Dra. Àfrica Pitarch Marti

Dra. Àfrica Pitarch Marti

Beatriu de Pinós Postdoctoral Researcher


2012. PhD Geology (Distinction). Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and Institute of Earth Sciences “Jaume Almera” / Spanish Council for Scientific Research, Spain.

2009. DEA in Crystallography and Mineralogy (equivalent to Master’s degree). UAB, Spain.

2006. Degree in Geology. UAB, Spain.


MA of Advanced Studies in Archaeology (2019-2020):

  • Theory and Method of Archaeological Science (in English).
  • Quantitative Analysis. Data Management and Interpretation (in Spanish).
  • Analysis of Ceramic, Metallurgical and Other Archaeological Materials (in Spanish).

Research interests

  • Pigment exploitation and use in South-western Europe: assessing the geographical and chronological trends between Neanderthal and Modern human populations.
  • Employment of colouring materials during the Middle Stone Age in East Africa: appraising the implications of their use for the origin of modern cultures.
  • The earliest occurrences of personal ornamentation in China: studying the emergence of symbolic material culture in Eastern Asia.
  • Impact of environmental stressors on rock art: understanding the biogeochemical deterioration mechanisms and their interactions with parietal works.
  • Application and improvement of on-site and laboratory multi-spectroscopic analytical approaches (EDXRF, XRD, µ-RS, RS-imaging, FTIR, PIXE-PIGE, SEM-EDS and PLM) for the study of pigments and paintings on a variety of media.

Current research project

Origin and evolution of Palaeolithic painting technologies in Southern Spain. Funding entity: Marie Curie – COFUND / FP7 program.

Current collaborations

  • 2018 – 2020. “CUMILA: Cultural Innovations in the Middle and Later Stone Age of East Africa: Panga ya Saidi, Kenya”. Funding: Laboratoire de Sciences Archéologiques de Bordeaux (LaScArBx). Project leader: F. d’Errico.
  • 2018 - 2020. “LAsCO: Lascaux reconnu? Contextualisation des sols paléolithiques de la cavité”. Funding: Ministère de la Culture - Project Collectif de Recherche. Project leaders: M. Langlais and S. Ducasse.
  • 2018 – 2020. “PALAEOARTEAST: Defining cultural boundaries in the European Upper Palaeolithic: Archaeology and Rock art in Eastern Europe". Funding: British Academy-Newton International Fellowships program. Project leader: A. Ruiz-Redondo.
  • 2019. The emergence of symbolic behavior in Eastern Europe. DNIPRO project with the Ukranian Academy of Science. Funding: French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. French project leader: F. d’Errico.
  • 2017 - 2019. “The emergence of bone technology and personal ornamentation in East Asia. “ Cai Yuanpei project with the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing. Funding: French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. French project leader: F. d’Errico.