Ana Abrunhosa is a Postdoctoral Fellow at IPHES-CERCA as part of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Curie Grant in co-funding with the Program Maria de Maeztu Unit of Excellence (State Research Agency of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation).
Ana holds a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Algarve – ICArEHB with an FCT (Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation) PhD Research Scholarship in the international joint modality with 24 months of research at the Museo Arqueológico Regional de la Comunidad de Madrid (MAR). Her doctoral research was also funded by Wenner-Gren with a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant to study lithic raw materials from the Pinilla del Valle sites.
Since 2008 she participates in research projects in Portugal and Spain working on the characterization of raw materials, working at several Universities and Museums, mainly at the University of Porto, University of Algarve, University of Coimbra, MAR and CENIEH. Since 2015 she is a Researcher at ICArEHB (UAlg). Throughout the years, her research has been funded by the Archaeological Institute of America (USA), Wenner-Gren Foundation (USA), Lithic Studies Society (UK), Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia - FCT (Portugal), IJUP – Projectos Pluridisciplinares – Santander Totta bank (Portugal) and Casa de Velázquez – Académie de France à Madrid (FR).
She is also a member of several archaeological associations (SPAE, ESHE, EAA, The Lithic Studies Society) and a member of the AWAP Board of Directors (Association of early-career Women Archaeologists and Paleontologists).
After completing her PhD, Ana did a postgraduation in Geology, integrating the project CLIMATE@COA. She was a postdoctoral researcher at CENIEH within the project “Tradition, evolution and coexistence in the Palaeolithic technocomplexes of the Middle Pleistocene of the Iberian Peninsula”.
Ana’s research interest focus is prehistoric hunter-gatherer technological adaptations, resource exploitation models and mobility in the landscape. More specifically in how these are correlated (or not) with various aspects of ecological dynamics, human behaviour, resource availability and lithic mechanic constraints, particularly (but not exclusively) during the Middle Palaeolithic. Her current research project “Quartz and Quartzite Neanderthal Assemblages of Payre and Abri du Maras” targets Neanderthal procurement strategies of these lithic resources in the Rhône River valley between MIS7 and MIS3.