Barsky, Deborah Roxanne
Phone: (+34) 607 982 135
I joined the URV and the IPHES-CERCA in 2010 as a researcher specialized in early stone tool technology and typology. Since 2014 I am also engaged as an assistant professor with the UOC – URV joint Anthropology and Human Evolution Bachelor’s degree. My interest in the evolution of 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. In 2001 I obtained my Phd. in Quaternary Prehistory from Perpignan University (France), where my research focused on the cultural sequence from the Middle Pleistocene site of the Caune de l’Arago (Tautavel). Throughout the years I have joined numerous international collaborative research and excavation missions in different areas of the world to study human cultural evolution from Lower, Middle and Upper Paleolithic sites in Africa and Eurasia. Early on, the opportunity to analyze some key African Oldowan 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 my research and excavations are focused on understanding morpho-technological variability and cultural transitions in different areas of the globe.