Biography

Hi there, welcome! I’m an archaeologist, currently working at the Laboratory for Traceology and Controlled Experiments (TraCEr) lab at MONREPOS, Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for Human Behavioural Evolution, RGZM (https://web.rgzm.de/), in Neuwied, Germany (please find more info about the institute and lab here https://monrepos.rgzm.de/en/tracer/?).

I’m also an Assistant Professor at the Department of History at University of Évora (https://www.uevora.pt), and Associated Researcher at the ICArEHB, Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behaviour, University of Algarve (http://www.icarehb.com/).

This website is about my research on Pleistocene Archaeology! The main aim of this personal and independent webpage is to disseminate my research, share data and details about my projects in the field of lithic technology, traceology and experiments. Feel free to contact me if you have any ideas and/or inputs! They’re all very welcome!

I’ll be regularly updating this site with news on my projects, papers and other stuff, but you can also find me on Twitter, GitHub and ResearchGate.

Interests

  • Stone tool production, design and use
  • Paleolithic archaeology
  • Lihic raw material
  • Repreducible research and FAIR principles
  • Robots in experimental archaeology

Education

  • PhD in Archaeology, 2013

    Universidade do Algarve

  • MA in Archaeology, 2009

    Universidade do Algarve

  • BA in Cultural Heritage, 2007

    Universidade do Algarve

Recent Publications

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Using mechanical experiments to study ground stone tool use: Exploring the formation of percussive and grinding wear traces on limestone tools

This paper explores the functionality of Ground Stone tool on Limestone and the formation of use-wear traces. Driven by the tool-type variability observed in the Middle Paleolithic of the Levant, we combine experimental and use-wear analysis through a multi-scale and high-resolution approach. A new experimental setup for percussion and grinding replication is also presented and discussed. These data is a fundamental library for the interpretation of the archaeological record.

Quina Retouch Does Not Maintain Edge Angle Over Reduction

In this study we aimed to evaluate the impact of Quina Retouch on the maintenance of the edge angle on the Middle Paleolithic scrapers. By addressing this question we also discussed past human technological strategies and techniques to improve stone tool function and durability over time.

Evaluating the microscopic effect of brushing stone tools as a cleaning procedure

The main goal of this study was to test the influence of different cleaning procedures applied on micro surface texture of stone tools. With this paper, we also aimed to stress-out the need of adopting cleaning methods that do not affect the microscopi analysis of artifacts surface.

A versatile mechanized setup for controlled experiments in archeology

This paper aims to discuss the contribution of using mechanical apparatus on archaeological experimentation. In this paper, this discussion is illustrated by the presentation of a versatile linear robot used in our experimental workshop at MONREPOS.

Rethinking Use-Wear Analysis and Experimentation as Applied to the Study of Past Hominin Tool Use

In this paper we discuss major topic related to use-wear analysis and, the importance of archaeological experimentation. As needed, we review the state-of-the-art on use-wear methods and experiments and, at the same time, hightlight the need of methodological standards and protocols. One of the most importance aspects discussed in our study is also the holistic perspective that researchers should take when inferring on stone tool use.

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Junior Research Group Leader

TraCEr, MONREPOS, RGZM.

Jan 2017 – Present Neuwied, Germany
 
 
 
 
 

Adjunct Lecture

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität

Jan 2017 – Present Mainz, Germany
 
 
 
 
 

Associated scientist

ICArEHB, International research Centre for archaeology and evolution of Human behavior

Jan 2017 – Present Faro, Portugal
 
 
 
 
 

Postodoctoral fellow

ICArEHB, UAlg & IMF-CSCI

Jan 2014 – Dec 2016 Faro, Portugal & Barcelona, Spain
 
 
 
 
 

Visiting Assistant Professor

Universidade do Algarve. Faculdade das Ciências Humanas e Sociais

Jan 2013 – Dec 2017 Faro, Portugal

Accomplish­ments

StoneUseWear, Using controlled experiments and 3D data quantification to understand stone use-wear formation

The contribution of use-wear and residue analysis for the study of the Earliest Anatomically Modern Humans in Southwestern Iberian Peninsula

The lithic organization and variability during the Gavettian in the Iberian Peninsula

Recent Posts

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Funding sources

Recent & Upcoming Talks

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Teaching

Arqueologia das Soc e Culturas Pré- e Proto-Históricas (PT)

Bibliografia em formato digital (solicitar a password de acesso na aula) Manuais de consulta obrigatória: Bibliogrfia complementar (artigos científicos e capítulos de livros): Material auxiliar usado em aula (e.g. Powerpoint):

Arqueologia Laboratorial (PT)

Bibliografia em formato digital (solicitar a password de acesso na aula) Bibliogrfia complementar (artigos científicos e capítulos de livros): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ere74w2rxq992bm/AACD42exqsNpGufwTNkW_pG6a?dl=0 Material auxiliar usado em aula (e.g. Powerpoint): adicionado no Moodle institucional

Arqueologia, Teoria e Método (PT)

Bibliografia em formato digital (solicitar a password de acesso na aula) Manuais de consulta obrigatória: Bibliogrfia complementar (artigos científicos e capítulos de livros): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qu63bobt4yjtgfm/AACH3Hfwbkt6Q3kbRsozTP0Ka?dl=0 Material auxiliar usado em aula (e.

Excavation Methods, Culture and Context in Archaeology (ENG)

Bibliography in digital format (request password during class) Handbooks (mandatory reading): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iqa37kl6hllwzkj/AACNVtzjIBxuGO6w3eavjLyYa?dl=0 Supplementary bibligraphy (papers and book chapters): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k7pzsyrdloqpvel/AABsXPhAx4grV-7aaCyki7ATa?dl=0

Expressõs artisticas Pré- e Proto-História (PT)

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Contact

  • Schloss MONREPOS, Neuwied, RP 56567
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