The launching day of the DIM Matériaux ancients et patrimoniaux (Key Research Sector on Ancient and Cultural Heritage Materials) tool place of Friday 24th of March 2017 at the Grand Amphithéâtre of the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle. The event gathered almost 200 participants from the labs, cultural institutions and enterprises members of the DIM’s network. The aim of this day was to showcase the DIM’s scientific project, its thematic and transversal axes and its objectives regarding social and economic valorisation. A session was dedicated to the principles and mains rules of the first call for proposals (AAP 2017-1) which is now published. Time was devoted to exchanges with the audience.
The day was opened by Stéphanie Thiébault for the CNRS, Jean-Denis Vigne for the MNHN and Etienne Anheim for the EHESS.
Loïc Bertrand introduced the philosophy of the DIM Matériaux anciens et patrimoniaux and the objective of the projet : “understand the historical trajectory of ancient materials”. He outlined that the DIM aims to introduce a strong convergence between research teams in the fields of human science, text science, physics, chemistry, environmental science and information science. Then, the scientific leaders of the 5 thematic axes and the 3 transversal axes presented the main topics and challenges of each axis.
Jean-Paul Demoule, distinguished professor of later European prehistory at Paris 1 University (Panthéon-Sorbonne) gave a talk entitled "Matériaux du passé et interdisciplinarités aujourd’hui ». After drawing a panorama of main evolutions and challenges for archaeology, he suggested several thoughts for the future of the field of ancient materials.
Etienne Anheim outlined the main features of the first call for proposal (APP 2017-1). He emphasized that this call or proposals does not aim to broaden what already exists but wish to support innovative projects on emerging and interdisciplinary topics falling within the objectives and axis of the DIM. Then he detailed the eligibility criteria and the projects selection process.
Lastly, Sophie David introduced the social and economic valorisation dimension of the DIM. The interdisciplinary nature of the DIM will be an inspiration for valorisation actions towards big data, media, instrumentation and museums. The diversity of the field of ancient materials (actors, places, interactions…) will enable to create new forms of valorisation.
You can donwload the programme and presentations (in French) by clicking here.