Dr. Paula García-Medrano

Dr. Paula García Medrano, British Museum - Marie Skłodowska Curie IF-EF-ST Fellowship. Archaeologist specialized on Early Palaeolithic stone tools (raw materials, knapping processes) and specifically on the Acheulean contexts and Large Cutting Tools, its production patterns and its geographical and temporal variability. She obtained her PhD in 2011 at the University of Burgos (Spain), comparing the Middle Pleistocene industries of Atapuerca (Galeria and Gran Dolina - TD10.1, Spain) and Boxgrove (UK). Her current research focuses on the Middle Pleistocene industries of the Western side of Europe. She has particular interest on the human dispersals occurring from Iberia to the North West Europe between 0.7 - 0.3 Ma, and how we could track these population dynamics through the analysis of the lithic remains. The base of her research is the combination of traditional methods of analysis on lithic tools with geometrics morphometricanalysis, 3D models, and modelling. She has been member of the Atapuerca Research Team since 1999. She is currently sharing the coordination of the Galería site fieldwork in Atapuerca (Burgos, Spain). She is also member of the Method IFG Project (CENIEH, Burgos, Spain) and the Prehistoric Archaeology Research Group (University of Burgos, Spain).

Dr. Nick Ashton

Dr. Nick Ashton, BA, PhD. As a Senior Curator in Palaeolithic Archaeology he is committed to management of the project and will provide full supervision and training for the researcher. In particular he will train and discuss in the key element of lithic analysis. He will also oversee the management of the project and ensure that key deliverables are provided according to the timetable. He will coordinate and run regular supervision meetings with the research fellow, and ensure that there are regular updates and project meetings with the partners. He has directed other large research projects and firmly believes that both informal and formal communication between supervisor, research fellow and the partners are essential for a successful outcome. Finally, he will ensure access to the wider range of British Museum facilities and training programmes to ensure that the researcher gains from the experience of curation, conservation and public dissemination within an international museum environment. 

Dr. Marie-Hélène Moncel


Dr. Marie-Hélène Moncel is a director of research at the CNRS - UMR 7194 (Department of Prehistory, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France). She is a specialist of hominin behaviors, in particular technology and land use patterns, from the earliest occupations in Europe to Neanderthal occupations. She has directed several international research and field programs, including the recent programs focusing on Acheulean and Homo heidelbergensis behavior in Europe between 700 and 500 ka. She has had the opportunity to excavate la Noira (the earliest known Acheulean French site), the famous Abbeville sites (Carpentier, Leon and Moulin Quignon quarries) in France and has been working for several years in Italy on the famous localities of the Ceprano basin. She is now the director of excavations at the site of Notarchirico in Italy. She is the author of 275 papers, including 170 papers in ISI-indexed peer-reviewed journals. She has also contributed to exhibitions at the National Natural History Museum, as well as in other French and foreign museums dedicated to Prehistory and the Palaeolithic. She belongs to an Erasmus Mundus "Prehistory and Quaternary" network and used to give lectures and supervise Master's and PhD students at the Universities of Ferrara in Italy and Tarragona in Spain.

Dr. Andreu Ollé


Dr. Andreu Ollé is a researcher at IPHES (Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social) and an associate lecturer at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain). His particular interests are the Early Palaeolithic stone tools (raw materials, knapping processes, Oldowan and Acheulean assemblages), the function of stone tools (microwear and residues analyses, experimental archaeology), the general application of microscopic studies to archaeological materials, and how all that can help to improve our knowledge on the early human settlement of Europe.
He has been a member of the Atapuerca Research Team since 1990, specializing in Palaeolithic Lithic Technology and Microwear analysis. He is currently sharing the coordination of the Gran Dolina site fieldwork in Atapuerca (Burgos, Spain). Other main ongoing projects are focused on the early human settlement in the Tarragona region (Spain), the Middle-Upper Palaeolithic transition in the Khorramabad valley (Iran), and the monitoring and quantification of tool microwear through advanced microscopic techniques.

Dr. Adrian Evans

Dr. Adrian Evans is a Research Fellow at the University of Bradford. His background is broad based with a strong theme of applying and developing novel techniques to archaeological problems. This has primarily being in stone tool analysis where he has introduced the use of trace-element microanalysis and surface metrology to bring quantification to the field of lithic functional studies. He is also involved in other novel digital technologies and most recently in an online Citizen Science project for identifying surface scatters of stone tools and faunal remains in East Turkana, Kenya. He is manager of the AHRC-funded Fragmented Heritage Project.

Dr. Sergi Lozano

Dr. Sergi Lozano, is a 'Ramón y Cajal' (tenure track) Research Fellow. Originally trained as a telecommunications engineer, he has focused most of his work on the study of social systems. He joined IPHES in January 2012 after 4 years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Chair of Sociology, in Particular Modelling and Simulation of ETH Zurich, where he acquired research experience on Complex Systems and Quantitative Analysis in a multidisciplinary and international environment. His teaching responsibilie co-coordinates the course on Statistics and coordinator at Universitat Rovira I Virgili, as part of the Erasmus Mundus Master's Program "Prehistory and Quaternary".