Augustin Holl earned his PhD at the University Paris I – Pantheon-Sorbonne (1983) and his Habilitation Doctorate at the University of Paris-X Nanterre (1994). He was Professor at the University of California, San Diego, Professor and Curator at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Visiting-Professor at the University Cheikh-Anta Diop, Dakar, and is now Professor and Vice-president for International Relations at the University Paris-Ouest, Nanterre – La Défense and Research-Associate at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. His research focuses on the origins of food production, Metallurgy, and the emergence of social complexity in West Africa and the Southern Levant, the archaeology of rock art, mortuary archaeology, and Ethnoarchaeology. He has conducted field work in the Negev in Israel, Northern Cameroon, Northwestern Burkina Faso, and is currently director of a research program on the Senegambian megalithism. Professor Holl has published ten books, edited two volumes and published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and collections of essays.