Matthieu Giaime

Matthieu Giaime
Autonomous University of Barcelona | UAB · Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technologies (ICTA)

PhD in Physical Geography (Aix-Marseille University)
Marie Curie Fellow - Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB)

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Introduction
I am a geographer/geoarchaeologist interested on the evolution of coastlines (Mediterranean, Black and Red Seas) during the past ~8000 years. My work is focused on (1) the geomorphology and chronostratigraphy of ancient harbors in deltaic environments; (2) the morphosedimentary response of coastal areas and deltas to climate forcings, human impacts and relative sea-level changes. I am also interested in Holocene human-environment interactions through the lens of continental/lacustrine archives.
Additional affiliations
November 2020 - present
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Position
  • Master's Student
Description
  • http://impactant.projectesainternet.com/en/team/64/matthieu-giaime
October 2020 - present
University of Haifa
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • https://maritime.haifa.ac.il/dr-matthieu-giaime/
October 2019 - November 2020
University of Haifa
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
September 2013 - September 2017
Aix-Marseille Université - CEREGE
Field of study
  • Coastal Geomorphology
September 2011 - June 2013
Aix-Marseille Université - CEREGE
Field of study
  • Geomorphology, Natural Hazards
September 2008 - June 2011
Aix-Marseille Université
Field of study
  • Geography

