Olivia Munoz


UMR 8215 "Trajectoires"



I am an archaeo-anthropologist, specializing in the recent prehistory and protohistory of Arabia. I hold a PhD in Archaeology-Ethnology-Prehistory from the University of Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne and a PhD in Animal Biology from the Università di Roma La Sapienza, obtained in 2014, and I have been a CNRS research fellow since 2018. My research focuses on the evolution of ancient populations in constrained environments, through the reconstruction of their lifestyles and the study of their burial practices. I am particularly interested in the mechanisms of adaptations of coastal populations between the Neolithic and the Bronze Age (6000-2000 BCE), and in the biocultural changes that accompany the development of oasis agriculture in Arabia (food, sanitary status, demography, sedentariness, social complexification,...).


2014 PhD Anthropologie-Ethnologie-Préhistoire – Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
2014 PhD Biologie Animale – Università di Roma La Sapienza
PhD Thesis: « Pratiques funéraires et paramètres biologiques dans la péninsule d’Oman du Néolithique à la fin de l’âge du Bronze ancien (V-IIIe millénaires avant notre ère) » │ supervisors: Serge Cleuziou, Jean-Paul Demoule, Alfredo Coppa


Archaeology, Biological anthropology, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Arabian peninsula


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  • The pan-Arabian c. 3000 BC monumental funerary complex
    O Munoz
    Seminar for Arabian Studies 2023

  • Evolution of the funerary landscape and mortuary practices in the Hajar foothills during the Early Bronze Age: the case of the Bisya region (Sultanate of Oman)
    O Munoz, K Rointru, M Laguardia, M Cotty, PG Sanz, C Renaux, M Jean
    Seminar for Arabian Studies 2023

  • Premire campagne de fouille du tumulus de Saint-Blec (Leuhan, Finistre)
    C Nicolas, Y Pailler, L Aubry, TH Freiesleben, C Galinand, G Gurin, ...
    Bulletin de la Socit prhistorique franaise 120 (1), 65-69 2023

  • The Early Bronze Age in the Hajar oases: new investigations of the settlement, funerary and monumental site of al-Dhabi 2 (Bisya, Oman)
    M Jean, M Sauvage, O Munoz, V de Castja, T Mespoulet, J Pinot, ...
    Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 52, 189-205 2023

  • Paris (IVe), Alle des Justes de France (ancienne rue du Grenier‑sur‑l’eau), Mmorial de la Shoah: rapport de fouille, 384 p.
    X Peixoto, H Cabart, P Celly, S Frre, A Lefvre, L Leconte, O Munoz, ...
    Inrap-Centre le-de-France 2023

  • Le phnomne des tombes-tours dans la pninsule arabique et le cas de l'Arabie du Sud-Est
    O Munoz
    Symposium" Bahren et ses voisins", Muse du Louvre 2022

  • Mortuary practices and bioanthropological data in the Oman Peninsula from the Neolithic to the Early Bronze Age (6th-3rd mill. BC)
    O Munoz
    International Association for Archaeological Research in Western and Central 2022

  • Pratiques funraires dans l’Arabie antique: la ncropole de Thaj
    M Laguardia, O Munoz, J Rohmer, P Courtaud
    Bulletins et mmoires de la Socit d’Anthropologie de Paris. BMSAP 34 (34 (1)) 2022

  • From the Oasis to the Great Desert settlement dynamics in the Hajjar Foothills (Oman). Case Study: The Bisya Oasis Preliminary report on the January 2022 campaign at Bisya
    M Sauvage, M Jean, V de Castja, O Munoz, K Rointru, A Beshkani, ...
    UMR 7041 Arscan; UMR 8215 Trajectoires; Universit de Paris 1 Panthon 2022

  • Recherches sur l’oasis de Bisya (Oman central) du Palolithique au Bronze ancien: les travaux de la mission archologique franaise en Oman central en 2022
    M Sauvage, M Jean, V de Castja, O Munoz, A Beshkani, J Pinot, ...
    Bulletin de la Socit prhistorique franaise 119 (3), 529-534 2022

