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Prof Ignacio de la Torre

Prof Ignacio de la Torre

Professor of Palaeolithic Archaeology

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2005

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

Teaching summary

  • Course co-ordinator: ARCL0101 Prehistoric Stone Artefact Analysis
  • Course co-ordinator: ARCL0122 Archaeology of Human Evolution in Africa

Current Research Students

  • Catalina Contreras Mira Lithic technology and raw material economy in Upper Ñirehuao valley (second supervisor Andrew Garrard)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Education

Birkbeck College
BSc Hons, Geology | 2015
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
PhD, Archaeology | 2005
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
MA, | 2000
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
BA, | 1998

Biography

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