Lines of research

Sileshi Semaw

Archaeology of Human Origins

This line of research centers on studying how hominins lived by means of the materials left in the archaeological record. Stone tools and the associated animal bones are the principal source of information for researching and understanding how human culture originated and evolved.
Toahiyuki Fujioka

Cosmogenic Nuclides

This research line utilises terrestrial cosmic-ray-produced (= cosmogenic) nuclides to investigate timescales and rates of earth surface processes to understand past climate and environmental conditions that have great implications to hominid migrations and settlements.
Foto de José Mª Bermúdez de Castro Risueño

Dental Anthropology

This line of research carries out classic morphometry studies, as well as 2D and 3D morphometric analyses using computerized axial microtomography (μCT scan), of the dentition of hominins of the Pliocene and Pleistocene, as well as modern humans.
Davinia Moreno García

Electron Spin Resonance

This line of research is focused on Electron Spin Resonance (ESR), a highly versatile dating method that can be applied to a wide range of materials, the most widely used being tooth enamel and the optically bleached quartz grains extracted from sediment.
Leslea Jane Hlusko

Genetic influences on dental variation

This research line focuses in three aims: developing new methods that characterize dental variation in accordance with the underlying genetic influences; exploring how the underlying mechanisms have evolved through time; and interpreting the evolution of the non-dental traits that are related through shared genetic effects.
Alicia Medialdea Utande

Luminescence

The aim of this research line is to develop and improve the methodology of luminescence dating and apply this technique to studies on human evolution and understanding of geological processes
Amanda Gutiérrez Carbajal

Paleoproteomics

This line of research is focused on the study of ancient proteins. Proteins are more stable than DNA so their information can be preserved for millions of years in different bio-mineralized tissues such as bones, teeth, or even eggshells.
Manuel Santonja Gómez

Spatial Archaeology

This line of research centers on studying spatial aspects of the archaeological record as a consequence of the activities of hominins at sites and in the landscape to understand, prioritize and integrate archaeological units into social and paleoenvironmental contexts and try to establish predictive models of territorial occupation
Mohamed Sahnouni

Technology and Traceology of lithic industies

The Technology and Traceology of lithic industries are complementary lines of research. Lithic Technology studies lithic artifacts of the Paleolithic. Through analytical methodologies, lithic assemblages are characterized in terms of technological and typological patterns emphasizing their technological sophistication and implications for hominin technological behavior.
Nohemi Sala Burgos

Zooarchaeology and Taphonomy

This line of research is in the Archaeological and Paleobiology programs. Zooarchaeology and Taphonomy are two disciplines with origins in very different fields of science. Nevertheless, their application to the world of the Quaternary has meant that they share many objectives, methods and techniques, which has often led to the two terms being used interchangeably, almost as synonyms.