Christian Goudineau left us on May 9, 2018.
From 1968 to 1984, he was one of the best connoisseurs of Bolsena’s ancient Italicized ceramic techniques and productions, and he studied thousands of fragments to develop a typology of the Bolsena ceramicA chronology that is still authoritative today.
In 1984, he pronounced his inaugural lesson at the Collège de France and became, in the footsteps of Camille Jullian, holder of the chair of Antiquités Nationales. He never ceased to reinforce this teaching of history and archaeology of the Gallic, Roman and Gallo-Roman periods in the French university landscape.
Director of Historical Antiquities of Côte d'Azur from 1969 to 1982, Christian Goudineau also sat on the Superior Council of Archaeological Research from 1978, and chaired the scientific council of the European Centre of Mont Beuvray from 1985 to 2001.
In his "Report on National Archaeology", submitted to the Prime Minister in 1990, he spoke of the need for archaeology to have sustainable financial resources to move from an archaeology of "rescue" to an "preventive" archaeology. His proposal for a tax on all developments will be repeated a few years later.
The scientist was an exciting storyteller of the «Romanization» of Gaul, who also knew how to reach the widest audiences.
We are losing a very important figure in French archaeological research, a smuggler, a scout whose view of our past was one that allows us to better understand our present and to better envisage our future.
The Minister of Culture sends her deepest condolences to her family, friends and the archaeology community.