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PITARCH MARTI Africa

Postdoctoral Researcher (Beatriu de Pinós / Marie Curie - COFUND).

Contact : africa.pitarch-marti@u-bordeaux.fr – africa.pitarch@gmail.com

Research interests

  • Pigments chaîne opératoire (from acquisition, to transport, treatment, use and, ultimately, discard) : evaluating the behavioural variability contained within each of these steps.
  • Pigment exploitation and use in South-western Europe : assessing the geographical and chronological trends between Neanderthal and Modern human populations.
  • Employment of colouring materials during the Middle Stone Age in East Africa : appraising the implications of their use for the origin of modern cultures.
  • The earliest occurrences of personal ornamentation in China : studying the emergence of symbolic material culture in Eastern Asia.
  • Impact of environmental stressors on rock art : understanding the biogeochemical deterioration mechanisms and their interactions with parietal works.
  • Application and improvement of on-site and laboratory multi-spectroscopic analytical approaches (EDXRF, XRD, µ-RS, RS-imaging, FTIR, PIXE-PIGE, SEM-EDS and PLM) for the study of pigments and paintings on a variety of media.

Research experience

  • October 2015 - Present. Postdoc Researcher at PACEA, UMR 5199 – CNRS / Université de Bordeaux. Project : Deciphering behavioral variability in pigment use by Neanderthals and early Upper Paleolithic Modern Humans. Funding entity : Beatriu de Pinós / Marie Curie – COFUND.
  • April 2015 - October 2015. Honorary Researcher at PACEA, UMR 5199 – CNRS / Université de Bordeaux.
  • March 2014 - March 2015. Postdoc Researcher on the European Research Council Advanced Grant entitled “TRACSYMBOLS : Tracing the evolution of symbolically mediated behaviours within variable environments in Europe and southern Africa”. PACEA, UMR 5199 – CNRS / Université de Bordeaux.
  • 2013 – Present. Team member of the research project “4D Arte Rupestre. Research and preservation of rock art”. Funding entity : It is complicated. Project leader : Juan F. Ruiz. http://www.4darterupestre.com/home/EN
  • May 2012 - December 2012. Postdoc Researcher at the IBeA Research Group, Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of the Basque Country, Spain.
  • May 2007 - December 2011. PhD with honours in Geology. "Spectroscopic analytical methodologies for the study of Cultural Heritage materials". Supervisors : I. Queralt, A. Álvarez and Ll. Casas. Autonomous University of Barcelona and Institute of Earth Sciences “Jaume Almera” - Spanish Council for Scientific Research (ICTJA – CSIC).
  • May 2007 - April 2009. DEA in Crystallography and Mineralogy (“Diploma de Estudios Avanzados” - equivalent to Master’s degree).
  • 2007 - Present. Affiliated Researcher at “Grup de Recerca Aplicada al Patrimoni Cultural - GRAPAC” - research group attached at the Department of Animal Biology, of Plant Biology and Ecology (Faculty of Biosciences, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain). http://grupsderecerca.uab.cat/grapac/

Current collaborations

  • 2016 - 2018. “Late Upper Palaeolithic bone, hafting and sewing technologies at Shuidonggou Locality 12”. Funding entity : French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Caiyuanpei Programme). French project leader : Francesco d’Errico ; Chinese project leader : Shuangquan Zhang.
  • 2015 - 2017. "ECSEE : The emergence of symbolically mediated behavior in Eastern Europe". Funding entity : CNRS. Principal researcher : Francesco d’Errico.
  • 2015 - 2016. “4D VULL 2G. Monitorización de arte rupestre en Valltorta-Gasulla y Ulldecona. Funding entity : Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport, Government of Spain. Principal researcher : Juan F. Ruiz.
  • 2015 - 2016. “The earliest use of pigment in south-west France". Funding entity : Laboratoire d’Excellence – Laboratoire des Sciences Archéologiques de Bordeaux (LabEx – LaScArBx). Principal researcher : Francesco d’Errico.
  • 2013 - 2015. "The emergence and evolution of symbolic material culture : earliest Palaeolithic ornaments from China". Funding entity : French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Caiyuanpei Programme). French project leader : Francesco d’Errico, Chinese project leader : Pei Shuwen.