  • Protohistoric cairns and tower tombs in south-eastern Arabia (end of the 4th-beginning of the 3rd millennium BCE)
    O Munoz
    Megaliths of the world 2, 905-920 2022

  • Le phnomne des tombes tours protohistoriques dans la pninsule arabique
    O Munoz
    Sminaire “Lieux et espaces funraires”(coord. B. Boisavit-Camus, K 2021

  • Building on 162 years of scientific publication, the Bulletins et Mmoires de la Socit d’Anthropologie introduces unlimited free access to enter the world of open science
    A Mounier, S Kacki, A Balzeau, B Bertrand, C Bon, C Buquet-Marcon, ...
    Bulletins et Mmoires de la Socit d'anthropologie de Paris 33 (1) 2021

  • 162 ans, les Bulletins et Mmoires de la Socit d’Anthropologie s’ engagent pour une science ouverte et passent en accs libre et gratuit
    A Mounier, S Kacki, A Balzeau, B Bertrand, C Bon, C Buquet-Marcon, ...
    Bulletins et mmoires de la Socit d’Anthropologie de Paris. BMSAP 33 (33 (1)) 2021

  • Cairns et tombes tours protohistoriques en Arabie sud-orientale (fin 4e-dbut 3e mill. av. l’re commune)
    O Munoz

  • " Anthropological report of a child skeleton in sounding 15". In G. Charloux & R. Loreto (ds.), Dma 5. The 2014-2015 Report of the Saudi–Italian–French Archaeological Project
    O Munoz
    Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities 2021

  • " Rescue Excavations in Sector D of Al-Suneimiyat". In G. Charloux & R. Loreto (ds.), Dma 5. The 2014-2015 Report of the Saudi–Italian–French Archaeological Project at Dmat
    M Cotty, O Munoz, A Chevalier
    Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities 2021

  • Survey and excavation at the Sebkhat adh-Dhabtiyah (SAD) necropolis, 2021. Preliminary report,(in collaboration with C. Gallinand, I. al-Mshabi, H. Hamdoon, I. Mahroun, and M
    O Munoz, M Cotty
    Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities 2021

  • Sounding 18. The platform on the Rijm al-Burj. In G. Charloux & R. Loreto (ds.), Dma 5. The 2014-2015 Report of the Saudi–Italian–French Archaeological Project at Dmat al
    A Chevalier, M Cotty, O Munoz
    Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities 2021

  • Chronique d’une mort annonce? Quand la Loi de programmation de la recherche sonne le glas de la recherche publique. Considrations d’archologues sur les effets nfastes de ce
    N Goutas, F Bocquentin, C Bouchaud, M Boudadi-Maligne, ...
    Les nouvelles de l'archologie 2020


  • Early Neolithic genomes from the eastern Fertile Crescent
    F Broushaki, MG Thomas, V Link, S Lpez, L Van Dorp, K Kirsanow, ...
    Science 353 (6298), 499-503 2016
    Citations: 299

  • The microscopic (optical and SEM) examination of dental calculus deposits (DCD). Potential interest in forensic anthropology of a bio-archaeological method
    P Charlier, I Huynh-Charlier, O Munoz, M Billard, L Brun, ...
    Legal Medicine 12 (4), 163-171 2010
    Citations: 71

  • Diet and mobility in a late Neolithic population of coastal Oman inferred from radiocarbon dating and stable isotope analysis
    A Zazzo, O Munoz, JF Salige
    American Journal of Physical Anthropology 153 (3), 353-364 2014
    Citations: 51

  • A revised radiocarbon chronology of the aceramic shell midden of Ra’s Al-Hamra 6 (Muscat, Sultanate of Oman): implication for occupational sequence, marine reservoir age, and
    A Zazzo, O Munoz, E Badel, I Bguier, F Genchi, LG Marcucci
    Radiocarbon 58 (2), 383-395 2016
    Citations: 31

  • Excavations at Raʾs al-Jinz RJ-1: stratigraphy without tells
    C Monchablon, R Crassard, O Munoz, H Guy, G Bruley-Chabot, ...
    Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 31-47 2003
    Citations: 30

