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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Building bridges between Iberian and British Archaeology

Workshop: 21st of June, 2018

In the post-Brexit horizon, it is important to reinforce the links between British and Iberian Archaeology to secure the future vitality of an already fruitful joint trajectory.This workshop on archaeological research in the Iberian Peninsula intends to bring together researchers working in the UK involved in this region. The main goals for the event are to create and consolidate collaborations between different research teams and academics within the UK; to promote new joint projects; to provide archaeologists based in the UK with more opportunities to secure funding; and to strengthen the relationships between the Spanish, Portuguese and UK archaeological traditions.

This one-day workshop includes short, ten-minute, presentations from all the participants aiming to encourage them to find synergies and bring together people with similar or complementary backgrounds. A round table to discuss the future of European scope archaeological research in post-Brexit UK and a closing keynote on the expansion of Neolithic along the Mediterranean coast in Iberia by Prof Peter Rowley-Conwy complete the programme, in which socialisation and networking will be prominent.

All archaeologists (PhD students, postdocs, lecturers…) based in the UK working in the Iberian Peninsula are welcome/encouraged to come to Durham University on the 21st of June to present their current projects and to establish new connections between British and Iberian academics.


09:30-10:00: Welcome to participants and coffee (Birley Room, Department of Archaeology).

10:00-12.30: Individual presentations (Birley Room, Department of Archaeology).

One Brit’s perspective: the archaeology of hunter-gatherers during the final Palaeolithic of northern Iberia James Walker

Prey, perception, and the nature of the earliest figurative art. Multidisciplinary approaches to the composition, context, visibility and perception of Upper Palaeolithic rock art in the Foz Côa, Portugal and Siega Verde, Spain (24,000 – 15,000 years Before Present) Lisa-Elen Meyering

The origins of art. Chronology, development, and behavioural implications of Palaeolithic cave art in the Cantabrian region Blanca Ochoa

Funerary practices and osteobiographies in Neolithic communities from Southern Iberia Jonathan A. Santana Cabrera

Ancient human DNA in Neolithic and pre-Neolithic Iberia: state of the art and future challenges Eva Fernández-Domínguez

Megaliths of the Middle Tagus: new (and older) excavations of Portuguese antas Chris Scarre

Stone axes and bracelets. Quarries and raw materials to understand the cultural relationships in the Late Prehistory of the south of the Iberian Peninsula Francisco Martínez-Sevilla

Combining Archaeology and Anthropology: From prehistoric personhood to the Ethnography of Archaeology Guillermo Díaz de Liaño del Valle

Archaeometallurgy and interdisciplinary research on Balearic Islands Prehistory Pau Sureda

New insights into animal husbandry practices in Chalcolithic Portugal Lizzie Wright

The impact of Mediterranean networks on Iberian craft production; the spread of the potter’s wheel (1200-200 BC) Beatrijs de Groot

Connecting Worlds Alicia Nunez-Garcia

Unravelling landscape biographies in the Western Cantabrian Mountains (NW Iberia) David González-Álvarez

12:30-13:15: Lunch (Common Room, Department of Archaeology).

13:15-14:15: Round Table “The future of Iberian Archaeology within United Kingdom beyond Brexit” (Birley Room). Speakers: Javier Escudero (SRUK president); Marcia Costa (PARSUK President of the Fiscal Council); Claudio Cavazzuti (Durham University) Chair: David González Álvarez (Durham University; INCIPIT, CSIC).

14.15- 16.00: Individual presentations (Birley Room, Department of Archaeology)

Finisterrae-Negotiating and contesting marginal landscapes on the western fringes of the Roman Empire João Fonte

Lighting in Lusitania: Material culture studies in Iberia Carolina Rangel de Lima

Urbanism and conflict in early Iberia: Insights from recent fieldwork Manuel Fernández-Götz

On war, on peace: assessing the impact of the Roman military presence in NW Iberia José Manuel Costa-García

Archeology of productive landscapes in the central Iberian System between the Iron Age and Late Antiquity Óscar Bonilla Santander & Begoña Serrano Arnáez

Not so few, but a bit far between. Studying ceramics from the Western Mediterranean and the Canary Islands Miguel del Pino Cubelo

Islamization as a socio-cultural change Jose Cristobal Carvajal Lopez

A landscape analysis of prehistoric northern Castile. Combining Geographical Information Systems with on field walkovers Andrés Pérez Arana

Prehistory and Survey in Iberian Prehistory: old scores and borrowed methodologies Borja Legarra Herrero

Activity-patterns in Portugal and the study of entheses Charlotte Henderson

16:00-16:30: Coffee (Birley Room, Department of Archaeology).

16:30-17:30: Keynote: Prof Peter Rowley-Conwy “What goes around, comes around: the spread of agriculture from Italy to Iberia” (Birley Room, Department of Archaeology).

18:00: Wine reception (Common Room, Department of Archaeology).

20:30: Dinner (optional, venue to be confirmed).


David González-Álvarez(Visiting Fellow, Durham University), Francisco Martínez-Sevilla(Visiting Fellow, Durham University), Blanca Ochoa (Visiting Fellow, Durham University), Jonathan Santana-Cabrera (Marie Curie Fellow, Durham University).

Supporting organisations:

  • Department of Archaeology, Durham University
  • SRUK (Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom)
  • PARSUK (Portuguese Association of Researchers and Students in the United Kingdom)