The Aïn Beni Mathar-Guefaït region lies in the northwestern extreme of a great physiographic unit of the Maghreb. In the north of this region, the Guefaït 4 site offers an assemblage of large mammals, including elephants, rhinoceros, hippopotamus and, above all, a primitive species of horse, Hipparion. This community of mammals is accompanied by a sizable number of rodents and reptiles, dominated by a giant turtle, which places the site at the start of the Quaternary, with a lake set in a savanna environment.
This project entitled: "The Pleistocene and the Holocene of the Sierra de Atapuerca. Hominid settlement patterns in Europe, chronological, spatial and environmental framework, and cognition and technology", granted for the period 2019-2021, focuses on Geology , Paleoecology and Paleobiology of hominids during Pleistocene and Holocene in the Sierra de Atapuerca (Burgos, Spain)
This project entitled "The transition from aggradation to degradation in Iberian Cenozoic basins: Chronostratigraphic framework" aims to establish the chronology of selected fluvial terraces in the two principal Iberian Cenozoic basins, one a foreland basin (Ebro) and the other intracratonic (Duero), to bound the start of basin incision and excavation in time
This project, entitled "Variability in human behavior during the European Middle Pleistocene: Coexistence of the Acheulean and the Middle Paleolithic in the Iberian Peninsula" (COHUPLEME), aims to study the coexistence of the Acheulean and Middle Paleolithic technocomplexes at several open-air sites in the Iberian Peninsula
Este proyecto trata de comprender la naturaleza de los asentamientos neandertales entre hace 115 y 45 mil años en el valle de Alzolaras (Gipuzkoa). Para ello se ha revisado el yacimiento de Amalda I y se están desarrollando excavaciones arqueológicas en Amalda III.
Death and mortality is an experience shared by all humans. This is why death plays an important role in almost all cultures around the world. A central part of this shared experience is the presence of funerary rites and practices. However, little is known about when these practices emerged. The EU-funded DEATHREVOL project aims to reach a conclusion on the time of the first emergence of this 'culture of death'. As such, it will conduct classical and innovative taphonomic analyses in addition to researching fossil records concerning samples from the Middle Pleistocene and European Paleolithic periods to find traces of funerary rites. The project's results will reveal important insights regarding various behavioral aspects of these early populations.
PUSHH is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network (ETN), a scientific commitment by the European Union, within the framework of excellence and innovation, to advance in paleoproteomics science. This European project aims to develop a strategic, powerful training platform to equip the next generation of palaeoanthropologists, palaeontologists and archaeologists, with the skills to exploit the latest biomolecular technologies and to significantly advance our knowledge about biological and cultural evolution of humans. One of the most important pillars in the PUSHH project is its multidisciplinary, through the creation of a coherent and powerful training environment, and by promoting collaborative initiatives on different research disciplines with the same common goal. At the same time, the project develops a community of scientists who confidently communicate with each other, combining advanced concepts across highly specialized disciplines from both humanities and experimental sciences.
El proyecto está dedicado a la investigación del comportamiento humano durante el Pleistoceno Inferior en África del Este, está financiado por la Fundación PALARQ con un importe de 15.000 € El objetivo general de este proyecto es la formulación de modelos interpretativos de la conducta de Homo erectus durante la primera fase del Achelense, mediante el análisis de su conducta tecnológica, subsistencial y de las dinámicas de ocupación del territorio, que permitirán comprender sus características esenciales, y determinar si las diferencias observadas con los yacimientos achelenses de menos de 1 Ma son debidas a la variabilidad de la adaptación al medio de Homo erectus o a otras causas.
This research project proposes to conduct comprehensive paleoanthropological investigations at the Early Stone Age site of Tighennif (ex. Ternifine) (Algeria). Tighennif has yielded the oldest North African hominins associated with faunas and Acheulean stone tools. The Principal Investigator and his team recently launched new research at Tighennif and has discovered in situ fossil bones and Acheulean stone tools, with great potential to investigate H. erectus behavioral patterns and how this hominin species lived in dry/open environment during the Lower-Middle Pleistocene boundary. Our multidisciplinary investigations at Tighennif consist of expanding the excavations in the deposits excavated recently, and to assess the integrity of the site; reconstructing North African paleoecology for understanding the relationship between the environment and H. erectus tool use behavior; characterizing the Acheulean lithic technology; exploring H. erectus subsistence patterns; and firmly dating Tighennif deposits. The proposed research at Tighennif is part of a broader research framework of key Algerian Lower Paleolithic sites for investigating ancestral hominin biological and behavioral evolution in North Africa.
This project, entitled "Economy of raw materials, patterns of behavior and occupation of the territory associated with technological development in the Olduvai gorge (Tanzania). 2" (HAR2017-82463-C4-2P) is structured around the site of the beginning of the Achelense of Thiongo Korongo (TK), in which the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Universidad de Valladolid also participate