Lithic technology, hominin cognition as seen through low density sites in Schöningen (working title).
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Nicholas J. Conard and PD. Dr. Miriam Haidle
The archaeological site of Schöningen was discovered more than 25 years ago, during this time there have been done several studies and publications about the archaeological findings. However, the record corresponding to the lithic remains has not been published on its totality and only some pieces have been studied.
The aim of my research consists on the classification of the available stone artefacts found at the different localities in Schöningen, and a comparison of the different morpho-technical characteristics of the lithic assemblages. The goal is to try to understand the way the resources were exploited and transformed at each locality during the Reinsdorf Interglacial (MIS 9). And see if there is continuity or changes during this time. Although the sites are defined as low density sites due to the low number of stone artefacts, Schöningen has provided examples of bone and wood artefacts too. All together could indicate different approaches on the use of the landscape, which could be determined by ecological, cultural and social factors. Moreover, this behaviour along the time at the different sites might have had important cognitive implications.
since 2017. Phd candidate. Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, Institut für Ur-und Frühgeschichte, Tübingen University.
2009. MA in Quaternary Archaeology and Human Evolution. University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (Spain). Master thesis: “Experimental study on the hammerstones selection criteria for using in three daily tasks during human evolution”.
2007. BA in History. University Autónoma of Madrid (Spain).
Archaeological work experience
2011-2014 and 2016. Archaeological research and technical coordination of temporary exhibitions. Regional Archaeological Museum of Madrid (Spain).
- Pinilla del Valle, Madrid (August 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and September 2012,2014, 2016).
- Bolomor Cave, Valencia (September 2008).
- Atapuerca, Burgos (July 2008).
- Molí del Salt, Tarragona (May 2008).
Archaeological lab work
2007-2009. IPHES, Catalan Institute for Human Palaeoecology and Social Evolution, Tarragona (Spain).
2002-2003. Department of Prehistory and Archaeology, University Autónoma of Madrid (Spain).
- 61th Annual Meeting of the Hugo Obermaier Society for Quaternary Research and Archaeology of the Stone Age. Erkrath, Germany. 23 – 27.4.2019
- 60th Annual Meeting of the Hugo Obermaier Society for Quaternary Research and Archaeology of the Stone Age. Tarragona, Spain. 3 – 7.4.2018
- XVIII UISPP Congress (Union Internationale des Sciences Prèhistoriques et Protohistoriques), Paris, France. 4 – 9.6.018
- 7th Annual Meeting of the ESHE (European Society for the study of Human Evolution). Leiden, the Netherlands 21-23.9.2017
- Symposium „25 years of Palaeolithic Research at Schöningen (Germany)”. Leiden, the Netherlands. 20.09.2017.
- 1st Meeting of the Cultural Evolution Society. Jena, Germany. 13 – 15.9.2017.
- 6th Annual Meeting of the ESHE (European Society for the study of Human Evolution). Madrid, Spain. 14-17.9.2016
- Serangeli, J., Rodríguez-Álvarez, B., Verheijen, I., Conard, N. J. (2019). Gatherers, hunters and more than ten dead elephants in Schöningen. In: Abstracts of Reports and Posters from the 61th Annual Meeting in Erkrath of the Hugo Obermaier Society for Quaternary Research and Archaeology of the Stone Age, Erkrath, Germany, 23 – 27. April 2019. 67-68.
- Rodríguez-Álvarez, B., Serangeli, J., Conard, N. J. (2018). Schöningen: low density sites and human occupations. XVIII UISPP Congress, Paris, France, 4 – 9.6.2018
- Serangeli, J., Rodríguez-Álvarez, B., Verheijen, I., Haidle, M., Conard, N. J. (2018). Chaînes opératoires in Schöningen: an example for the Middle Pleistocene? XVIII UISPP Congress, Paris, France, 4 – 9.6.2018
- Rodríguez-Álvarez, B., Rosell Ardèvol, J., Serangeli Dalmau, J. (2018). An analysis of chaînes opératoires in Schöningen as a case study to be compared with other Paleolithic sites. In: Abstracts of Reports and Posters from the 60th Annual Meeting in Tarragona of the Hugo Obermaier Society for Quaternary Research and Archaeology of the Stone Age, Tarragona, Spain, 3 – 7.4.2018. 46-47.
- Rodríguez-Álvarez, B. (2017). Schöningen: tools and mind. A cognitive approach to the ways Homo heidelbergensis used resources. Symposium in Leiden, the Netherlands, „25 years of Palaeolithic Research at Schöningen (Germany)”, 20.09.2017.
- Rodríguez-Álvarez, B., Verheijen, I., Serangeli, J., van Kolfschoten, T., Starkovich, B. M., Conard, N. J. (2017). Schöningen: a better understanding of the human cultural evolution in Europe 300,000 years ago. Cultural Evolution Society, Jena, 13 – 15.9.2017.
- Lithic technology
- Cognitive archaeology
- Human Ecology
Selected publications and lectures
- Serangeli, J., Rodríguez-Álvarez, B., Tucci, M., Verheijen, I., Bigga, G., Böhner, U., Urban, B., van Kolfschoten, T., Conard, N. J. (2018). The Project Schöningen from an ecological and cultural perspective. Quaternary Science Reviews 198: 140-155.
- Tucci, M., Krahn, K. J., Urban, B., van Kolfschoten, T., Richter, D., Rodríguez-Álvarez, B., Verheijen, I., Serangeli, J., Lehmannh, J., Schwalb, A., Degering, D. (in prep.). Evidence for severe environmental change within an elephant find horizon of archaeological site 2 Schöningen 13 II-2c3 and its age determination, Germany.