The Université de Bordeaux (UB) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) are two European partner institutions of the Bakeng se Afrika consortium. UB is a leading university in France for internationalisation. Indeed, UB collaborates with partners in more than 80 different countries and four different continents. Conventions have been signed with over 500 institutions, representing approximately a thousand cooperation conventions (approximately 106 bilateral student exchange conventions and 30 double or joint degrees). UB's goal is to encourage and accompany the development of our international collaboration with these privileged partners in education, research and innovation. Research is a driving force at UB. The excellence of its competencies in all scientific fields was recognised in July 2011 when the university was awarded the "Initiative of Excellence" label and established world-class clusters of excellence in several scientific fields including Archaeology.
From Prehistory to the Present: Culture, Environment and Anthropology (PACEA) laboratory
PACEA is a mixed unit of research hosting scientists employed either by UB, the CNRS, Ministry of Culture and Communication, or EPHE (École Pratique des Hautes Études). The lab’s research activity comprises three multi-disciplinary themes: (1) From biological diversity to bioarchaeology; (2) Archaeology of death, rites, and symbols; (3) Environments, populations, and life ways. Multiple methodological axes and analytical techniques are developed thanks to the availability of the latest high-end technical facilites, particularly in multi-dimensional imaging.
UB and the CNRS contribute to the Bakeng se Afrika project by promoting, marketing and disseminating results with various websites, publications and conferences. UB and CNRS are also actively involved in the project implementation by hosting postgraduate students and staff members from South Africa and sending students from UB to other participating South African universities for digital data generation, data collection and other activities. UB and CNRS take part in formalising research projects, writing protocols and SOP's, assisting in 3D imaging methodology.