Eugene Morin

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
B.A., M.Sc. (Montréal), DEA (Paris-X Nanterre), Ph.D. (Michigan)

Life & Health Sciences DNA C216, ext.7682,

Research Interests: archaeology, paleolithic of Europe, methods and theory in faunal analysis, human behavioural change during the late Pleistocene, prehistory of Northeastern North America

Curriculum Vitae


Current Projects

Professor Morin is looking for students interested in the Paleolithic of Europe or the prehistory of Northeastern North America. More specifically, his current projects include:

1) The demographic expansion of early modern humans into Western Europe

The project aims at investigating behavioural variability within and between late Neandertal and early modern human populations by analyzing the material culture, logistical organization and subsistence strategies of these groups. The data that will be gathered in this project will also help in refining the chronological and climatic framework for the Middle and Upper Paleolithic.

Learn more about Eugene Morin's research in Western Europe

2) Analysis of behavioural change in Eastern Europe

Not much is known about human adaptation for the Middle Paleolithic and early Upper Paleolithic of the Balkans. A new project at Crvena Stijena (Montenegro, former Yugoslavia), a cave with a 18m-deep stratigraphy characterized by excellent faunal preservation, should shed new light on Neandertal and early modern human societies in this part of Europe.

Learn more about Eugene Morin's research in Eastern Europe

3) Diet Breadth in Northeastern North America

This last project focuses on dietary change in pre- and post-contact Northeastern North America. The analysis of several prehistoric assemblages from Ontario should provide new knowledge about the subsistence strategies of the First Nations in the past and how they contributed to the spread of agriculture in the region.

Selected Publications

Morin, E., Meier, J., El Guennouni, K., Moigne, A.-M., Lebreton, L., Rusch, L., Valensi, P., Conolly, J. and Cochard, D. 2019. New evidence of broader diets for archaic Homo populations in the northwestern Mediterranean. Science Advances 5, eaav9106.

Morin, E., Beauval, C., Boileau, A., Ready, E., and Laroulandie, V. 2019. The Number of Distinct Elements: Extending a landmark-based counting unit to other taxa. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 24:773–784.

Morin, E. and Soulier, M.-C. 2017. The Paleolithic faunal remains from Crvena Stijena. In: Crvena Stijena in Cultural and Ecological Context. Multidisciplinary Archaeological Research in Montenegro, edited by R. Whallon, National Museum of Montenegro 

Morin, E., Ready, E., Boileau, A., Beauval, C., and Coumont, M.-P. 2017. Problems of identification and quantification in archaeozoological analysis, part I: Insights from a blind test. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 24:886–937.

Morin, E., Ready, E., Boileau, A., Beauval, C., and Coumont, M.-P. 2017. Problems of identification and quantification in archaeozoological analysis, part II: Presentation of an alternative counting method. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 24:938–973.

Morin, E., Speth, J.D., and Lee-Thorp, J. 2017. Middle Palaeolithic diets: A critical examination of the evidence. In Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Diet, edited by J. Lee-Thorp and M.A. Katzenberg, pp. 1–33.

Morin, E. and Soulier, M.-C. 2017. New criteria for the archaeological identification of bone grease processing, American Antiquity 82:96–122.

Morin, E., Delagnes, A., Armand, D., Castel, J.-C. and Hodgkins, J. 2014. Centennial- to millennial-scale change in archaeofaunas and their implications for Mousterian lithic variability in southwest France. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 36:158–180.

Morin, E. 2012. Reassessing Paleolithic Subsistence. The Neandertal and Modern Human Foragers of Saint-Césaire, France. Cambridge University Press, 358 p.

Morin, E. and Laroulandie, V. 2012. Presumed symbolic use of diurnal raptors by Neandertals. PLoS ONE 7:1–5