tesselle is a collection of R packages for research and teaching in archaeology. These packages focus on quantitative analysis methods developed for archaeology. The tesselle packages are designed to work seamlessly together and to complement general-purpose and other specialized statistical packages.

kairos nexus tabula khroma dimensio folio

Yet another package

There are more than 15,000 packages available on CRAN, so there is more than enough to cover most analytical needs. There are many great packages available, tesselle is not intended to compete with them or replace them. Rather, it is a matter of contributing to a diverse environment.

tesselle is born from a progressive change of research practices within our laboratories with three key objectives:

Last but not least, these packages are useful to us, we hope that others may also find them of interest.


tesselle is at the early stages of development and includes packages that were not necessarily designed with the same logic. This means that we will make changes in existing packages and continue to publish new ones. You can follow the next steps of the project on GitHub and fell free to contribute.


The tessel project is coordinated by Nicolas Frerebeau.

The following contributors have made it possible to develop this project through their helpful discussion and by sharing ideas (list by name):

Vincent Arel-Bundock 0000-0003-2042-7063
Jean-Baptiste Fourvel 0000-0002-1061-4642
Nicolas Frerebeau 0000-0001-5759-4944
Brice Lebrun 0000-0001-7503-8685
Ben Marwick 0000-0001-7879-4531
Matthew Peeples 0000-0003-4496-623X
Anne Philippe 0000-0002-5331-5087

Institutional support

This project is supported by:

Centre de Recherche et d’Etudes pour l’Art Préhistorique MSHS-Toulouse (USR 3414)
Maison de la Recherche
Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès
F-31058 Toulouse cedex 9
Centre de Recherche en Physique Appliquée à l’Archéologie IRAMAT (UMR 5060)
Maison de l’Archéologie
Université Bordeaux Montaigne
F-33607 Pessac cedex
TGIR Huma-Num UMS 3598
54, boulevard Raspail
F-75006 Paris


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