bellot-Gurlet, L., Scheffers, A., Marchesi, H., Guendon, J.-L., Joannes-Boyau, R., 2018. Obsidian economy on the Cauria plateau (South Corsica, Middle Neolithic): new evidence from Renaghju and I Stantari. Quaternary International 467B, 323-331. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2017.12.033
  • Orange, M., Le Bourdonnec, F.-X., Bellot-Gurlet, L., 2018. Obsidian provenance analysis in Archaeology: 50 years of methodological developments. In: Chapoulie, R., Sepúlveda, M., Del Solar Velarde, N., Wright, V. (Eds.), Arqueomería, Estudios analíticos de materiales arqueológicos. Travaux de l'Institut Français d'Études Andines n°340. IFEA Editions, Lima, Peru, 669 pp.
  • Orange, M., Le Bourdonnec, F.-X., Bellot-Gurlet, L., Lugliè, C., Dubernet, S., Bressy-Leandri, C., Scheffers, A., Joannes-Boyau, R., 2017. On sourcing obsidian assemblages from the Mediterranean area: analytical strategies for their exhaustive geochemical characterisation. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 12, 834-844. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.06.002
  • Orange, M., Le Bourdonnec, F.-X., Scheffers, A., Joannes-Boyau, R., 2016. Sourcing obsidian: a new optimized LA-ICP-MS protocol. Science & Technology of Archaeological Research 2(2), 192-202. DOI: 10.1080/20548923.2016.1236516
  • Joannes-Boyau, R., Scheffers, A., Chapoulie, R., Lahaye, C., Parr, J., Orange, M., Moffat, I., Guibert, P., 2014. Thermal behaviour of organic radicals and paramagnetic centres in chert: A case study of Bergeracois brown chert, Dordogne, France, Quaternary Geochronology 23, 26-34. DOI: 10.1016/j.quageo.2014.05.001
  • Orange, M., Carter, T., Le Bourdonnec, F.-X., 2013. Sourcing obsidian from Tell Aswad and Qdeir 1 (Syria) by SEM-EDS and EDXRF: Methodological implications, Comptes Rendus Palevol 12, 173-180. DOI: 10.1016/j.crpv.2012.11.001