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Ninon Blond

Geographer working on Holocene socio-environmental interactions in East Africa. My work is based on a systemic, integrated, multi-method and firmly interdisciplinary approach, at the interface between geography, geomorphology, geoarchaeology, sedimentology, geohistory and ethno-geomorphology. My research allows me to understand environmental changes and the relationships between societies and environments at different spatial and temporal scales.

Participation in research programs

2021-.... Junior Laboratory "Nomad's Lands: Économies, sociétés et matérialités des nomades" (dir. V. Lafont, J. Marchand, M. Crépy). Axis 5 of the Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée.

2018-2020 : Hubert Curien Partnership for Tunisia (PHC-Utique): "PHAST-Télédétection" (dir. M. Rasse and H. Khatelli)

Archaeological missions

2014-.... French archaeological mission in Eastern Tigray, Ethiopia (dir. A. Benoist and I. Gajda)

2011-2012 : French-Jordanian archaeological mission in Wadi Rum, Jordan (dir. S. Farès-Drappeau)

Awards, grants & funding

2020 : CNFG thesis award

2019 : INQUA scholarship (INQUA Dublin conference)

2017 : CFEE field scholarship (Addis Ababa)

2015-2018: Doctoral contract specific to Normaliens


2012-.... More than 750 hours of higher education teaching, from Bachelor to Master, in four institutions in France and abroad.

Jérémie Schiettecatte   

Journal articles1 document

  • Anne Benoist, Iwona Gajda, Steven Matthews, Jérémie Schiettecatte, Ninon Blond, et al.. On the nature of South Arabian influences in Ethiopia during the late first millennium BC: a pre-Aksumite settlement on the margins of the eastern Tigray plateau. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, Archaeopress 2020, 50, pp.19-36. ⟨halshs-02926829⟩

Conference papers3 documents

  • Anne Benoist, Iwona Gajda, Jérémie Schiettecatte, Ninon Blond. To what extent did South-Arabia impact Ethiopian development during Antiquity ? A view from the margins. Evolution of settlement in Wakarida region from the pre-Aksumite period until the end of the Aksumite kingdoms. 23es Rencontres Sabéennes, Out of Arabia. South Arabian long-distance trade in Antiquity, Jun 2019, Vienne, Austria. ⟨hal-03175071⟩
  • Anne Benoist, Iwona Gajda, Jérémie Schiettecatte, Ninon Blond. On the diffusion of Possible Sabaean influences in Ethiopia during the first mil. BC : A view from the margins of the eastern Tigray plateau. 53rd Seminar for Arabian Studies, Jul 2019, Leiden, Netherlands. ⟨hal-03175077⟩
  • Anne Benoist, Iwona Gajda, Jérémie Schiettecatte, Ninon Blond. Emprises et déprises agricoles aux marges du Tigray oriental dans les régions de Wolwalo et Wakarida durant les périodes proto-aksoumites et aksoumites. Red Sea Conference IX, Networked Spaces, Jul 2019, Lyon, France. ⟨hal-03175074⟩

Book sections1 document

  • Anne Benoist, Iwona Gajda, Jérémie Schiettecatte, Ninon Blond, Sabina Antonini. What was the South Arabian Impact on the Development of Ethiopian Margins in Antiquity? Evolution of Settlement Patterns in the Wakarida Region from pre-Aksumite to Late Aksumite Periods. George Hatke; Ronald Ruzicka. South Arabian Long-Distance Trade in Antiquity: "Out of Arabia", Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp.111-153, 2021, 978-1-5275-6456-5. ⟨halshs-03134032⟩

Other publications1 document

  • Anne Benoist, Ninon Blond, Jérémie Schiettecatte. De Wakarida à Wolwalo : en Éthiopie, la MAFTO prend ses quartiers sur le Plateau 2/2. 2020, ArchéOrient - Le Blog ( ⟨hal-03135649⟩

Reports1 document

  • Anne Benoist, Iwona Gajda, Jérémie Schiettecatte, Diaa Albukaai, Rozan Alkhatib-Alkontar, et al.. French-Ethiopian Archaeological Mission in Eastern Tigray (Ethiopia). Report on the 2020 season. The Region of Wolwalo.. [Research Report] CNRS; Université Lyon 2; Université de Strasbourg. 2020. ⟨halshs-02954201⟩