Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Dr. Pauline Hanot

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Dr. Pauline Hanot

Dr. Pauline Hanot
Dr. Pauline Hanot
Department of Archaeology

Phone: +49 3641 686-731

Main Focus

Pauline Hanot's research focuses on assessing the human impact on the morphology of past horses in relation to domestication processes and artificial selection. She tries to identify markers of human management on horse bones through 3D geometric morphometric approaches (GMM) with particular interest in morpho-functional investigations. She is also interested in using GMM as a tool for the taxonomic identification of equid bones from archaeological contexts.

Keywords: zooarchaeology, horse, geometric morphometrics, functional morphology, domestication, artificial selection

Curriculum Vitae

Pauline Hanot received a BA in Archaeology-Art History (Ecole du Louvre-Paris, 2010) and in History (University Paris IV-Sorbonne, 2009), and a MS in Quaternary Sciences-Prehistory (Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle-Paris, 2012). She worked during two years as a zooarchaeologist at the Centre de Recherche Archéologique de la Vallée de l’Oise (Compiègne, France). In 2018, she completed her PhD entitled “Morphological diversity of modern and past domestic equids: complete skeletons as a marker of function and cultural practices”. In the same year, she received a two-year fellowship from the FYSSEN foundation to join the Department of Archaeology at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. Her postdoctoral research focuses on exploring horse cranial morphology as a marker of human management.


Hanot P., Tresset A. (2019). Les restes de grands vertébrés du Néolithique final aux âges du Bronze ancien et moyen, in : Pailler Y. and Nicolas C., Une maison sous les dunes : Beg ar Loued, Ile Molène, Finistère. Identité et adaptation des groupes humains en mer d’Iroise entre les IIIe et IIe millénaires avant notre ère, 567-583, Sidestone Press.

Hanot, P., Bochaton c. (2018). New osteological criteria for the identification of domestic horses, donkeys and their hybrids in archaeological contexts, Journal of Archaeological Science, 94, 12-20.

ROFES, J., CUCCHI T., HANOT P., HERMAN J., STEPHAN P., CERSOY S., HORACEK I., KERR E., ALLBERRY K., VALENZUELA S., ZAZZO A., CORNETTE R., TRESSET A. (2018). Postglacial recolonization and Holocene diversification of Crocidura suaveolens (Mammalia, Soricidae) on the north-western fringe of the European continent, Quaternary Science Reviews, 190, 1-10.

Hanot, P., Herrel, A., Guintard, C., Cornette, R. (2018). The impact of artificial selection on morphological integration in the appendicular skeleton of domestic horses, Journal of Anatomy. 232, 657-673.

Hanot, P., Herrel, A., Guintard, C., Cornette, R. (2017). Morphological integration in the appendicular skeleton of two domestic taxa: the horse and donkey, Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284, 20171241.

Hanot, P., Guintard, C., Lepetz, S., Cornette, R. (2017). Identifying domestic horses, donkeys and hybrids from archaeological deposits: a 3D morphological investigation on skeletons, Journal of Archaeological Science, 78, 88–98.

Bréhard, S., Radu, V., Martin, A., Hanot, P., Popovici, D., Bălăşescu, A. (2014). Food supply strategies in the Romanian Eneolithic: sheep/goat husbandry and fishing activities from Hârşova Tell and Borduşani-Popină (5th millennium BC), European Journal of Archaeology 17, 407–433.

Lepetz, S., Hanot, P. (2012). Archéozoologie et patrimoine ostéologique du cheval. Les os des chevaux provenant des fouilles archéologiques : sujets de recherche et archives du sol, In Situ, Revue des patrimoines.

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