Sandrine Grouard
Adjunct Faculty Member Anthropology


I am a zooarchaeologist and archaeologist, specialist of the fossil Vertebrate from the Caribbean, Central and Latin America. I collaborate with different international programs of research on Antigua and Barbuda, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil, and the French Lesser Antilles. I have been in charge of 22 Collective Research Programs, 7 excavation fields, and 10 PhD students in the Lesser Antilles. I am Curator of a Caribbean osteological comparative collection (957 specimens, 155 families, 895 taxa). My current research examines the archaeo-ethno-zoology of the pre-Columbian Caribbean islands (hunting, fishing techniques, feeding, cuisine, taming, domestication practices, and cultural choices). The identification of archaeofauna includes mammals, birds, chelonians, squamata, amphibians, fish, molluscs, crustaceans and echinoderms. The archaeological database includes 1.231.221 vertebrate remains, 26 islands or countries, 160 sites, 434 taxa. I also focus on the insular historic biogeography of the Lesser Antilles and its human impacts: late Pleistocene and Holocene species replacements, prehistoric and historic introductions, extinctions, and translocations. I am a professor-researcher at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Paris), department Man and Environnement.

Research and Current Projects

Zooarchaeology of the Lesser Antilles. Dynamics of pre-Columbian Amerindian human and animal communities in the Caribbean in the face of Holocene climate change (zooarchaeology, territories and coastal resources).

Zooarchaeology of Barbuda. History of the Fauna replacements and Peopling of Barbuda, from the Pleistocene to the contemporaneous time (Antigua & Barbuda, Lesser Antilles) (Strombus Line, Seaview, Indian Town Trail, Welches, Caves) (U. Lincoln Nebraska, Barbuda Research Complex).

French Guiana. A late middle Pleistocene fossil record from Ariane 6 launching area, Kourou (U. Montpellier).

Saint-Paul, La Réunion. Daily life of the Saint-Paul Bourgeoisie in the 19th century (INRAP).

Naachtun, Petén, Guatemala. Nature and dynamics of the Maya socio-ecosystem of the territory of subsistence of the Naachtun City, from 1500 BCE to 1000 CE (CNRS ArchAm).

PILORI. Biological and cultural History of two emblematic rodents of the Lesser Antilles: bioarchaeological approaches, insular archaeobiogeographic dynamics, diversities, migrations, anthropic translocations.

COBACOL. The guinea pigs (Cavia spp.) of the Altiplano Cundiboyacens (Bogotá, Colombia): phylogeny and relationships with societies, from the Preceramic to the Colonial period (U. de los Andes, Colombia).

GAARlandia land-bridge vs Lesser Antilles dispersal pathways – Coupling subduction dynamics and evolutionary processes in the Caribbean domain (Géosciences Montpellier, ISEM, GéoAzur).

Selected Publications

Bochaton C, Emmanuel Paradis, Salvador Bailon, Sandrine Grouard, Ivan Ineich, Arnaud Lenoble, Olivier Lorvelec, Anne Tresset, Nicole Boivin. In press (May 2021). Large-scale reptile extinctions following European colonization of the Guadeloupe Islands. Science Advances, 32 p. 4 figs, 1 Tab., 6 sup. data. - IF 13.116

van den Bel Martijn, Sebastiaan Knippenberg, Sandrine Grouard, Noémie Tomadini and Nathalie Serrand. in press 2021.  6. Synthesis. The Troumassoid Turning Point: new houses, subsistence patterns and ceramics or local development?, In M. van den Bel (dir.): The Troumassoid turning point. Archaeological Investigations on Guadeloupe, FWI: The Study of four Late Ceramic Archaeological Sites, Routledge, 14 p.

Perdikaris Sophia, Sandrine Grouard, Rebecca Boger, Allison Bain, Anaëlle Jallon, Edith Gonzalez, Emira Ibrahimpasic, submitted 2021. Long-Term perspectives on Sustainability, Resilience and Change on the Island of Barbuda, Volume on "An Archaeology of Human Resilience: Sustainability in Indigenous Island Societies", Special Issue Editors: Jon M. Erlandson, Scott M. Fitzpatrick, and Kristina M. Gill. University of Florida Press.

