Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Isabel Cáceres Cuello de Oro




I'm Dr in History by the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (2002), lecturer in the Master of Quaternary Prehistory and Human Evolution and in History Degree at the URV. I'm member of Atapuerca Research Team since 1991, where I take part in the fieldwork and in the research of the main sites. Currently, I'm coordinating the work of Galería site (Middle Pleistocene).

My research focuses on the taphonomical study of Middle and Early Pleistocene assemblages with anthropic activity, mainly in Spanish sites. In addition, I'm working about first human occupations in Africa (Algeria and Ethiopia). The experimental archaeology is a necessary tool for my research. For this reason, I carry out experimental programs, about both bioestratinomic and fossildiagenetic processes, which can be applied to fossil assemblages.

I'm member of EXPERIMENTA (Asociación Española de Arqueología Experimental) http://www.uam.es/otros/exprimta/fundamentos.html and of the ACBA (Associació Catalana de Bioarqueologia) http://www.bioarqueologia.cat

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Cáceres, I., Esteban-Nadal, M., Bennàsar, M., Marín Monfort, M. D., Pesquero, M. D. and Fernández-Jalvo, Y. (2013). Osteophagia and dental wear in herbivores: actualistic data and archaeological evidence. Journal of Archaeological Science 40(8): 3105-3116. 


Cáceres, I., Bennàsar, M., Huguet, R., Rosell, J., Saladié, P., Allué, E., Solé, A., Blasco, R., Campeny, G., Esteban-Nadal, M., Fernández-Laso, C., Gabucio, M. J., Ibáñez, N., Martín, P., Muñoz, L. and Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A. (2012). Taphonomy of Level J of Abric Romaní. In: E. Carbonell i Roura (Ed.). High Resolution Archaeology and Neanderthal Behavior. Time and Space in Level J of Abric romaní (Capellades, Spain), Vertebrate Paleobioloby and Paleoanthropology Series. Springer Science+Business: 159-185.

- Gabucio, M. J., Cáceres, I., Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A., Rosell, J. and Saladié, P. (2014). A wildcat (Felis silvestris) butchered by Neanderthals in Level O of the Abric Romaní site (Capellades, Barcelona, Spain). Quaternary International 326-327(0): 307-318.


- Saladié, P., Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A., Huguet, R., Cáceres, I., Díez, C., Vallverdú, J., Canals, A., Soto, M., Santander, B., Bermúdez de Castro, J. M., Arsuaga, J. L. and Carbonell, E. (2014). The role of carnivores and their relationship to hominin settlements in the TD6-2 level from Gran Dolina (Sierra de Atapuerca, Spain). Quaternary Science Reviews 93(0): 47-66.