Tornero Dacasa, Carlos


Phone: (+34) 607 982 151


Sponsor: Postdoctoral Juan de la Cierva MINECO Grant

Carlos Tornero, PhD 2011, is a Post-doctoral researcher (JdC-I 206-2017, BP 2018-2019) in IPHES. Since my graduation my research career has been led to the study of Animal Domestication processes and Early Husbandry during the beginning of the Neolithic in Southwestern Asia, East Europe and Western Mediterranean areas.

Therefore, I planned my training in accordance with this mainstream. First, I have involved in different international archaeological missions in North Levant of Near East focusing on the early Neolithic communities, which gave me a solid first-hand expertise in this area of study. In addition, they lead me to being familiar and collaborate with different international archaeological and academic institutions, Research-Groups and some worldwide key museums (in Europe, America, Syria, Turkey & Armenia). Furthermore, as a part of my goal to achieve an integrated isotope zooarchaeology approach, I has been learnt advanced biogeochemical techniques in four of most important laboratories in this field: Laboratory for Archaeological Chemistry, Univ. Madison, USA; Service de Spectrométrie de Masses Isotopique, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle. CNRS, Paris; Laboratory of Stable Isotopes in the University of Cape Town, South- Africa, and Stable Isotope laboratory, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at the Columbia University, USA.

With these professional career experiences, I have weave a dense network of collaborations in these fields providing me the necessary expertise in both sides, the biogeochemistry, fieldwork, and theoretical archaeology, leading me to consider myself a data-driven zooarchaeologist. This is supported by current collaborations with the main researchers working around, massive scientific dissemination through participation in international congresses and invited science-communication outreach activities. Furthermore, from 2015 he has been the person in charge of the Biomolecular laboratory of IPHES held in Tarragona (Spain). My expertise is now being transferred through to the direction and supervision of the research projects of young Post-doctoral students,  PhD and Master students.

Current research-obsessions:

  • A systematic and sustained engagement to integrate isotope analyses and zooarchaeology. 
  • Unveiling new data about early domesticates in Near East 
  • Research on reconstructing reproductive patterns of prehistoric herds using isotope analyses
  • Research on new methods to describe altitudinal movements of fossil animals using isotope analyses
  • The early evidence (Neolithic) of transhumance activities in the Central Pyrenees (Spain)



To date I published 24 contributions in peer-reviewed journals + 2 under review (14 without PhD advisor, 10 as corresponding Author), 36 peer review conference proceedings and 12 monographs.

5 Selected Publications (all without my PhD supervisor)

  • 2017. Tornero, C.; Aguilera, M; Ferrio, et al. Vertical movement of modern sheep specimens by stable isotope analyses in bioapatite tooth molars, meteoric water and pastures along the altitudinal gradient: a reference for Ebro valley to the Central Pyrenees, Quaternary International (SCI/SSCI/AHC): 2,128
  •  2016. Tornero, C., Balasse, M., Balasescu, A., et al. The altitudinal mobility of wild sheep at the Epigravettian site of Kalavan 1 (Lesser Caucasus, Armenia): evidence from sequential isotopic analysis in tooth enamel. Journal of Human Evololution 97:27-36. (SCI/SSCI/AHC): 4.229
  • 2016. Tornero, C., Balasse, M.; Ughetto-Monfrin, et al. Seasonal reproductive patterns of early domestic sheep in Tell Halula site (PPNB, Middle Euphrates Valley) by sequential isotopic oxygen analyses on tooth enamel. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports, 6:810-818
  • 2015. Marie Balasse; A. Evin; C. Tornero; et al. Wild, domestic and feral? Investigating the status of suids in the Romanian Gumelniţa (5th mil. cal BC) with biogeochemistry and geometric morphometrics. Journal of Anthopological Archaeology 42: 27 - 36. (SCI/SSCI/AHC): 2,128
  • 2013. Tornero, C.; Balasescu, A.; Ughetto-Monfrin, J. et al. (2013). Seasonality and season of birth in early Eneolithic sheep from Cheia (Romania): methodological advances and implications for animal economy. Journal of Archaeological Science, 40:11: 4039-4055. (SCI/SSCI/AHC): 2,125

Invited lectures and Invited seminars (selection only) 23 invited oral presentations at international forums and seminars, incl. best congress-related in the area of research: ISBA Congress, ISA – International Symposium of Archaeometry, annual meeting; EEA – European Archaeological Association; SAA – Society for American Archeology, and UKAS – United Kingdom Archaeological Science conference, ASWA (Archaeozoology of South-Asia and Adjacent Areas) and ICAZ (International Council for Archaeozoology). The late main invited lectures are:

  • 2017 Invited conference, BPE Seminar, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia Univ. May 1st
  • 2016 Invited conference, Departmental seminar series, Department of Anthropology, University of Cape Town, South-Africa. 23rd August
  • 2016 Invited conference at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Auditorium Carl Friedrich von Siemens. 4th April 2016