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.
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.
Alicia Medialdea Utande


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


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.
Joaquín Panera Gallego

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.