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

  • PhD
  • Honorary Professor of Palaeolithic Archaeology

Research Themes
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

Academic Background
2015   Bachelor of Science Birkbeck College
2005   Doctor of Philosophy Universidad Complutense de Madrid
2000   Master of Arts Universidad Complutense de Madrid
1998   Bachelor of Arts Universidad Complutense de Madrid
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