The “joy plant” or a persistant factoïd

The opium poppy is of interest to several disciplines (medical, anthropology, geopolitics, etc.) and more particularly its use in medicinal or ritual recipes, since the ancient period in the Near East and in the Mediterranean area. It is precisely to illustrate the thousand-year-old narcotic use of the opium poppy that a factoid is still used today in scientific literature.

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Visit to the Musée de Matière médicale in Paris

Following the reading of a paper (Debue-Barazer et al. 2002) about collections related to the opium poppy in Musée François Tillequin, we organized a small visit in June 2019 to conclude the Fyssen project on a high note. And we were not deceived!

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Administrateur de base de données (développeur d’application) (F/H)

During this project, an information system (web interface and database) will be set up. It will include the interfaces of input and consultation of the database. The aim is to built the database structure allowing the storage, the follow-up, the perpetuation and the re-use of the information relating to the dispersal of the opium poppy in the past, by exploiting the data in a GIS software like QGIS.

Deadline of the application: 30/06/2022.

Location: MNHN, Paris (France).


Update: the job is now filled. We look forward to working with Linda Angulo Lopez as of October 1, 2022 !

Opium Poppy

This Carnet aims to present the results of an ongoing research around the origin of the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum L.).

This project began in 2018 with the obtaining of funding from the Fyssen Foundation (coord. A. Salavert, MNHN) and the Agrichange project (coord. F. Antolin, univ. Basel) has laid the foundation for a long-term collaborative project. Two grants have been obtained in 2022, ANR JCJC Poppy (France) and FTC DOPE (Portugal) to pursue this research. The project is based on archaeological material, as well as on a sampling of modern and historical biodiversity conserved in seed banks and herbaria. It uses multidisciplinary analyses – archaeobotany, dating techniques, genomics, geometric morphometrics (GMM), spatial analyses.

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