Zorro-Luján C.M., C. Lefèvre, A. Zazzo, L. F. Noè, C. Langebaek-Rueda, G. Peña, G. Correal-Urrego, S. Grouard, 2020. A Macaw (Ara sp.) in a Preceramic Site from the Sabana de Bogotá, Colombia, dated to the Ninth Millennium cal BP. Latin American Antiquity, p.1-19, 3 supp. data. doi:10.1017/laq.2020.76, IF 1.25

Durocher M., V. Nicolas, S. Perdikaris, D. Bonnissent, G. Robert, K. Debue, A. Evin, S Grouard, 2020. Archaeobiogeography of the rice rat in the Lesser Antilles during the Amerindian Ceramic Age (500 BCE to 1500 CE), The Holocene, 2020:1-13. DOI: 10.1177/0959683620972785 _ IF 2.629,

Louppe Vivien; Herrel Anthony; Pisanu Benoit; Grouard Sandrine; Veron Géraldine, 2020. Assessing occupancy and activity of two invasive carnivores in two Caribbean islands: implications for insular ecosystems. Journal of Zoology, ID JZO-02-20-OM-047.R1 First published: 18 November 2020. IF 1.724,

Shev Gene T., Jason E. Laffoon, Sandrine Grouard, Corinne L. Hofman, 2020. An Isotopic and Morphometric Examination of Island Dogs (Canis familiaris): Comparing Dietary and Mobility Patterns in the Precolumbian Caribbean. Latin American Antiquity, 31(3), 632-638. doi:10.1017/laq.2020.58, 3 supp. Data. Publié en ligne par Cambridge University Press: 11 Août 2020 IF 1.25

Tomadini N., Barthélémy-Moizan E., Grouard S. & Lefèvre C., 2020 - Le mobilier archéologique en os de Martinique aux périodes historiques (1645-1902) : entre importations et production locale. In Y. Henigfeld, P. Husi & F. Ravoire (dir.) : “L’objet au Moyen Âge et à l’époque moderne : fabriquer, échanger, consommer et recycler”, Presses universitaires de Caen; Brepols Publishers2020, Publications du CRAHAM, 978-2-84133-972-3. 233-237 pp. hal-02093067

Tomadini N., Lefèvre C. & Grouard S., 2020.  Vie quotidienne dans les colonies françaises des Petites Antilles à l’époque coloniale (première moitié du XVIIe siècle – 1902) : approche archéozoologique. Cahiers d’Histoire de l’Amérique Coloniale, n°8 : les fêtes en Amérique coloniale ; B. Grunberg (dir.) Séminaires d’Histoire de l’Amérique Coloniale, Paris : L’Harmattan, pp. 235-252.

Grouard S., S. Perdikaris, N. Espindola Rodrigues, I. Quitmyer, 2019. Size estimation of pre-Columbian Caribbean fish (Methodological approaches to size reconstruction of zooarchaeological remains of 8 families of fish from pre-Columbian Caribbean assemblages), International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, vol. 29: 452–468.  2 supp data. DOI: 10.1002/oa.2782 _ IF 1.39,

Perdikaris S., Bain A., Grouard S., Baker K., Gonzalez E., Hoelzel A.R., Miller H., Persaud R., Sykes N., 2018. From Icon of Empire to National Emblem: New Evidence for the Fallow Deer of Barbuda, Environmental Archaeology: The Journal of Human Paleoecology, (Eds: D. Wallman, E. C. Wells, and I Rivera-Collazo: Special Issue: The Environmental Legacies of Colonialism in the Northern Neotropics) Published online: 31 Jul 2017 , Vol. 23:1, 47-55, DOI: 10.1080/14614103.2017.1349027 _IF 1.479

Educational Background

- HDR (Habilitation to Supervise PhD Researches) - University of Provence Aix-Marseille (Human and animal populations of the Caribbean since 10,000 years)

- PhD Ethnology and Prehistory - University of Paris X - Nanterre ("Subsistence, technical systems and territorial management in the pre-Columbian Caribbean")

- M.S. Environment and Archaeology - U. Paris X.

- M.S. Ethnology and Prehistory - U. Paris X.

- B.A. & M.A. Human Sciences and Communication, Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy - U. Paris X.

Research Interests

Zooarchaeology, Ethnoarchaeology, Taphonomy, Caribbean, Mesoamerica, Latin America


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