Institute of Archaeology

Prof Ignacio de la Torre

Prof Ignacio de la Torre

Honorary Professor

Institute of Archaeology

Faculty of S&HS

Joined UCL
10th Oct 2019

Research summary

Research Interests

  •     Lithic technology
  •     Site formation processes
  •     Palaeolithic archaeology
  •     Hunter-gatherers

Research Projects  

  •    The Archaeology of Human Evolution

  •     Excavations at Buendía rockshelter, Spain
  •     Excavations at Cova Gran, Spain
  •     Excavations at Roca dels Bous, Spain
  •     ORACEAF: Origins of the Acheulean at Olduvai
  •     Paleoanthropological Research in the Ethiopian Rift Valley
  •     Percussive Technology in Human Evolution: A Comparative Approach

Current Research Students

  • Ana Vital: Pleistocene palaeoecology of Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania) through the study of archaeological sedimenrs (joint principal supervisor Manuel Arroyo-Kalin)
  • Stefania Cucuteanu The palaeoecology of Bovidae Fauna at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania: A complete taxonomic assessment of Beds I-IV and the abiotic and biotic interactions in Plio-Pleistocene faunal communities (secondary supervisor Louise Martin)
  • Xin Ding Site formation processes, Pleistocene assemblages, and hominin behavioural patterns at open-air sites in lake margin environments (joint principal supervisor Andrew Bevan, secondary supervisor Yijie Zhang)
  • Alexander Kabelindde Technological Behaviour of Homo Erectus at Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania) (secondary supervisor Tomos Proffitt)
  • Carmen Martin Ramos Homo erectus behavioural and cognitive evolution at Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania). A technological approach (joint principal supervisor Silvia Bello secondary supervisor James Steele)
  • Daniela Osorio Ferrada Early occupation of the Highlands of Chile and Peru: Technology, activities and mobility routes: an interpretative model (joint first supervisor James Steele)

Teaching summary


Birkbeck College
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 2015
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2005
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2000
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1998


  • PhD
  • Honorary Professor of Palaeolithic Archaeology