Pedro Horta
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Doctoral Student

Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behaviour (ICArEHB)
Faculdade de Ciências Humanas e Sociais
Universidade do Algarve
Campus de Gambelas
8005-139 Faro
Portugal

  pedroehorta@gmail.com
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Research Interests

  • Paleolithic Archaeology
  • Lithic Technology
  • Bipolar Technology
  • Upper and Middle Paleolithic Transition and Technology
  • Hominin adaptations; Human Evolution
  • Experimental Archaeology
  • Archaeological Field Methods

Short Bio

Pedro Horta is a Paleolithic archaeologist interested in the evolution of hominin adaptation and migration strategies from the earliest stone tool industries to the more complex stone tools used by  modern humans. He is currently a PhD student and a Research fellow at ICArEHB, University of Algarve, where he completed his MA and BA. His ongoing PhD project is generating new data on how bipolar stone tool strategies impacted the arrival and settlement of early modern humans in Europe through a combination of controlled experiments, 3D scanning software and stone tool analysis. He has excavated a number of Paleolithic sites in Europe and North Africa and is currently mainly involved with projects in Southern Portugal (Vale Boi and Gruta da Companheira) and Bulgaria (Bacho Kiro). Both projects are focused on hominin adaptations just prior and after the arrival of modern humans in Europe, a subject which Horta has focused and published on.

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Key Publications

• HORTA, P., Cascalheira, J. & Bicho, N. (2019). The role of lithic bipolar technology in Western Iberia’s Upper Paleolithic: the case of Vale Boi (southern Portugal). Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology. doi:10.1007/s41982-019-0022-5

• HORTA, P., Cascalheira, J. & Bicho, N. (2018). Lithic bipolar technology through space and time. Proceedings of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution, 8: 93.

• Cascalheira, J., Bicho, N., Manne, T. & HORTA, P. (2017). Cross-scale adaptive behaviors during the Upper Paleolithic in Iberia: The example of Vale Boi (Southwestern Portugal). Quaternary International, 446: 17-30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2017.01.002

• HORTA, P., Cascalheira, J. & Bicho, N. (2017). Sobre a definição e interpretação das tecnologias líticas bipolares em contextos pré-históricos. Proceedings of the II conference of the Association of Portuguese Archaeologists. In Estado da Questão: 385-392. Lisbon: Associação dos Arqueólogos Portugueses.

• Bicho, N., Cascalheira, J., Tátá, F. & HORTA, P. (2017).  A ocupação Neanderthal no sul de Portugal: a Gruta da Companheira, Portimão. In Gomes, A., Gonçalves, C., André, L., Bicho, N. and Boski, T. (eds.), Changes in environmental systems and their time scales. Abstract Book of the IX Iberian Quaternary Meeting: 113-114. Faro: ICArEHB & CIMA.

• HORTA, P., Cascalheira, J., Bicho, N. & Regala, F. (2017). The Neanderthal Occupation in Southwestern Iberia: preliminary data from the Gruta da Companheira site. Proceedings of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution, 6: 93.

• HORTA, P., Cascalheira, J. & Bicho, N. (2015). Preliminary technological comparison between chert and quartz splintered pieces from the Upper Paleolithic of Vale Boi (Southwestern Iberia). Abstracts for International Symposium on Knappable Materials. Session “On the Rocks”: 37.

• HORTA, P., Cascalheira, J. & Bicho, N. (2015). Expedient tools for intensive practices: the bipolar implements from the Upper Paleolithic site of Vale Boi (Southwestern Iberia). Proceedings of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution, 4: 124.

Research

Participation in ICArEHB Projects

• since 2018
Lithic analyst/Field work organizer/Artifact treatment
Research Fellow in the “The origins and evolution of human cognition and the impact of Southwestern European coastal ecology” project. Funded by the European Fund for Regional Development through the “Portugal 2020” program (P.I.: Nuno Bicho and Co-P.I.: João Cascalheira)

• since 2018
Lithic analyst/Excavator/Artifact treatment/Teaching assistant
Assisting in the “Investigating the Earliest anatomically modern human occupation in southern Iberia” project at the Vale Boi field school. Funded by the Institute for Field Research (P.I.: Nuno Bicho and João Cascalheira)

• 2015-2016
Lithic analyst/Excavator/Artifact Treatment
Volunteered in the excavation of the Upper Paleolithic site of Vale Boi (P.I.: Nuno Bicho and João Cascalheira)

• 2012-2014
Lithic analyst/Excavator /Artifact Treatment
Participated in the project “The last Neanderthals and the emergence of Modern Humans in Southwestern Iberia”. Funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation and Wenner-Grenn Foundation (PI: Nuno Bicho)

• 2011-2013
Lithic analyst/Excavator/Artifact Treatment
Aided in the completion of “The last hunter-gatherers of Muge (Portugal): the origins of social complexity” project. Funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation (PI: Nuno Bicho).

 

Participation in other Projects

• since 2017
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology/Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Dryanovo, Bulgaria
Lithic analyst/Excavator/Artifact Treatment
Collaborating in the “Settlement of Homo sapiens in Central North Bulgaria, chronostratigraphy and Pleistocene paleoenviroment in the context of the Lower Danube Valley” project. Scientific cooperation between NIAM-BAS, Sofia and EVA-MPI, Leipzig (P.I.: Nikolai Sirakov and Jean-Jaques Hublin)

• 2017
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology/National Institute of Archaeology and Heritage Sciences, Rabat, Morocco, Rabat, Morocco
Excavator/Artifact Treatment
Collaborated in the excavation of the Middle Stone Age site of Jebel Irhoud (Marroco). Scientific cooperation between EVA-MPI, Leipzig and National Institute of Archaeology and Heritage Sciences, Rabat, Morocco (P.I.: Abdelouahed Ben-ncer and Jean-Jaques Hublin)

• 2016
Museo Arqueológico Regional de la Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Excavator/Artifact Treatment
Volunteered in the excavation of the Middle Paleolithic site of Pinilla del Vale (Madrid, Spain) Museo Arqueológico Regional de la Comunidad de Madrid project (P.I.: Enrique Baquedano and Juan Luiz Arsuaga)

 

Personal Projects

• since 2016
PhD project “Role of Bipolar Technology in the adaptation of the first modern humans in Europe”

• since 2016
Contracted as a pre-historian for the prospection of several caves near the Gruta da Companheira site (Middle Paleolithic)

• since 2014
Recurrent participant in the CEEAA’S performing cave prospection activities in Southern Portugal as an invited Archaeologist