Bertrand MAFART

Research Associate,

Department of Prehistory Research Unit 103

French National Museum of Natural History

Antenne  of the Human Paleontology Institute

Europole Méditerranéenne de l’Arbois, Aix-en-Provence.

§                                   MD., Université de la Méditerranée 1979

§                                 PhD, Quaternary Geology and Human Paleontology, Université de Provence, 1984

§                                 Medicine Specialisation, Internal Medicine, 1989

§                                 HDR, Anthropology, Université de Provence, 1995

Geographical Areas of Specialization: Southern France, Europe, Mauritania.

Topical Interests: Paleoanthropology,  Paleopathology, 3D imaging and virtual anthropology, Co-evolution of human diseases and Homo

Current Courses: Licence Master Doctorat, French NMHN


My primary research is on the Bioarchaeology of past population of Southern France.  This includes works on the paleoanthropology and on the paleopathology of populations from Prehistory to modern times. To provide a secure actualistic framework for paleoanthropological studies, my researches are also focused on the three-dimensional imaging in paleoanthropology and prehistoric archeology. For this topic, I have organized an international colloquium in 2001 and conduct  multidisciplinary research : the fovea-project ( ( French National Center of Scientif research Grant) on virtual archeology and paleoanthropology   Currently, I am Research Scientist Associated at the Department of Prehistory into the French National Museum of Natural History and Chief of the Antenne of the Human Paleontology Institute in Europole Méditerranéenne de l’Arbois, Aix-en-Provence.


Selected Recent publications: for abstract and reprints go to :

All Publications


MAFART B. Harris lines in the first metatarsal bones.  Open Anthropology journal 2009; 2: 36-9.         free access

2008 MAFART B.  Hallux Valgus in a Historic French population: Paleopathological study of 605 first metatarsal bones. J Bone and Spine 2007, 74, 166-170
2008 MAFART B. Human fossils and paleoanthropologist: complex relations. in Sharing databases in the age of the digital anthropology: problems and perspectives. J. Anthropol. Sci.2008 Forum open access
2007 MAFART B, KEFI R, COLOMB E. Paleopathologic and paleogenetic study of 13 cases of congenital hip dislocationin a historical population from Southern France. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 2007, 17, 26-38
2006 MAFART B.Anthropological study of Holocene human footprints of the sebkra El Azrag (Islamic Republic of Mauritania)Anthropologie (Paris)  Volume 110, Issue 5 , December 2006, Pages 766-787


MAFART B. Description, significance and frequency of the acetabular crease: a postcranial non-metric trait of the hip bone. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology,  2005,15,3,208-215.


MAFART B., BARONI I.,  ONORATINI G. (2004)  Les restes humains de la grotte de l’Adaouste du Néolithique ancien final (Bouches du Rhône, France) : cannibalisme ou rituel funéraire?  2004, British Archaeological Report S 1303, Archaeopress, Oxford, 289-294.


MAFART B., GUIPERT G., de LUMLEY M.A., SUBSOL G. Three-dimensional computer imaging of hominid fossils: a new step in human evolution studies. Can Assoc Radiol J. 2004 Oct;55(4):264-70


DEBONO L., MAFART B., JEUSEL E., GUIPERT G. (2004)  Is the incidence of elbow osteoarthritis underestimated ? Insights from paleopathology. Joint Bone Spine, Sep;71(5):397-400.


MOCKERS O., AUBRY M., MAFART  (2004). Dental crowding in prehistoric population. European Journal of Orthodontics, 26(2), 151-156.


MAFART B. PELLETIER JP , Michel FIXOT M. (2004). Post-Mortem Ablation Of The Heart: A Medieval Funerary Practice. A Case Observed At The Cemetery Of The Ganagobie Priory In The French Department Of Alpes De Haute Provence. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 14, 1, 67-73.


GUIPERT G., de LUMLEY M.A., de LUMLEY H., MAFART B. (2004) . Three-dimensional imagery: a new look at the Tautavel Man.  In Enter the Past. Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Stadtarchäologie Wien (Eds). Archaeopress. BAR International series 1227, 2004, 100-102.


MAFART B., BRISOU B, BERTHERAT E (2004)  Epidémiologie et prise en charge des épidémies de peste en Méditerranée au cours de la 2° guerre mondiale (Plague outbreaks in Mediterranean area and 2nd World War, epidemiology and treatments.). Bulletin de la Société de Pathologie exotique, 97, 4, 306-310  


CHAZEL JC, MAFART B. (2004) Apical lesions. British dental Journal. 196, 2-3.


AUBRY M., MAFART B.Y,  DONAT A., BRAU J.J. (2003). A Study of Noncarious Cervical Tooth Lesions in Samples of Prehistoric, Historic and Modern Populations from the South of France . American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 121, 1, 10-14.


GUICHARD P., ORTHLIEB J.D., MAFART B. (2003) : L'occlusion dentaire chez les primates supérieurs. Application d'un modèle réduit d'occlusion : la "matrice occlusale". L'Anthropologie (Paris).107,3, 315-331.


MAFART B. et H. DELINGETTE H. dir. (2002).Colloquium: "Three-Dimensional Imaging in Paleoanthropology and Prehistoric Archeology".Archaeopress. British Archaeological Series 1049, 108 p. 


MAFART B. (2002). Goundou, an historical form of yaws. Lancet , 360, 1168-1170. 


MORILLON M., MAFART B. (2002) Yellow fever in Europe in 19th Century. in Ecological Aspects of Past Settlement in Europe. P. Bennike, E.B. Bodzsar, C. Suzanne dir. European Anthropological Association, 2002 Biennal Yearbook. Eötvös University Press, Budapest. p 211-222.