Del Valle, Héctor

PhD Student


Sponsor: FPI Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación Grant


Graduated in Archaeology at UCM (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) in 2016. In 2018, I finished the Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree in Quaternary Archaeology and Human Evolution at URV (Universitat Rovira i Virgili) and the MNHN (Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle) in Paris. In 2021, I finished the Master's Degree in Forensic Genetics, Physics, and Chemistry at URV. Currently, I am a beneficiary of a Predoctoral Fellowship (PRE2021-100275) under the framework of Maria de Maeztu Unit of Excellence at IPHES to carry on my PhD dissertation supervised by Dr Isabel Cáceres. My research aims to understand the formation and fossilization processes involved in the Sierra de Atapuerca archaeological sites. Focusing on bone diagenesis and biomineralization, we apply spectroscopic, microscopic, crystallographic, and chemometric techniques. Since 2015, I have been involved in several archaeological and palaeontological field projects, including the Sierra de Atapuerca sites (Burgos, Spain), the Juan Labranz cave (Cuenca, Spain), and the Arrels project (Queralbs, Girona).