The Last Neanderthals in Portuguese Estremadura: The Case from Lapa do Picareiro (Portugal)


Start Date: Oct 23, 2020 - 10:00am

Location: Presented via Zoom

On Friday, October 23 at 10 am, Milena Carvalho (UNM Doctoral Student) presented her talk The Last Neanderthals in Portuguese Estremadura: The Case from Lapa do Picareiro (Portugal)  via zoom as part of the Anthropology Colloquia Speaker Series, Anthropology in 2020

Milena is a UNM PhD candidate, LAII PhD Fellow and ICArEHB (Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behaviour; affiliated student focusing on Neanderthal extinction and dispersal of modern humans in westernmost Iberia, more specifically Portugal.  She is a former NSF GRFP and AIA Archaeology of Portugal Fellow. Her dissertation will use zooarchaeological and stable isotope-based paleoenvironmental data to assess human behavior and human-environmental adaptations during the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition at Lapa do Picareiro, in central Portugal. She has been working in Portugal since 2013, and in 2016 joined the ICArEHB team working in Mozambique looking for Stone Age Sites. She has participated in other projects in Iberia such as the analysis of Middle Paleolithic faunas from Gruta Nova da Columbeira (Bombarral, Portugal), the analysis of Initial Magdalenian fauna from El Mirón  (Cantabria, Spain) with Dr. Straus,  excavation of Middle Paleolithic layers of Gruta do Escoural (Escoural, Portugal), among others. She is also one of the Amazon Liaisons for The Earth Archive, a project that will use LIDAR to scan the entire Amazonian Rainforest to look for archaeological sites and generate data that will be used for ecological and conservation purposes.

Hosted by the Department of Anthropology and the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies, the Department Colloquia Speaker Series will be held virtually via Zoom on Fridays at 10 am.  Upcoming speakers include (more details forthcoming): 

Dec 4 Helen Davis (Harvard)
Dec 11 Amanda Lea (Princeton)