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Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

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Andrea Picin

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology 
Department of Human Evolution
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig 
Germany 

phone: 0049 (0) 341 3550 375 
e-mail: andrea_picin@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research Interests
Curriculum Vitae
Publications

Research Interests

Andrea Picin is a Paleolithic archaeologist specialized in lithic technology. His research focuses on the reconstruction of the adaptation of prehistoric hunter-gatherers to the climatic fluctuations of the Late Pleistocene and on the influence of the ecological settings in the development of different technical and subsistence behaviors. His research interest on Neanderthals and the processes that caused their extinction began during his studies at Universitat Rovira I Virgili (Tarragona, Spain), where he achieved a Ph.D. in Quaternary Science and Prehistory. Since 2009, he has been involved in several fieldworks and projects in Spain, Italy, Germany, Poland, Iran, Sri Lanka, Zambia, and Mongolia broadening his investigation on Middle Paleolithic with researches on the dispersal of Homo sapiens from Africa to Eurasia.

In his current position as a postdoctoral researcher at the MPI-EVA, Andrea is investigating the transition from the Middle to the Upper Paleolithic in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula. Since 2015, he is co-director with Dr. Manuel Vaquero of the excavation of Abric de la Consagració (Capellades, Spain), and he is collaborating on projects in several Catalan archaeological sites (Abric Romaní, Teixoneres Cave, Toll Cave, Llenes Cave, Las Fuentes de San Cristóbal).

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Information

Citizenship: Italian

ResearchGate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Andrea_Picin2

Education

10/2010-12/03/2014Ph.D. in Quaternary Science and Prehistory, cum laude
Universitat Rovira I Virgili (Tarragona, Spain)
Title: The technological change in the western Mediterranean during the late Middle Paleolithic
Advisor: Dr. Manuel Vaquero
2007-2009 M.A. in Quaternary Science and Prehistory
Universitat Rovira I Virgili (Tarragona, Spain)
Title: New typological approach to notching tools systematic: the examples of Abric Romaní (Spain) and Grotta Maggiore di San Bernardino (Italy)
Advisor: Dr. Manuel Vaquero and Dr. Marco Peresani
2002-2005B.A. in Archaeology
Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità, Universitá di Padova (Padova, Italy)
Title: The Bronze Age lithic typology in Trentino and Western Veneto (Italy) 
Advisor: Prof. Giovanni Leonardi
 

Professional Employment

2019-ongoingPostdoctoral Researcher
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany) 
2015-ongoingPrivatdozent
Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena (Jena, Germany)
2017-2018Postdoctoral Researcher
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (Jena, Germany)
2014-2016Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena (Jena, Germany)

Teaching Experience

09/10/17-09/02/18Paleolithic and Mesolithic around the Mediterranean
Bereich für Ur- und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie, Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena (Jena, Germany)
04/04/-27/06/2016Paleolithic and Mesolithic around the Mediterranean
Bereich für Ur- und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie, Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena (Jena, Germany)
06/04/-29/06/2015Quantitative Methods in Archaeology 
Bereich für Ur- und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie, Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena (Jena, Germany)

Professional Membership

  • European Society for the study of Human Evolution (ESHE) 
  • Paleoanthropology Society
  • Hugo Obermaier Society

Professional Service

Reviewer for the following journals

  • Journal of Archaeological Science
  • Journal of Human Evolution 
  • PLoS ONE
  • Archaeometry
  • Journal of Archaeological Method and Theoy
  • Quaternary International
  • Scientific Reports
  • Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
  • Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology

Grants and Fellowships

2018-2021Generalitat de Catalunya, Co-Investigator for Consagració rock-shelter
Cinglera del Capelló 2018-2021 - CLT009/18/00054
2016-2017 Wenner-Gren Post-PhD Grant, ($20,000). Co-Investigator in cooperation with Dr. Manuel Vaquero. Topic: Upper Paleolithic Cultural and Environmental Changes in North-eastern Iberia: Archeological Excavations at the Consagració Rock-Shelter
2014-2016 Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (€75,600). Topic: Neanderthals Technological Adaptation during the late Middle and Upper Pleistocene in Eastern Germany 

Invited Lectures

13-17/04/2018Lithic technology and the evolution of Human culture
Workshop for Early Career Researchers from developing countries
Max Plank Institute for the Science of Human History (Jena, Germany)
07-10/09/2016Neanderthal Technological behaviours in Eastern Germany during the late Middle and Late Pleistocene
Forum for Early Career Researchers, Anneliese Maier Research Award 2016 (Berlin, Germany)
16/06/2016Borders and barriers: an overview from Palaeolithic Archaeology
Max-Planck-Institut für Ethnologische Forschung (Halle, Germany)
26/05/2015Stone tools and material culture
Institut für Spezielle Zoologie und Evolutionsbiologie mit Phyletischem Museum, Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena (Jena, Germany)

