Gómez de Soler, Bruno
Junior Postdoctoral Researcher
Phone: (+34) 607 981 817
Graduate in History at the University of Girona in 2001, I followed my research career at the Univeristy Rovira i Virgili of Tarragona, first with the Master degree’s in Quaternary Archaeology (2004), then by the Advanced Studies diploma (DEA) in 2007, and my PhD in Prehistory in 2016 with the Thesis ”Lithic procurement areas during the Middle Paleolithic in the Abric Romaní rockshelter (Capellades, Barcelona). Levels M, Oa and P”.
My PhD was focused in the study of chert sources used by the Neanderthals that occupied this site in the NE of Spain, through a petrographic analysis (macroscopic, thin sections and XRD mainly) of siliceous rocks and the geological fieldwork localizing the maximum of chert outcrops. The finality was to stablish the foraging radius and de mobility patterns of these societies.
From 2006 to 2016, I was a Technician of Geoarchaeology at IPHES, working in the laboratory making thin sections of rocks and sediments and topography of archaeological sites and processing vectorial data with the AutoCAD program. Since 2016, I am a researcher of IPHES ascribed at the Unit of Geoachaeology.
My actually research is focused in lithic raw materials, principally in the study of mobility patterns of the Neanderthals groups of the North east of the Iberian Peninsula. I work on sedimentary rocks (mainly those of chemical precipitation like cherts and limestones) but also with metamorphic ones like quatrzites, hornfelds and slates.
Recently I am working in geochemical analysis for a better characterization of rocks, like Mass spectrometry (MS) and Instrumental neutron activation analysis (IAAN). I am also working in the construction of a reference collection (LithIPHES) with samples of the main cherts outcrops of the NE of the Iberian Peninsula.
On the other hand, I am also the codirector of the Camp dels Ninots maar site since its beginning of excavation in 2003. This site is considered an exceptionally well preserved paleontological site receiving the category of a Fossil-Lagerstäten with and Upper Pliocene age (3.1 Ma). This has given us the opportunity to elaborate a global heritage enhancement project from the musealization of the site itself to the creation of an Interpretative Center in collaboration with the different public administrations (regional government and municipality).