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Prof Ignacio de la Torre
Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
  • Professor of Palaeolithic Archaeology
  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Faculty of S&HS

Research Themes
Research Summary
Research Interests

    Lithic technology
    Site formation processes
    Palaeolithic archaeology

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)

Academic Background
2015 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science – Geology Birkbeck College
2005 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Archaeology Universidad Complutense de Madrid
2000 MA Master of Arts Universidad Complutense de Madrid
1998 BA Bachelor of Arts Universidad Complutense de Madrid
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