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Department of Archaeology

Durham archaeologist receives honorary degree

photo: Frédéric Obé, Université de Rennes 1

Durham archaeologist Professor Chris Scarre is a leading British specialist on French prehistoric archaeology and has been engaged in fieldwork and other projects in western France for almost four decades. These close links with French colleagues have recently been recognised by the award of an honorary doctorate by the Université de Rennes 1. Chris has worked particularly closely with Rennes archaeologists Marie-Yvane Daire and Luc Laporte, and co-directed a major excavation with Dr Laporte at Prissé-la-Charrière, a spectacular Neolithic long mound in western France, from 1995 to 2004. There have also been postgraduate links with Durham at Masters and PhD level. The honorary doctorate was conferred by the Président of the university, Professor David Alis, in a ceremony at Rennes on 6th April 2018.