Succesful 4th Santander’s European Researchers’ Night

The International Institute for Prehistoric Research participated for the fourth consecutive year in Santander’s European Researchers’ Night 2016. It was a successful evening, many children and their families came to our stand and asked about how archaeologist reconstruct the human diet our ancestors or the environment they lived. They really loved to touch our animal and human bones and teeth collection, shell beads, pottery, among other Palaeolithic items 😉


Stand of the International Institute for Prehistoric Research In Plaza Pombo, Santander


Borja Gonzalez showing how to distinguish between a female and male pelvis


Animal and human bones, shells and pottery found in archaeological sites


Jennifer Jones and Lucia Agudo in Santander’s European Researchers’ Night 2016


Women In STEM at the Unican Bioarchaeology Laboratory

The female contingent of the University of Cantabria Bioarchaeology Laboratory researching Palaeolithic diet and Palaeoenvironments on the Eurorefugia and Climaprox projects funded by the European Commission:-)


Eurorefugia seminars in UK

During 2016, Ana B. Marín-Arroyo was invited to give several seminars at the University of Cambridge, University of York and University of Sheffield. The results of the project were presented and discussed with colleagues from these departments with very positive input.


Seminar at the Dpt. of Archaeology, University of York

Ana seminar


Jose Castillejo Grants

Ana B. Marín-Arroyo has been recently awarded a mobility grant to continue her research at McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. The “José Castillejo” grants are funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (MECD).




Late Pleistocene foot infection in Dama mesopotamica from Tabun B (Mount Carmel, Israel)

New publication in International Journal of Paleopathology (2015, vol. 8) about the foot infection found on proximal phalanges of fallow deer in Tabun-Level B.

Read publication: Marin-Arroyo et al 2015

Figure 1

Proximal phalanges of fallow deer from Tabun B. The pathology is observed in the cortex of the axial surfaces of the proximal phalanges.Photo courtesy of the NHM, London


2015 – EUROREFUGIA in international meetings

The results of EUROREFUGIA project have been presented in following meetings held in 2015:

September 2015 EAA, Glasgow 

“Exploring Palaeolithic environments In the Cantabrian region: A Multi-Proxy isotopic investigation” 

July 2015 XIX INQUA Congress. Nagoya, Japan

“Reconstructing past climates and environments across the Middle-Upper Palaeolithic in the Cantabrian Region of Northern Spain using multi-isotope analyses.”

April 2015 UK Archaeological Sciences Conference 2015 – Durham , UK

“Using δ13C and δ15N analysis to determine the  palaeoenvironmental conditions surrounding the extinction of the Neanderthals in the Cantabrian Region, Northern Spain”