Clara Boulanger

Clara Boulanger

PhD Candidate
Archaeology and Natural History


Master in Quaternary and Prehistory - Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle; Bachelor of History of Art and Archaeology - Paris IV-Sorbonne
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Clara is currently a PhD candidate at the School of Culture, History and Language at ANU in a co-tutelle program with the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle in France, and under the supervision of Prof. Sue O’Connor, Dr. Anne-Marie Sémah and Dr. Thomas Ingicco.

Her dissertation aims to understand the appearance and evolution of marine adaptations practiced by our species in Island Southeast Asia, in the Philippines, Indonesia, and East Timor, at the end of the Pleistocene and during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition. This study combines detailed zooarchaeological analysis with geochemical approaches in order to understand the variety of marine taxa, and their ecological settings, in the diets of humans expanding beyond the Wallace Line at this time.


Boulanger, C., Ingicco, T., Piper, P. J., Amano, N., Grouard, S., Ono, R., Hawkins, S., Pawlik, A. 2019. Coastal subsistence strategies and mangrove swamps evolution in Bubog I rockshelter (Ilin Island, Mindoro, Philippines) from the Terminal Pleistocene to the mid-Holocene. The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, 0:1-20.

O’Connor, S., Mahirta, Kealy, S., Boulanger, C., Maloney, T., Hawkins, S., Langley, M., Kaharudin, H. A. F., Suniarti, Y., Husni, M., Ririmasse, M., Tanudirjo, D. A., Wattimena, L., Handoko, W., Alifah, and Louys, J. 2018. Kisar and the archaeology of small islands in the Wallacean Archipelago. The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, 0:1-28.

Hawkins, S., O’Connor, S., Maloney, T., Litster, M., Kealy, S., Fenner, J. N., Aplin, K., Boulanger, C., Brockwell, S., Willan, R., Piotto, E., and Louys, J. 2017. Oldest human occupation at Laili rockshelter, Timor-Leste, shows broad-spectrum foraging throughout the late Pleistocene. Quaternary Science Reviews, 171:58-72.

Conference papers

Boulanger, C., O’Connor, S., Mahirta, Kealy, S., Hawkins, S. Fishing in the Wallacea during the Pleistonce : The Case Study of Here Sorot Entapa (Kisar Island, Indonesia). Oral communication at: The 21st Congress of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association ; 2018 Sep. 23-28 ; Hue, Vietnam.

Boulanger, C., Ingicco, T., Sémah, A.-M., Pawlik., A. Fishing strategies in Mindoro (Philippines) from the Terminal Pleistocene to the mid-Holocene. Oral communication at: XVIIIe world UISPP Congress ; 2018 Jun. 4-9 ; Paris, France.

Boulanger, C., Pawlik., A. Coastal subsistence strategies at Bubog I (Ilin Island, Mindoro, Philippines) from the Terminal Pleistocene to the mid-Holocene. Poster présenté à : ICAZ Fish Remains Working Group ; 2017 Oct. 1-4 ; Alghero, Italie.

O’Connor, S., Louys, J., Hawkins, S., Kealy, S., Boulanger, C. Gone fishing : Evidence for Wide-ranging Marine Exploitation in the Initial Settlement of Island Southeast Asia. Oral communication at: The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology ; 2017 Mar. 29-Avr. 2 ; Vancouver, Canada.

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