Joseba Rios Garaizar,
I’m a Palaeolithic archaeologist working at Max Planck Institute for two years on a Basque Government post-doctoral grant. My work is focused on lithic industry analysis, concretely in the way lithic provisioning is managed by the societies implied in the so called Middle to Upper Palaeolithic Transition. I utilize different analytical procedures like raw material determination, technological, morphometrical, typological, use-wear and spatial analysis, to obtain an integral perspective of lithic economy. I think that lithic economy in context offers us new elements to understand change, transformation and rupture processes, also providing valuable insights in order to approach to an interpretation of social-historical changes along the Transition.
I’ve analysed with such perspective different assemblages of Eastern Cantabrian Region (Isturitz- Protoaurignacian-, Labeko Koba- Chatelperronian-, Axlor- Mousterian- and Amalda-Mousterian) obtaining important clues to understand Final Middle Palaeolithic and Initial Upper Palaeolithic societies in this concrete region.
Department of Human Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6