  • Life and death in prehistoric Oman: Insights from Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age funerary practices (4th-3rd mill. BC)
    E Bortolini, O Munoz
    The Archaeological Heritage of Oman, Proceedings of the symposium held at 2015
    Citations: 29

  • Variability in the marine radiocarbon reservoir effect in Muscat (Sultanate of Oman) during the 4th millennium BC: reflection of taphonomy or environment?
    A Zazzo, O Munoz, JF Salige, C Moreau
    Journal of Archaeological Science 39 (7), 2559-2567 2012
    Citations: 27

  • Settlement structures and cemetery at Wadi Shab‐GAS1, Sultanate of Oman: Report on the 2002 and 2003 field seasons
    M Gaultier, H Guy, O Munoz, M Tosi, D Usai
    Arabian archaeology and Epigraphy 16 (1), 1-20 2005
    Citations: 26

  • Transition to agriculture in South‐Eastern Arabia: Insights from oral conditions
    O Munoz
    American Journal of Physical Anthropology 164 (4), 702-719 2017
    Citations: 25

  • Marking the sacral landscape of a north Arabian oasis: A sixth-millennium BC monumental stone platform and surrounding burials
    O Munoz, M Cotty, G Charloux, C Bouchaud, H Monchot, C Marquaire, ...
    Antiquity 94 (375), 601-621 2020
    Citations: 17

  • Pratiques funraires et paramtres biologiques dans la pninsule d'Oman du Nolithique la fin de l'ge du Bronze ancien (Ve-IIIe millnaires av. NE).
    O Munoz
    Paris 1 2014
    Citations: 17

  • Use of ossuary pits during the Umm an-Nar period: New insights on the complexity of burial practices from the site of Ra’s al-Jinz (RJ-1), Oman
    O Munoz, RO Ghazal, H Guy
    J. Giraud et G. Gernez (d.), Aux marges de l’archologie. Hommage Serge 2012
    Citations: 17

  • Les morts en socit: Une interprtation des spultures collectives d'Oman à l'Age du Bronze
    S Cleuziou
    Pratiques funraires et socits: Nouvelles approches en archologie et en 2007
    Citations: 17

  • New investigations at the prehistoric shell midden of Ra's al-Hamra 6 (Sultanate of Oman): results of the 2012 and 2013 excavation seasons
    LG Marcucci, Badel, F Genchi, O Munoz, A Todero, M Tosi
    Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 235-255 2014
    Citations: 15

  • Promoting group identity and equality by merging the Dead: increasing complexity in mortuary practices from Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age in the Oman Peninsula and its
    O Munoz
    Mortuary and bioarchaeological perspectives on Bronze Age Arabia, 21-40 2019
    Citations: 10

  • First contribution of the excavation and chronostratigraphic study of the Ruways 1 Neolithic shell midden (Oman) in terms of Neolithisation, palaeoeconomy, social‐environmental
    JF Berger, R Guilbert‐Berger, A Marrast, O Munoz, H Guy, A Barra, ...
    Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 31 (1), 32-49 2020
    Citations: 9

  • The burials of the middle Holocene settlement of KHB-1 (Ra’s al-Khabbah, Sultanate of Oman)
    O Munoz, S Scaruffi, F Cavulli
    Death and Burial in Arabia and Beyond Multidisciplinary perspectives 2010
    Citations: 9

  • La fabrique des anctres. Complexification sociale et spultures collectives dans la pninsule d'Oman l'ge du Bronze ancien
    O Munoz
    Le funraire. Mmoire, protocoles, monuments 11, 255-265 2015
    Citations: 8

  • Les restes humains de SHM-1 (campagnes 2002-2007): tude archo-anthropologique
    O Munoz, F Candilio, S Roudesli-Chebbi
    Le capsien de Hergla (Tunisie). Culture, environnement et conomie 4, 299-314 2013
    Citations: 8

  • Reconstructing the Diet of Ancient Fishermen of Ra’s al-Hadd and Ra’s al-Jinz (Sultanate of Oman) using Radiocarbon Dates’
    O Munoz, A Zazzo, JF SALIGE, S Cleuziou
    Poster presented at the ‘Dsert d’Afrique et d’Arabie: Environnement, climat 2008
    Citations: 8