Dr. Ana Polo-Diaz - GeoFodder Project PI

Ana Polo-Diaz is an archaeologist with a research interest in the formation processes of sediments. Her work focuses mainly on the Iberian Peninsula, although she is also collaborates in research projects conducted in the Near East and South Asia. She uses an interdisciplinary approach of study based on geoarchaeology and thin section analysis as a core tool, coupled with experimental work and ethnography. The end goal of her work is the reconstruction of past human behaviour and how palaeoenvironments and climatics shifts may have impacted cultural transitions. She is currently a  Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow (MSCA-IF) at the Department of Archaeology of the University of Sheffield.

Prof. Paul Halstead - Scientific Coordinator

Paul Halstead's research has focused chronologically and geographically on the later prehistory (Neolithic and Bronze Age) of the Mediterranean Europe. In particular he has explored extensively the relationship between farming economies and social change and the contributions of zooarchaeology and ethnoarchaeology to the study of past animal and crop husbandry. He is based at the Department of Archaeology of the University of Sheffield.

Dr. Luc Vrydaghs

With over 30 years of practice, Luc Vrydaghs has a broad experience in phytolith analysis having worked on materials from Central Africa, the Near East, Easter Island and Europe. He is also a current member of the International Committee for Phytolith Taxonomy. He regularly collaborates in archaeological projects providing expertise on phytolith analysis in micromorphological thin sections as a means of integrating bioarchaeological and geoarchaeological techniques. He is currently based at the MARI

(Maritime Culture Archaeological Research Institute), Department of Art History and Archaeology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Dr. Josep Maria Vergès Bosch

Josep Maria Vergès Bosch is an archaeologist with vast experience leading archaeological excavations and research programmes in the Iberian Peninsula and Italy. He is part of the core research team of the  World Heritage Archaeological site of Atapuerca (Burgos, Spain) where  he has been in charge of the works at El Mirador Cave since 1999. He is also in charge of the experimental and ethnographic investigations conducted at Mas del Pepet. He is based at the  Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social IPHES and the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV)

Prof. Javier Fernández-Eraso

Javier Fernández-Eraso has been the PI of the interdisciplinary Prehistory Research Group of the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU). Over the last 30 years his main research line has centred on early farming and the investigation of cave and rock-shelter deposits and megalithic structures in Northern Iberia. He is the director of the archaeological works conducted at San Cristóbal Rock-shelter.