Dabas Michel



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ORDCID number: 0000-0001-7405-3453

Michel DABAS is born in Paris in 1961. His first experiments on the use of geophysical methods for the detection of archaeological sites date from 1978 with a particular interest for the emerging field of Mining Archaeology. He graduates from the School and Earth Observatory (EOPGS) in Strasbourg in 1984 and joined the Centre of Geophysical Research of Garchy (team of professors A. Tabbagh and A. Hesse). He developed laboratory measuring systems for the magnetic properties of soils, as well as the first towed systems for the measurement of electrical resistivity. He joined the CNRS in 1991. He is developing multi-depth towed electrical systems with satellite positioning systems as well as GPR and electrostatic measurement systems. Since 1994, he is developing geophysical methods in the field of soil studies. In 2001, he set up a spin-off: GEOCARTA for the industrial development of geophysical methods for the study of soils in precision agriculture (ARP © system). In parallel, towed systems for measuring the magnetic and electromagnetic properties of soils were developed for archaeological applications and territorial management. The processing of large agricultural areas has been the starting point for software developments since 2008: the creation of a sensor-orientated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and a web-based GIS. In twenty years, he managed a set of more than 450 missions on archaeological sites in France and abroad. Since 2016, he returned to CNRS in the Archaeology Department of the ENS. He develops approaches for the provision of interactive maps on the web (chronocarto.eu portal) and focuses on the application of geophysical methods for archaeological sites.


  • Novo, M. Dabas, G. Morelli, 2012 : Fast High-Resolution Archaeological Mapping : STREAM X tested at Vieil-Evreux (France), Archaeological prospection, 19, 3, p. 179-189.

  • O. De Cazanove, J. Vidal, M. Dabas, G. Caraire, 2012 : Alesia, forme urbaine et topographie religieuse, l’apport des prospections et des fouilles récentes, Gallia, 69, p. 127-151.

  • G. Bossuet, M. Thivet, S. Trillaud, E. Marmet, C. Laplaige, M. Dabas, G. Hulin, A. Favard, L. Combe, E. Barres, S. Lacaze, L. Aubry, M. Chassang, A. Mourot, C. Camerlinck, 2012 : City Map of Ancient Epomanduodurum (Mandeure–Mathay, Franche-Comté, Eastern France) : Contribution of Geophysical Prospecting Techniques, Archaeological Prospection, 19, 4, p. 261-280.

  • M. Dabas, 2016 : Electrical surveying in Monografies d’Ullastret3, Working with buried remains at Ullastret (Catalonia), ed. Museud’Arqueologia de Catalunya, p.63-69.

  • M. Dabas, 2016 : Preventive Archaeology in France and the contribution of extensive geophysics : from ARP to web-GIS. In “Looking to the Future, Caring for the Past. Preventive Archaeology in Theory and Practice. Proceedings of the 2013-2014 Erasmus IP Summer Schools in Preventive Archaeology : Evaluating sites and landscapes. Methods and techniques for evaluating the archaeological value”, p. 59-69, Bononia University Press, Bologna, Italie.

  • M. Dabas, 2017 : Prospections archéologiques à grande échelle et géophysique pour les grands projets, Archéologies numériques, 2, 2, 1-8.

  • M. Dabas, 2018 : L’archéo-géophysique ou la détection et cartographie des sites archéologiques, Revue des Amis de St Céré, 117- 124.

  • M. Dabas, Y. Riahi, 2018 : Penser l’espace du terrain à la toile : de Arkéoplan à Chronocarto, in : Monnaies et archéologie en Europe celtique, Mélanges en l’honneur de Katherine Gruel, Bibracte ed., 29,53-58.