Gómez Merino, Gala
Conservation and Preparation Technician
Phone: (+34) 607 982 141
I am conservator-preparator at the Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES) (Tarragona, Spain) since its creation in 2005. I studied Conservation at the Escola Superior de Conservació i Restauració de Béns Culturals de Catalunya in Barcelona (2002), where I specialized in Archaeological Materials. Then, I studied the Master Erasmus Mundus in Quaternary and Prehistory at the Universitat Rovira Virgili in Tarragone (Spain). I performed my Master’s Thesis about characterisation of archaeological pigments associated to prehistoric art (2007). I conducted different research and formation stays in France at the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Paris) and at the Centre Européen de Recherches Préhistoriques (Tautavel).
I have participated in the fieldwork of the Atapuerca sites in Trinchera del Ferrocarril, and particularly in Sima del Elefante since 2001. I work in many of the IPHES projects, mainly Guadix-Baza basin (Orce, Granada), Cova Foradà (Oliva, Valencia), Atapuerca (Burgos) and Cova de Toixoneres (Moià, Barcelona). I have worked on the conservation of the engraved plaques from the Upper Palaeolithic site of Molí del Salt (Vimbodí, Tarragona) and many Pliocene large mammals fossils from Camp dels Ninots site (Caldes de Malavella, Girona). I have conserved and casted artefacts and sub-fossil bones of animals and hominids from many Miocene, Pliocene and Pleistocene sites from Iberian Peninsula, Africa (Magreb and Sudan) and Near East (Israel).
My research interest is focused on the conservation of fossil bones: diagnosis, documentation, methodology of intervention and non-destructive analysis. Most of the works and the results have been published and presented in different papers and congress communications.