Organization of session in International Congresses

4-9/06/2018XVIII world UISPP Congress (Paris, France)
Organizer with Prof. Ariane Burke and Dr. Telmo Pereira of the session “From North to South; From East to West: regional variability and economic patterns in the Iberian Middle Paleolithic”
4-9/06/2018XVIII world UISPP Congress (Paris, France)
Organizer with Dr. Miriam Andrés, Dr. Ruth Blasco and Dr. Jordi Rosell of the session “Short-term occupations and mobility strategies”
02/04/201782nd SAA Annual Meeting (Vancouver, Canada)
Organizer with Prof. Erella Hovers of the Symposium “Short-term occupations in Paleolithic Archaeology”
  

Publications

2020

Micó, C., Arilla, M., Rosell, J., Villalba, M., Santos, E., Rivals, F., Picin, A., Talamo, S., & Blasco, R. (2020). Among goats and bears: A taphonomic study of the faunal accumulation from Tritons Cave (Lleida, Spain). Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports,30: 102194.
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Picin, A. (2020).Short-term occupations in Paleolithic archaeology: Definition and interpretation (J. Cascalheira, Ed.). Cham: Springer.
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Picin, A. (2020). Short-term occupations during the Early Middle Paleolithic in Eastern Germany. In J. Cascalheira, & A. Picin (Eds.), Short-term occupations in Paleolithic Archaeology: Definition and interpretation (pp. 73-103). Cham: Springer.
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Picin, A., & Cascalheira, J. (2020). Introduction to short-term occupations in Paleolithic Archaeology. In J. Cascalheira, & A. Picin (Eds.), Short-term occupations in Paleolithic Archaeology: Definition and interpretation (pp. 1-15). Cham: Springer.
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Picin, A., Andrés, M., Blasco, R., & Rosell, J. (2020). Introduction to the special issue “Short-term occupations and prehistoric human mobility”. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports,31: 102298.
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Picin, A., Blasco, R., Rivals, F., Chacón, M., Gómez de Soler, B., Talamo, S., & Rosell, J. (2020). Short-term Neanderthal occupations and carnivores in the North-East of Iberian Peninsula. In J. Cascalheira, & A. Picin (Eds.), Short-term occupations in Paleolithic Archaeology: Definition and interpretation (pp. 183-213). Cham: Springer.
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Picin, A., Chacón, M. G., de Soler, B. G., Blasco, R., Rivals, F., & Rosell, J. (2020). Neanderthal mobile toolkit in short-term occupations at Teixoneres Cave (Moia, Spain). Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports,29: 102165.
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Picin, A., Hajdinjak, M., Nowaczewska, W., Benazzi, S., Urbanowski, M., Marciszak, A., Fewlass, H., Socha, P., Stefaniak, K., Żarski, M., Wiśniewski, A., Hublin, J.-J., Nadachowski, A., & Talamo, S. (2020). New perspectives on Neanderthal dispersal and turnover from Stajnia Cave (Poland). Scientific Reports,10: 14778.
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Taylor, W. T. T., Clark, J., Bayarsaikhan, J., Tuvshinjargal, T., Jobe, J. T., Fitzhugh, W., Kortum, R., III, R. N. S., Shnaider, S., Seersholm, F. V., Hart, I., Case, N., Wilkin, S., Hendy, J., Thuering, U., Miller, B., Miller, A. R. V., Picin, A., Vanwezer, N., Irmer, F., Brown, S., Abdykanova, A., Pham, V., Bunce, M., Douka, K., Jones, E. L., & Boivin, N. (2020). Early pastoral economies and herding transitions in Eastern Eurasia. Scientific Reports,10(1): 1001.
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Wedage, O., Roberts, P., Faulkner, P., Crowther, A., Douka, K., Picin, A., Blinkhorn, J., Deraniyagala, S., Boivin, N., Petraglia, M., & Amano, N. (2020). Late Pleistocene to early-Holocene rainforest foraging in Sri Lanka: Multidisciplinary analysis at Kitulgala Beli-lena. Quaternary Science Reviews,231: 106200.
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2019

