João Cascalheira

Researcher, ICArEHB

Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behaviour (ICArEHB)
FCHS, University of Algarve
Campus de Gambelas
8005-139 Faro

(+351) 912 468 600

ORCID: 0000-0003-0321-8892


Research Interests

I am an archaeologist interested in prehistoric hunter-gatherer adaptations, specifically in how these are related to processes of climate and environmental change. I focus on the study of lithic technological organization and its correlation with various aspects of ecological dynamics and human behavior. Geographically, my research focus on Western Europe and Southeast Africa. I am also interested in computer and quantitative applications in archaeological practice, mostly in the use and development of new digital methods and tools to collect and analyze data in the field and in the laboratory.

Short Bio

I completed my Ph.D. in 2013, at the University of Algarve, where I am presently a Researcher at ICArEHB. Since the beginning of my Ph.D. I have been involved in a great number of multidisciplinary projects, both in Iberia and in Mozambique, in which I have been responsible for the design and management of field and laboratory work, as well as for the lithic and spatial analysis. Currently, I direct fieldwork in several sites within the context of my ERC Consolidator Grant – FINISTERRA: Population trajectories and cultural dynamics of the late Neanderthals in Far Western Eurasia. I am also a collaborator in different projects on the Middle and Later Stone Age in Mozambique and Sudan. My publication record counts with 5 books/edited volumes, more than 40 publications in peer-review journals, and more than 50 other publications as first author or in collaboration. I also have more than 150 public presentations in international professional conferences.