Elia Quesada

Elia Quesada
University of Cordoba (Spain) | UCO · Department of Geography and Science of the Territory

Master in Archaeology and Territory


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Graduated in History of Art at the University of Murcia (Spain) in 2002, I looked for specialization through a Master in “Archaeology and Territory” at the University of Granada, Spain (2007). In September 2008 I defended my Master ́s Thesis: "Archaeology and Gender in the Late Prehistory of Western Sahara". Since 2013, I have been a member of a Spanish independent research group (4D·arte rupestre), which applies a protocol for registration and monitoring of painted caves in the Mediterranean area of the Iberian Peninsula, based on the application of cutting-edge techniques. I currently combine professional projects with my researcher activity in order to obtain my doctoral dissertation, "Contribution to the Study of Rock Art in the Region of Meheriz (Western Sahara).


Publications (17)
Methodology for rock art documentation has significantly improved in the last ten years, during which cutting edge technologies have contributed to achieving more accurate representation of pictographs. The plug-in DStretch is an important tool in that process, allowing the identification of very poorly conserved pigments and an easier distinction...
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Since 2013 the projects “4D · arte rupestre” have been carried out in more than 20 sites along the eastern half of the Iberian Peninsula, in locations included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1998. The purpose of these projects was the development of protocols for diagnosis and monitoring of rock art sites, using several cutting-edge technolo...
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The former Spanish Sahara is the last remaining colony in Africa. Most of the local people have been living in refugee camps in Algeria for the last 40 years and this situation has largely conditioned the archaeological research in the territory for a long time. In spite of the Saharawi Ministry of Culture in exile occasionally collaborating with E...
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Presentation of project DARSSO´s results, wich was recently conducted in the Saharawi Refugee camps in Tindouf (Argelia)
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Download it in: http://www.cuadernosdearterupestre.es/arterupestre/libro4D.pdf
Conference Paper
A proposal for the giraffes pictographs in Western Sahara Elia Quesada Martínez PhD candidate of Córdoba University (Spain) Abstract The large number of depictions of giraffes in African rock art shows the prominent role of this species since prehistoric times among cultures from different latitudes of the continent. From South Africa to the Sa...
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The Sahrawi rock art heritage: the other side of the Sahara Elia Quesada Martínez PhD Candidate of Cordoba University (Spain) ABSTRACT The ancient prehistoric communities of the Sahara desert left behind them numerous archaeological remains all over this vast geography, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea. Lithic industries dating from Early-M...


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Current situation throughout North Africa, and the recent confrontations between Morocco and the UN, are destabilizing the Western Sahra even more. Contributes to preserving the Sahrawis rock paintings before they become war trenches again and it is too late!


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Projects (2)
Archived project
Dear colleagues, Website is now available Http://vull.4darterupestre.com/home/0/0/ES First repository of Levantine Rock Art through the area of Valltorta-Gasulla_Ulldecona (Catellón-Tarrragona. Spain). The ArteRupestre_4D team has worked intensely for 3 years so that finally public can accede to this great Patrimony of the Humanity !!! Here you will find information on a wide variety of shelters, clicking on each you will have access to 3D MODELS, high-resolution GIGAPIXEL pictures of the panels and others in FALSE COLOR to find figures difficult to perceive. You also have magnificent views of the surrounding landscape! We hope you enjoy it !!!! Estimad@s colegas, Ya está disponible la página web http://vull.4darterupestre.com/home/0/0/ES El primer repositorio del Arte Rupestre de la Valltorta-Gasulla_Ulldecona (Catellón-Tarrragona). Tres años de trabajo del equipo ArteRupestre_4D para que finalmente podáis acceder a este gran Patrimonio de la Humanidad!!! En la página encontraréis información sobre una amplia variedad de abrigos, pinchando en cada uno tendréis acceso a MODELOS 3D, Fotografías Gigapíxel en alta resolución de los paneles y otras a Falso Color para descubrir motivos difíciles de percibir. También podéis adentraros en los magníficos paisajes de la zona! Esperamos que lo disfrutéis!!!!
A small contribution can help to preserve one of the most important rock-art sites in the world, worthy of being declared World Heritage Sites, but sadly neglected by organizations such as UNESCO because of the unstable political situation in the territory. MORE INFORMATION darsso.project@gmail.com Facebook: @ArteRupestreDARSSO Con una pequeña aportación, contribuye a la preservación de uno de los conjuntos rupestres más importantes del planeta, merecedor de ser declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad, pero tristemente desatendido por organismos como UNESCO debido a la inestable situación política del territorio. MÁS INFORMACIÓN darsso.project@gmail.com Facebook: @ArteRupestreDARSSO