Vaquero, M., Romagnoli, F., Bargalló, A., Chacón, M. G., Gómez de Soler, B., Picin, A., & Carbonell, E. (2019). Lithic refitting and intrasite artifact transport: a view from the Middle Paleolithic. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences,11(9), 4491-4513.
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Wedage, O., Amano, N., Langley, M. C., Douka, K., Blinkhorn, J., Crowther, A., Deraniyagala, S., Kourampas, N., Simpson, I., Perera, N., Picin, A., Boivin, N., Petraglia, M., & Roberts, P. (2019). Specialized rainforest hunting by Homo sapiens ~45,000 years ago. Nature Communications,10: 739.
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Wedage, O., Picin, A., Blinkhorn, J., Douka, K., Deraniyagala, S., Kourampas, N., Perera, N., Simpson, I., Boivin, N., Petraglia, M., & Roberts, P. (2019). Microliths in the South Asian rainforest ~45-4 ka: New insights from Fa-Hien Lena Cave, Sri Lanka. PLOS ONE,14(10), 1-36.
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2018

Picin, A. Technological adaptation and the emergence of Levallois in Central Europe: new insight from Markkleeberg and Zwochau open-air sites (Germany). Journal of Quaternary Science, 33 (3), 300-312. doi: 10.1002/jqs.2978

2017

Picin, A. Short-term occupation at the lakeshore: technological reassessment of the open–air site Königsaue (Germany). Quartär, 7-32. doi: 10.7485/QU63_1

Bazgir, B., Ollé, A., Tumung, L., Higham, T., Douka, K., Becerra-Valdivia, L., van der Made, J., Picin, A., Saladié, P., Lopez Garcia, J. M., Blain, H.-A., Allue, E., Fernández-García, M., Rey-Rodríguez, I., Arceredillo, D., Bahrololoumi, F., Azimi, M., Otte, M., Carbonell, E. Understanding the emergence of modern humans and the disappearance of Neanderthals: Insights from Kaldar Cave (Khorramabad Valley; Western Iran). Scientific Reports, 7, 43460. doi: 10.1038/srep43460

Rosell, J., Blasco, R., Rivals, F., Chacón, M. G., Arilla, M., Camarós, E., Rufà, A., Sánchez-Hernández, C., Picin, A., Andrés, M., Blain, H.-A., López-García, J. M., Iriarte, E., Cebrià, A. A resilient landscape at Teixoneres Cave (MIS 3, Moià, Barcelona, Spain): the Neanderthals as disrupting agent. Quaternary International, 435 Part A, 195-210. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2015.11.077

2016

Picin, A. Short-term occupation at the lakeshore: technological reassessment of Königsaue open–air site. Proceedings of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution, 5, 187.

Picin, A., Vaquero, M. Flake productivity in Levallois recurrent centripetal and bifacial discoid technologies: new insights from experimental and archaeological lithic series. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 8, 70-81. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.05.062

Picin, A., Carbonell, E. Neanderthal mobility and technological change in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula: the patterns of chert exploitation at the Abric Romaní rock-shelter. Comptes Rendus Palevol, 15, 581-594. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crpv.2015.09.012 

Talamo, S., Blasco, R., Rivals, F., Picin, A., Chacón, M. G., Iriarte, E., López-García, J. M., Blain, H.-A., Arilla, M., Rufà, M., Sánchez-Hernández, C., Andrés, M., Camarós, E., Ballesteros, A., Cebrià, A., Rosell, J., Hublin, J.-J. The radiocarbon approach to Neanderthals in a carnivore dens site. A well-defined chronology for Teixoneres cave (Moià, Barcelona, Spain). Radiocarbon, 58 (2), 247-265. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/RDC.2015.19

2015

Fiorenza, L., Benazzi, S., Henry, A., Salazar-Garcia, D. C., Blasco, R., Picin, A., Wroe, S., Kullmer, O. To meat or not to meat? New perspectives on Neanderthal ecology. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology, 156, 43-71. doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.22659

Picin, A. Neanderthal mobility and technological change in the northeastern of the Iberian Peninsula: the patterns of chert exploitation at the Abric Romaní rock-shelter. Proceedings of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution 4, pp.176.

