IMBEAC researchers


Jesús Francisco Torres MartínezJesús Francisco Torres Martínez (Kechu). earned his BA in History and PhD in Prehistory and Archaeology from the Complutense University of Madrid. He is specialised in Protohistory of the North of the Iberian Peninsula and Western Europe (Iron Age), Celtic Culture, Ethnoarchaeology, Ethnohistory and “longue durée” historical phenomena. He is the author of two monographs dedicated to Protohistorical Economy (The Economy of the Celts of the Atlantic Hispania Vol. I and II), and of an extensive publication on the North of the Iberian Peninsula (The Cantabric Region During Iron Age). He has participated as an author and editor on many other books and monographs. Furthermore, he has published more than fifty articles about the Iron Age on several books and scientific magazines.
Since 2004, he directs the excavations at the hillfort of Monte Bernorio (Villarén de Valdivia, Palencia, Spain). He is also the Director of the excavations of the Hispanic-Roman archaeological site of La Huerta Varona (Aguilar de Campoo, Palencia), and the castro of El Cerrito (Cella, Teruel, Spain). He has also directed many other research projects. He is a member of l’Association Française pour l’étude de l’âge du Fer (AFEAF). He is co-founder and the President and Scientific Director of the IMBEAC.

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Santiago David Domínguez Solera Santiago David Domínguez Solera. BA in History from the Complutense University of Madrid. He obtained the Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) from the Prehistory Department of said University, with the PhD research thesis “Taphonomy of the vulture”. His main research area is Zooarchaeology, and the creation of reference frames for bone alterations caused by animals. As a professional archaeologist he co-directs the company “ARES Archaeology and Cultural Heritage”. He has researched on the topics of Urban Archaeology and the Architecture of Cuenca, and taken part on the rehabilitation of Cuenca’s Cathedral and the musealization of various archaeological sites. He has also studied the Lower and Middle Paleolithic at la Alcarria, directing the last archaeological intervention at Hoz de Verdelpino-Valdecabras. He has also directed archaeological excavations and courses at the archaeological site of Valeria.  He’s publisher’s editor of the “Memoria” magazine. He joined the IMBEAC in 2010, and is  currently technician of the team of the “Monte Bernorio in its Environment” Project. He’s currently elaborating his PhD thesis on “Ethnoarchaeology of Hunters Groups”, visiting various hunters-gatherers communities along the world.

Antxoka MartínezAntxoka Martínez Velasco. Holder of an Archaeology Diploma from the Practical School of Archaeology of the Basque Country (Deusto University), BA in Geography and History with specialty in Prehistory and Archaeology from the Autonomous University of Madrid, where he also got his Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA). He has specialised in Protohistory of the North of the Iberian Peninsula, and Roman Military Archaeology. He has always combined his career as archaeologist and Euskera teacher with archaeological research. He has also directed several archaeological interventions, especially in the Basque Country and Cantabria. Thanks to this work, he has published several monographs, articles… in various books and scientific magazines. He has worked on several topics, especially Iron Age and military Roman Archaeology in the North of the Iberian Peninsula. He is currently part of the technical research team of Monte Bernorio hillfort’s research project (Villarén de Valdivia, Palencia). He’s also a member of the IMBEAC.

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Alis SernaM. L. (Alis) Serna Gancedo. Professional archaeologist since 1995. His main research lines are Prehistoric and Protohistorical caves and Archaeology of Protohistorical Societies of the North of the Iberian Peninsula, topics on which he has published several articles. He’s coauthor of “The Caves of Villaescusa Valley” (2001), “The Massif of Peña Cabarga: a journey in time and Heritage” (2004) and “Excavation at Santa Ana chapel (Castro Urdiales) 2002, 2003  and 2004” (2006). He has also coordinated “Cantabrian Caves with Paleolithic Art” (2002) and “Castros and Castra of Cantabria” (2010). He’s published several other articles on Prehistory and Archaeology in different books and scientific magazines.

Since 2004 he’s one of the technicians of the archaeological interventions at the fortified city of Monte Bernorio (Villarén de Valdivia, Palencia). He currently directs and develops Experimental Archaeology workshops at the Research Centre and Museum of Altamira (Santillana del Mar, Cantabria). Since February 2011 he’s chairperson of the IMBEAC.

Manuel A. Fernandez GotzManuel A. Fernández-Götz. BA in History by the University of Seville (Extraordinary Price 2006) and PhD in Prehistory from the Complutense University of Madrid and the  Christian-Albrechts Universität of Kiel (Schleswig-Holstein, Germany). His research is focused on Archaeology of Identity (he has published several articles and the book The archaeological construction of ethnicity, 2008, about this topic) and Archaeology of Central Europe Protohistoric societies. He’s also co-author of works such as the guide of the oppidum of Heidengraben (Baden-Württemberg, Germany). He currently coordinates the Archaeological project of Heunebur at Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Baden-Württemberg (Baden-Württemberg, Germany).

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Elena Aznar Medina

David Vacas Madrid. Historian, Archaeologist and MSc in Virtual Heritage by the University of Alicante. He has worked in more than ten archaeological sites, as an archaeologist, technician and co-director. He has also worked and directed the work of a good number of archaeology laboratories. On the last three years, he has specialised in digitisation of heritage through the use of photogrammetry and 3D modeling for virtual reconstruction, as well as the use of other technological resources to document, study and disseminate cultural heritage. He currently works in Edinburgh for Spectrum Heritage, a company dedicate to the conservation and digitisation of cultural heritage.

Elina Rodriguez Millan is a conservator, historian and archaeologist. She holds an MA in Conservation from the University College of London, and an MArch in Conservation of Architectural Heritage by the Technical University of Madrid. She graduated in History from the Complutense University of Madrid. She has years of experience in excavations and archaeological laboratories, as an archaeologist and a conservator. She has also collaborated in cultural heritage related institutions, such as The Egypt Exploration Society and UCL Museums and Collections. More recently, she has worked in the documentation and conservation of archaeological finds in Sudan, for the British Museum’s Amara West Project. She currently works as a conservator for Spectrum Heritage, a cultural heritage company in Edinburgh, UK.

Alice Dananai is a Doctor in Archaeology by the University of Lille. She is specialised in the definition of socio-cultural identities through the study of funerary contexts of the Roman Empire. During the development of her thesis, she has studied the North of the Gaulle, and has been able to identify practices specific to the East of the Ciuitas Atrebatum, in the microregion of Ostrevant, through specific research methods (small scale studies, seriation of data, treatment of deceased, composition and interaction of the funerary deposits, etc.). Her research is currently focused on the funerary contexts and the characterisation of the people of the North-East of Spain (Cantabria and Asturias), which show characteristics similar to those of the North of the Gaulle (Celtic culture, late roman conquest).She has worked on a great number of excavations in France, Spain, Italy and Germany. She is specialised in the study of instrumentum. FShe is part of the team that directs the excavations at the House of Velazquez at the Roman city of Baelo Claudia (Bolonia, Cádiz, Spain) as a specialist on instrumentum.

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