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Michael J. Walker Lecture: Nuevas Perspectivas Paleoantropológicas en la Región de Murcia

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Cueva Negra and Sima de las palomas attract interest in the UK

walker-lecture-posterThe president of the  “Asociación Murciana para el Estudio de la Paleoantropología y el Cuaternario “  (MUPANTQUAT) and codirector of the archaeological excavations in “Cueva Negra del Estrecho del Rio Quipar” and “Sima de las Palomas del Cabezo Gordo”, Michael J. Walker, was invited to give some lectures during last June 2014 in different universities like Bristol, Reading, York and in the Archaeology Institutes of the University Colleges of London and Oxford.

Last June the 5th, professor Walker visited the Peel Lecture Theatre, Bristol University, as “Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor”. The lecture was titled: “Archaeological excavations at Sima de las Palomas del Cabezo Gordo (Murcia, SE Spain) and palaeoanthropological research into its 50,000-year-old Neanderthal remains”. It atracted interest of about one hundred assistants, including Kate Robson-Brown,  Professor of Biological Anthropology,  her research team and many of her students, Dr. Jonathan Musgrave, paleoanthropologist and expert in neanderthal anatomy, Dr. Andrés López Bernal, born in Murcia and Professor of Human Reproductive Biology, and Gonzalo Linares Matas, member of our Mupantquat association who’s been studying archaeology in the university of Exeter and future student in Oxford University.

It is worth mentioning that our visit to Bristol University also had the aim to reinforce the collaboration with the professor of Archaeology Kate Robson-Brown who, in March 2012, stayed in Murcia University, doing microtomography scans of some teeth and small size bones from Sima de las Palomas. The 4th of June, Michael J. Walker, gave a seminar in her department about “Cognitive evolution in Pleistocene Homo: Biological and palaeoanthropological perspectives on the role of “haptic” working memory in the evolution of long-term procedural memory”.

Bristol lecture 1

The talk in the Department of Archaeology of the University of Reading took place the 9th of June thanks to the invitation of Dr. Rob Hosfield, expert in paleolithic. To the conference, titled “The Sima de las Palomas and the Cueva Negra”, assisted, among others, close collaborators of our reasearch team as Mr. John Simpson, O.B. E., which is archaeolgist by this universty, and Mr. Ian Herbertson, nowadays doing a phd directed by dr. Hosfield. It also assisted D. Sturart Black which showed interest in collaborating with our research.

The 11th of June, he gave a conference entitled ”The Sima de las Palomas and the Cueva Negra” in the archaeology department of the university of York, invited by Dr. Penny Spikins, who has recently published and article about neanderthal’s childhood in the Oxford Journal of Archaeology. Professor Walker had the chance to visit the Department of Bioarchaeology and the Anatomy Department in the Medicine Faculty, besides meeting with different professors like the paleolithic specialist Geoff Baile, the bioarchaeologist Mathew Collins, specialist in organic deposits who directed the phd thesis of our scientific partner, Dr. Cynthiane Spiteri from the Max Planck institute for Evolutionary Anthropolgy in Leipzig, and proffesor Paul O’Higgins which is a great authority in the investigation and virtual reconstruction of fossil skulls from humans and primates.

Cartel anunciador de la conferencia en el Instituto de Arqueología de la UCL

Cartel anunciador de la conferencia en el Instituto de Arqueología de la UCL

The 12th  of June he gave a conference titled “The Sima de las Palomas and the Cueva Negra” in the institute of Archaeology of the University College London, invited by Dr. Norah Moloney, paleolithic expert that has visited our sites. Among the assistants there were Maddy Bleasdale and Megan Wright, both students from UCL that last year were part of the excavation team in Sima de las Palomas.

Finnaly, the 19th of June, professor Walker repeated the conference titled  “The Sima de las Palomas and the Cueva Negra” in the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford University, invited by the paleolithic specialist and professor Dr. Nick Barton. Between the assistants there were professors like the geoarchaeologist Dr. Tom Higham and the paleolithic specialist Dr. Derek Roe, an other scholars like the paleolithic specialists  Michael Petraglia and Richard Roberts and the geoarchaeologist Jean-Luc Schwenninger. Drs. Roe, Higham and Schwenninger are scientific collaborators of our reasearch team, after the conference they had time to discuss the advance of the investigation and future goals in it. To the oxford conference it also assisted phd students like Klint Janulis, who was part of the excavation team in 2012 and will be visiting us during 2014 summer, and Marco Antonio Bernal Gómez who met professor walker during a lecture in the  University of Cadiz in Jerez. There was time aswell to chat during a couple of hours with Claire Litt, Oxbow Books editor, in relation with the english version of the popular science book about Cueva Negra and Sima de las Palomas that Oxbow books will publish.

Public presentation of the course “La Sima de las Palomas and the human evolution in the SE Spain during the Pleistocene”

IMG_3551Last Wednesday, March 20th, in the Torre Pacheco Council Chamber, the program of activities of the “Universidad Internacional del Mar (Universidad de Murcia)”,  for the year 2013 in Torre Pacheco headquarter,  was officially presented. The program has the collaboration of the Mupantquat association and the “Concejalía de Educación y Sanidad”.

The public presentation was introduced by D. Daniel García Madrid, mayor of Torre Pacheco (Murcia); D. Fernando Martín Rubio, Vice Chancellor of the University of Murcia; Dª Mª Carmen Martínez Graciá, headmaster of the “Universidad Internacional del Mar” and the directors of the courses in the program, including Dr. Michael J. Walker, from the University of Murcia.


The course will be hold from April, 27th to May,1st in the “Centro de Artes Escénicas (CAES)” in Torre Pacheco (Paseo Villa Esperanza 23, Torre Pacheco), with the following program:

Theory lessons and labs

–          “Historia de un yacimiento singular: La Sima de las Palomas del Cabezo Gordo de Torre Pacheco”. Prof.: Mariano López Martínez.

–          “Las Tecnologías de la Información y de la comunicación al servicio de la Paleoantropología”. Prof.: Sergio Albaladejo

–          “Taller de creación de una Unidad Didáctica”. Prof.: Antonio López y Azucena Avilés.

–          “Cómo se crearon el Cabezo Gordo y la Sima de las Palomas. Geología del entorno”. Prof.: Tomar Rodríguez Estrella.

–          “¿Quiénes eran los neandertales?”. Prof.: María Haber Uriarte

–          “Los neandertales de la Sima de las Palomas”. Prof.: Michael J. Walker

–          “Avances metodológicos en la preparación y visualización de los restos humanos”. Prof.: Jon Ortega Rodrigañez

–          “Evolución vegetal durante el Cuaternario en el Sureste”. Prof.: Santiago Fernández

–          “El Paleolítico medio y los neandertales”. Prof.: Mariano López Martínez

–          “La traceología: Análisis de huellas de uso en la Industria lítica de Sima de las Palomas”. Prof.:Ignacio Martín Lerma

–          “Paleontología en rellenos karsticos. El caso de la Sima de las Palomas del Cabezo Gordo”. Prof.: Gregorio Romero

–          “Exposición de Unidades didácticas”. Prof.: Antonio López

–          Cambios climáticos, cambios biogeográficos y la dispersión humana desde África y dentro de Eurasia”. Prof.: Jan Van der Made




–          “Proyección documental La Cueva Negra. Audiovisual de animación y documentales científicos”

–           “Proyección del documental de PBS Nova “Decoding Neandertals”.