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Publications (53)
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Akko/Acre, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2001, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the eastern Mediterranean. Tel Akko was a major maritime centre of the southern Levant from the Middle Bronze to the Late Persian period. The city was then moved 1500 m to the west on the Akko promontory where the ‘Old City’ of Saint-Jean d'Acre...
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This study presents high-resolution multi-proxy analyses of a well-dated sediment core (BR-1, 19.20 m long) retrieved from the Nile Delta, aiming to reconstruct the Holocene evolution of the Burullus lagoon. In particular, we focus on the morphodynamical processes, sediment provenances and related hydro-climatic changes. The Holocene strata of the...
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In the Jordan Valley, reconstructed changes of the Sea of Galilee level have shown sharp fluctuations of the water elevation during the Holocene. In this paper, we provide new data originating from the excavations of Kursi Beach archaeological site located on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee and compare them with other data gathered from the...
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Previous geoarchaeological research on the Akko coastal plain have contributed to the understanding of the ancient coastal interface and added evidence as to the location/shift of the ancient anchorages dating from the Middle Bronze Age (beginning of the 2nd Millennium BC) to the Early Hellenistic period (mid of the 2nd century BC) of the ancient s...
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Imprint: Sidestone Press Academics Layout & cover design: Sidestone Press Photograph cover: • Main image: Mazotos shipwreck, Cyprus (photo: Al. Erdozain © MARELab) • Inset: Mandirac 1 near Narbonne France (photo: C. Durand, CNRS, UMR 7299-CCJ) • Inset: Ma'agan Mikhael II before being launched in Haifa, Israel (photo: A. Efremov) ISBN 978-90-8890-94...
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Istros, founded during the 7th century BCE, is one of the oldest Greek colonies on the shores of the Black Sea. On the southern margin of the Danube delta, what was an ancient maritime city is now a landlocked archaeological site. Even though archaeological investigations have continued since 1914, the location of the harbour(s) remains unknown. Ef...
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Istros, founded during the 7th century BCE, is one of the oldest Greek colonies on the shores of the Black Sea. On the southern margin of the Danube delta, what was an ancient maritime city is now a landlocked archaeological site. Even though archaeological investigations have continued since 1914, the location of the harbour(s) remains unknown. Ef...
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Lake Maryut (northwestern Nile Delta, Egypt) was a key feature of Alexandria's hinterland and economy during Greco-Roman times. Its shores accommodated major economic centers, and the lake acted as a gateway between the Nile valley and the Mediterranean. It is suggested that lake-level changes, connections with the Nile and the sea, and possible hi...
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Tel Akko (Israel) is an ancient archaeological and UNESCO World Heritage site located along the dynamic Levantine coastline. Historical settlement of Tel Akko began 4,000 years ago along the northern coastline of the Haifa Bay. Between the Late Bronze age to the Hellenistic period, Tel Akko grew to become a well-connected port city. Geographically,...
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Industrial-era warming and aridification have underlined the importance of past climate reconstructions in contextualizing present-day anomalies from a long-term perspective. While the issue of climate change is global, studies have long stressed the vulnerability of the Mediterranean basin, especially with regard to its islands with likely acute e...
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In deltaic areas, within a context of relative sea-level stability during the past 6000 years, environmental conditions have been key in mediating human settlements and the evolution of ancient harbours. The natural diversity of clastic-coast environments, in particular deltas, is central to explain the wide disparity in harbour contexts. It is, th...
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Relative sea-level (RSL) reconstructions are essential to answer a variety of scientific questions, ranging from the investigation of crustal movements to the calibration of earth rheology models and ice sheet reconstructions. It is generally assumed that most Cycladic islands (Aegean Sea, Greece) are affected by a gradual subsidence, attributed to...
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In Northern Dobrogea, north of the Dunavăţ promontory, the Roman fortress of Halmyris was founded in the late 1st century AD on a Getic settlement dating to the middle of the 1st millennium BC, probably associated with a Greek emporium of the Classical and Hellenistic periods. At the time of the foundation of Halmyris, the Danube delta had already...
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Since the first archaeological excavations undertaken in the 1970s/1980s, Tel Akko is known to have been an important trade city from the early 2nd millennium B.C. onwards. Even if the site has been intensively excavated, no paleoenvironmental studies looking to understand coastal changes near the tell since the Bronze Age had been undertaken until...
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Although there is rich evidence for human occupation of Paros’ coastline, there is a dearth of data with regards to the evolution of the island's seaboard palaeoenvironments. In this paper, we use sedimentological and palaeontological proxies of late Holocene coastal deposits from lagoonal environment to reconstruct the evolution of coastal landsca...
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In Northern Dobrogea, north of the Dunavăţ promontory, the Roman fortress of Halmyris was founded in the late 1st century on a Getae settlement dated back the middle of the 1st millennium BC. 8000 years ago, the area of the later Danube delta was a vast open marine bay. Since the end of the post-glacial marine transgression, the Danube delta has pr...
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The Roman city of Pollentia was founded on the north-eastern coast of Mallorca (Balearic archipelago) after the Roman conquest of the island in 123 BC. There is evidence that the city had two harbours, a small harbour located to the north, whereas the main harbour was located to the south of Pollentia. Our study focuses on the southern harbour, on...
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From 2000 to 2015, tsunamis and storms killed more than 430,000 people worldwide and affected a further >530 million, with total damages exceeding US$970 billion. These alarming trends, underscored by the tragic events of the 2004 Indian Ocean catastrophe, have fueled increased worldwide demands for assessments of past, present, and future coastal...
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River deltas began forming around 7000 years BP because of the stabilisation of the mean sea-level. The natural variety of wetland environments on clastic coasts, in particular deltas, explains in major part the important disparities in harbour contexts. These different geomorphological contexts led to specific pressures and potentialities for mari...
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River deltas began forming around 7000 years BP because of the stabilization of mean sea level and high sedimentary inputs at base-level. The natural variety of wetland environments on clastic coasts, in particular deltas, explains in major part the important disparities in harbour contexts. These different geomorphological contexts led to specific...
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River deltas began forming around 7000 years BP because of the stabilisation of the mean sea- level. The natural variety of wetland environments on clastic coasts, in particular deltas, ex- plains in major part the important disparities in harbour contexts. These different geomor- phological contexts led to specific pressures and potentialities for...
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The Roman city of Pollentia was founded on the north-eastern coast of Mallorca (Balearic archipelago) after the Roman conquest of the island in 123 BC. There is evidence that the city had two harbours, a small harbour located to the north, whereas the main harbour was located to the south of Pollentia. Our study focuses on the southern harbour, on...
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The temporal and spatial diffusion of early agriculture across Europe from the Fertile Crescent has been widely studied, but data from the Caucasian corridor are still rare. This study shows the first evidence for the cultivation of cereals and anthropogenic fires in southern Russia, between the Black Sea and the Azov Sea, 7000 years ago. It sugges...
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This paper presents new data looking into the Holocene evolution of the Kuban delta (Taman Peninsula, SW Russia), with particular emphasis on its southern arm. In the area of the later Taman Peninsula, the Holocene marine transgression created an archipelago around 6000. years ago. When sea-level rise decelerated, deltaic sedimentation and longshor...
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In coastal areas, under a context of relative sea-level stability during the past 6,000 years, one important question relates to the impact of environmental conditions on human settlements around lagoons. Historiography has developed a number of deterministic models but how do these fair in the light of recent palaeo-environmental data? What was th...
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In coastal areas, under a context of relative sea-level stability during the past 6,000 years, one important question relates to the impact of environmental conditions on human settlements around lagoons. Historiography has developed a number of deterministic models but how do these fair in the light of recent palaeo-environmental data? What was th...
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Debate on the complex coevolution that has shaped interactions between forested ecosystems and humans through constantly evolving land-use practices over the past millennia has long been centered on the Mediterranean because this area is seen as the cradle for the birth and growth of agricultural activities. Here, we argue that the transition from...
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Selon le géographe grec Hécatée de Milet, l’extrémité orientale de l’actuelle péninsule de Taman constituait à la fin de l’époque archaïque une île à part entière (FGH1F212). C’est sur ses rives que se sont installés à partir du second quart du VIe siècle avant J.-C. les premiers colons grecs venus d’Ionie en quête des riches ressources halieutique...

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The current project aims to initiate a multidisciplinary study of ancient harbour environments on the Red Sea (Egyptian coast). The research object relates to the humanities and social sciences, whereas the methods, field techniques and laboratory tools are linked to the earth and biological sciences. For the Red Sea, it is the first time that a methodology marrying archaeology, geomorphology, sedimentology, geophysics, palynology and marine biology will be applied. This approach will help to better understand human occupation of the coastline, in particular the ancient harbours, since ca. 5000 years. It’s the first time that such an approach will be used to investigate one sole object: the occupation and structure of ancient harbours, at various temporal and spatial timescales. Over long timescales, our understanding of geomorphological processes can be improved using well-dated archaeological contexts. A comparative method is, therefore, essential to confront these new data with the work we have already undertaken in the Mediterranean