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Medieval Landscapes in the Horn of Africa

A Marie Skłodowska-Curie IF project

About me

Although I got my PhD studying the Iron Age in Central Spain, since 2006 I became more and more involved in African Archaeology and more specifically, the Horn of Africa. In the last twelve years I’ve participated in or co-directed five long term projects in five African countries (Somaliland, Ethiopia, Sudan, Morocco and Mozambique). I’ve mostly worked in historical archaeology, but I’ve also participated in projects on rock art and landscape in Morocco and in the Meroitic site of Musawwarat es Sufra in Sudan.  Between 2015 and 2017 I worked as a Project Cataloguer at the African Rock Art Image project at the British Museum, cataloguing and studying a collection of 24,000 images of African rock art throughout the continent.

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Since 2014 I’m the co-director of the Spanish Archaeological Mission in Somaliland, the only archaeological project ongoing in that region, conducting four fieldwork campaigns and developing a lasting and increasingly active cooperation with the Somaliland authorities. In 2018 I was awarded a Marie Curie International Fellowship at the Institute of Heritage Sciences (Incipit) – Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) to continue my work on study of the medieval landscapes of Somaliland.

Although I’m interested in a wide range of themes, my main interest is related to the emergence and consolidation of social inequalities during the medieval and modern periods in the Horn of Africa, especially when related to processes of state-building and state consolidation. I’m also keen on understanding the ways different groups interacted and overlapped in territories; and how these interactions had an impact on the medieval landscapes of this region, an interest which lies at the foundations of my new project.

You can see my full academic profile (including my full CV and most of my publications) in:

And follow all the Information about the Medieval Landscapes and the Incipit Archaeological Mission projects in @Arch_Somaliland

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