Barsky, Deborah Roxanne


Phone: (+34) 607 982 135


Sponsor: IPHES

I joined IPHES-URV in 2010 as Director of Investigations in African Prehistory, specialized in early stone tool technology and typology. My interest in early human culture began when I was a student at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where I earned a Masters degree in Anthropology and Liberal Arts. I received my Phd. in 2001 in Quaternary Prehistory from Perpignan University (France), where my research focused on the stone tools from the Middle Pleistocene site of the Caune de l’Arago (Tautavel).
In France I was contracted by the Muséum d’histoire naturelle (Paris) and the Centre européen de Recherches Préhistoriques (Tautavel) to pursue my research on the Caune de l’Arago and also to contribute to international and multidisciplinary research and excavation missions in different areas of the world. This allowed me to extend my research to include human cultural evolution from Lower to Middle and Upper Paleolithic in Africa and Eurasia.
The opportunity to analyze some key African Mode 1 sites in Ethiopia led me to focus my interests more specifically on the technological aspects of the oldest stone toolkits known in the world (Kada Gona EG 10 and EG 12, 2,6 Ma and Fejej FJ-1, 1,96 Ma). Collaborative research on the oldest stone industries outside of Africa, at the Lower Pleistocene site of Dmanisi (Georgian Caucasus, 1,8 Ma) and at Barranco León and Fuente Nueva 3 (1,4-1,3 Ma, Orce, Spain) for example, further widened my interests in cultural transmission and early human migrations. Currently much of my research efforts are focused on understanding morpho-technological variability in the Mode 1-Mode 2 transition in different areas of the globe.