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Dr Jonathan Santana-Cabrera

Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Archaeology
Room number: 331

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I am currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University under the supervision of Dr Andrew Millard. I am particularly interested in the human bioarcheology of Neolithic societies (Near East and Iberia), Canarian Archaeology and Archaeology of Slavery.

My research project (funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions) aims at exploring the impact of agro-pastoral practices on diet and reconstructing the links between humans, early domesticates, and wild animals during the course of the Near Eastern Neolithic transition (, the acronym of “Isotopic evidence for diet and mobility during the Neolithic transition to farming in the Near East”. This project focuses on isotopic analysis of human and animal remains from a series of Early Neolithic communities from Jordan, Israel and Saudi Arabia, between the 9th and 5th millennia BC.

I completed my doctoral dissertation titled “Daily Pattern of Physical Activity and Social Organization of Labour in the Pre-Hispanic Gran Canaria: The Contribution of the Skeletal Markers of Physical Activity, (11th-15th AD Centuries)”, in the Department of Historical Sciences at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. Between 2012-2014, I was postdoctoral researcher in Canarian Archaeology at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. From 2014 to 2015, I was Prometeo researcher at the University of Santa Elena (Ecuador). I have also participated as archaeologist in several projects of preventive archaeology. 


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