ArchaeoCafé Podcast – Episode 12 – Archaeograffiti: An interview with Grégoire van Havre

hosted by Otis Crandell

In this episode, I talk with Grégoire van Havre about rock art in northeastern Brazil, modelling ancient travel routes in Piauí, computer applications in archaeology, and educational inequalities.

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Some useful terminology and links

an image drawn or painted on a rock face; a form of rock art

Serra da Capivara National Park
a national park in the Northeastern region of Brazil. The area has many prehistoric paintings and has the largest and the oldest concentration of prehistoric sites in the Americas.

GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
a conceptualized framework that provides the ability to capture and analyze spatial and geographic data

a GIS software package for working with maps and geographic information maintained by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI).

a free and open-source cross-platform desktop geographic information system application that supports viewing, editing, and analysis of geospatial data.

CAA – Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology
CAA is an international organisation bringing together archaeologists, mathematicians and computer scientists. Its aims are to encourage communication between these disciplines, to provide a survey of present work in the field and to stimulate discussion and future progress.


About Grégoire van Havre

Dr. van Havre is a professor of archaeology at the Universidade Federal do Piauí in the city of Teresina, in northeastern Brazil. His work focuses on recurring motifs in rock art throughout the northeastern region of Brazil as well as on prehistoric movement of people in Piauí state. He is also the General Secretary of the Brazil branch of the CAA international organisation.




“history depends on your point of view.”
–Tim Allen



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