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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

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Dr Antonio Blanco-Gonzalez

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Marie Curie Fellow in the Department of Archaeology

After completing a BA in History (University of Salamanca, Spain) I got involved in archaeological fieldwork on non-megalithic barrows in a three-year research program directing a group of 10-15 people in archaeological excavations and intensive surveys. In 2009 I was awarded a PhD in the University of Salamanca with a dissertation directed by Prof. Angel Esparza on the Later Bronze Age & Early Iron Age settlement in the southern part of the Northern Meseta using GIS (Extraordinary Prize Award). After that I was hired for a year as archaeologist-technician with the Autonomous Government of Castilla y León (2010) and then I worked as archaeologist in the commercial sector (2011).

At the moment I hold an Intra-European Marie Curie fellowship at the Department of Archaeology to develop the post-doctoral research project entitled: Materiality and depositional practices in the later Prehistory in Europe: an interdisciplinary approach using central Iberia (Spain) record as a case study. This complete training-through-research program is supervised by Prof. John C. Chapman and is aimed at examining several selected ceramic assemblages through a two-fold approach: a thorough micro-scale study (i.e. the cultural biography, taphonomy and thin section examination of sherds) and a wider scale study on the connectivity and relationality between people, things and places (i.e. the re-fitting methodology and the intensive use of GIS). Those approaches are allowing for the ‘deliberate fragmentation premise’ to be tested in the Iberian archaeological record through a diachronic account, from the Early Neolithic to the Late Bronze Age (5800-1100 BC). In order to do so, the project focuses on complementary depositional contexts along a continuous scale of formality in the social practices involved in their formation (pit sites, barrows, tombs, domestic dwellings, votive offerings, ‘middens’, ‘structured depositions’, etc.).

I currently participate as researcher in two research projects funded by the Spanish National Plan of Research and Development: New finds and new perspectives in the study of the human remains in the Cogotas I culture (HAR 2009-10105) (PI: Prof. Angel Esparza) and Territories and local identities in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula in the Early Middle Ages: spatial analysis of the rock carved tombs (HAR2010-21950-C03-02Hist) (PI: Dr. Iñaki Martin Viso).

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  • Materiality and depositional practices in the later Prehistory in Europe: an interdisciplinary approach using central Iberia (Spain) record as a case study


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