Institute of Archaeology


Juan Antonio Quirós Castillo - Honorary Senior Research Associate

Juan Antonio Quiros Castillo

Juan Antonio Quirós Castillo was born in Oviedo (Spain) and graduated in History at the University of Oviedo, where he was awarded his PhD in Medieval History and Archaeology. His education in archaeology is based on the participation of an important amount of archaeological projects in Spain, Italy and France.

He was appointed as researcher at the University of Sasssari (1994-1995), the Spanish School of History and Archaeology at Roma (1996-1998) and the University of Siena (1999-2000). At Pisa he taught Archaeology of Architecture (1999-2000) and he returned in Spain in 2000. He was a Lecturer (2000-2001), Senior Lecturer (2001-2010) of Medieval Archaeology at the University of the Basque Country.

In 2010 he was appointed to the Department of Geography, Prehistory and Archaeology as Professor in Archaeology. He was visiting lecturer at the universities of London, Lisbon, Bologna, Siena, Padova and Florence.

He is the researcher in charge of the interdisciplinary Research Group in Heritage and Cultural Landscapes of the University of the Basque Country. Moreover, he is involved in the editorial board of different journals and series including Documentos de Arqueología Medieval.

Research Interests

  • Mediterranean Archaeology
  • Medieval Archaeology
  • Archaeology of Architectures
  • Social inequality
  • Agrarian Archaeology
  • Peasant Archaeology
  • Archaeology of power

Juan is working with Andrew Reynolds in the study of rural settlement in early medieval Europe; they are currently preparing the edition of the Aistra project. Working with Dorian Fuller, he is also studying agriculture practices in Early Medieval Basque villages.  He is also studying with David Larreina, metal production in the Basque Country during Medieval times.