2014

Picin, A., Vaquero, M., Weniger, G.-C., Carbonell, E. Flake morphologies and patterns of core configuration at the Abric Romaní rock-shelter: a Geometric Morphometric approach. Quaternary International, 350, 84-93. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2014.05.004

Talamo, S., Peresani, M., Romandini, M., Duches, R., Jéquier, C., Nannini, N., Pastoors, A., Picin, A., Vaquero, M., Weniger, G.-C., Hublin, J.-J. Detecting human presence at the border of the northeastern Italian Pre-Alps. 14C dating at Rio Secco Cave as expression of the first Gravettian and the late Mousterian in the northern Adriatic region. PLoS ONE, e95376. doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0095376

Peresani, M., Romandini, M., Duches, R., Jéquier, C., Pastoors, A., Picin, A., Schmidt, I., Vaquero, M., Weniger, G.-C. New evidence for the Mousterian and Gravettian at Rio Secco Cave, Italy. Journal of Field Archaeology, 39 (4), 401-416. doi: 10.1179/0093469014Z.00000000098

Bazgir, B., Otte, M., Tumung, L., Ollé, A., G. Deo, S., Joglekar, P., López-García, J. M., Picin, A., Davoudi, D., van der Made, J. Test excavations and initial results at the Middle and Upper Paleolithic sites of Gilvaran, Kaldar, Ghamari Caves and Gar Arjene Rockshelter, Khorramabad Valley, Western Iran. Comptes Rendus Palevol, 13, 511-525. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crpv.2014.01.005

Peresani, M., Basile, D., Centi, L., Delpiano, D., Duches, R., Jéquier, C., Nannini, N., Obradović, M., Picin, A., Romandini, M. Grotta di Fumane. Risultati della campagna di scavo e ricerche 2012. NAVe–Notizie di Archeologia del Veneto, 1/2012 (1), 88-91.

2013

Picin, A., Peresani, M., Falguères, C., Gruppioni, G., Bahain, J.-J. San Bernardino Cave (Italy) and the appearance of Levallois technology in Europe: results of a radiometric and technological reassessment. PLoS ONE 8, e76182. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0076182

Chacón, M.G., Bargalló, A., Gómez de Soler, B., Picin, A., Vaquero, M., Carbonell, E. Continuity or discontinuity of Neanderthal technological behaviours during MIS 3: level M and level O of the Abric Romaní Site (Capellades, Spain), in: Pastoors, A., Auffermanneds, B. (Eds.), Pleistocene Foragers on the Iberian Peninsula: Their culture and environment. Festschrift in Honour of Gerd-Christian Weniger for his Sixtieth Birthday. Wissenschaftliche Schriften des Neanderthal Museum, Mettmann, pp. 55-84.

2012

Picin, A. Technological change and hunting behavior during the Middle Paleolithic, in: Cascalheira, J., Gonçalves, C. (Eds.), Actas das IV Jornadas de Jovens em Investigação Arqueológica - JIA 2011. Tipografia Tavirense, Lda, Faro, pp. 185-191.

Peresani, M., Pastoors, A., Vaquero, M., Duches, R., Jèquier, C., Nannini, N., Picin, A., Romandini, M., Schmidt, I., Weniger, G.-C. The Rio Secco Cave in the North Adriatic Region, Italy. A new context for investigating the Neanderthal demise and the settlement of Anatomically Modern Humans. Proceedings of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution 1, pp. 138.

Peresani, M., Duches, R., Picin, A., Romandini, M. Grotta del Clusantin, Grotte Verdi e Grotta del Rio Secco, in: Anastasia, D., Dalla Bona, P. (Eds), Archeologia e Storia nella Pedemontana fra Meduna e Tagliamento. Gruppo Archeologico Archeo 2000, Lestans, pp.1-7.

Peresani, M., Pastoors, A., Vaquero, M., Romandini, M., Duches, R., Jéquier, C., Nannini, N., Picin, A., Schmidt, I., Weniger, G.-C. The Rio Secco Cave and the North Adriatic region, a key context for investigating the Neanderthal demise, Antiquity 86 (332).

Peresani, M., Romandini, M., Duches, R., Jéquier, C., Nannini, N., Picin, A. Il Musteriano finale di Grotta del Rio Secco nel contesto nord-adriatico. Risultati delle nuove ricerche. Bollettino della Società Naturalisti "Silvia Zenari" 36, 9-28.

2011

Picin, A., Peresani, M., Vaquero, M. Application of a new typological approach to classifying denticulate and notched tools: the study of two Mousterian lithic assemblages. Journal of Archaeological Science 38, 711-722. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2010.10.025

2010

Peresani, M., Cescutti, G., Romandini, M., Duches, R., Picin, A.  Primo rapporto sulla campagna di scavi 2010 nella Grotta del Rio Secco, Altopiano di Pradis. Bollettino della Società Naturalisti "Silvia Zenari" 34, 61-76.