Marta Sánchez de la Torre

Marta Sánchez de la Torre
University of Barcelona | UB · Department of History and Archaeology section of Prehistory and Archaeology

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Introduction
Fields of research: Lithic raw material characterization, geochemistry, human procurement, human mobility in mountain environments
Additional affiliations
January 2020 - present
University of Barcelona
Position
  • PostDoc Position
September 2018 - present
University of Zaragoza
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
January 2018 - December 2019
University of Zaragoza
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
October 2011 - January 2015
University of Barcelona
Field of study
  • Archaeology
September 2010 - June 2012
University of Barcelona
Field of study
  • Archaeology
September 2006 - June 2010
University of Barcelona
Field of study
  • History

Publications

Publications (88)
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Xicotó Rockshelter (Alòs de Balaguer, Lleida, Spain) is located in the eastern Pre-Pyrenean range in north-east Iberia, in the middle Segre River Basin. Since 2013, archaeological works have been developed by a team from the Prehistoric Studies and Research Seminar (SERP) at the University of Barcelona and up to three sedimentary levels have been i...
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The multi-method study of a Pyrenean lithological tracer, the Montgaillard-Montsaunès chert type, is presented in this paper. These cherts outcrop in the northern Pyrenees, in three outcrops belonging to two Upper Cretaceous formations: the marly flysch cherts from the Campanian-Maastrichtian (Buala and Montsaunès outcrops) and the grey flysch cher...
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The Fuente del Trucho Cave (Asque‐Colungo, Huesca, Spain) is located in the central Pre‐Pyrenean range in NE Iberia, in the Arpán ravine, a tributary of the Vero River. The mouth of the cave is 22 m wide and it is oriented to the SE. The entrance gives access to a 24 m deep hall. Palaeolithic paintings were discovered in the cave in 1978. The Fuent...
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Caune de Belvis (Aude, France) is located in the northern slopes of the eastern Pyrenees, in south-east France. Excavations at the site during the final decades of the past century identified several human occupations from the Late Mousterian (Maroto et al. 2003) and the Magdalenian periods (Sacchi 1993). The archaeological remains are mostly compo...
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The Chaves cave (Huesca, Spain) is located in the central Pre‐Pyrenean range in NE Iberia. It is a huge cave opening to the east, which was systematically excavated between 1975 and 2007. Several human occupations from the Upper Palaeolithic and the Neolithic periods were documented. Archaeological investigations had barely covered a tenth of the t...
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CITATIONS 0 READS 5 8 authors, including: Some of the authors of this publication are also working on these related projects: Cultural behaviour of hunter-gatherer societies during the Early Upper Palaeolithic in northeast Iberia. Techno-morphological study of personal ornaments View project The importance of small prey in Iberian Palaeolithic hunt...
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The geographical name of Monegros has traditionally been used to describe a high‐quality, dark‐coloured chert originating in a carbonate lacustrine environment, being one of the most important long‐distance tracers in south‐west Europe during prehistory. This chert type outcrops in the Monegros region, situated in the Ebro Basin (north‐eastern Iber...
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Chert was one of the most used lithic raw materials by Palaeolithic groups to make their tools. Their char-acterisation is essential for determining their provenance and inferring mobility patterns and lithic procurement strategies. The Pyrenees-a mountain range traditionally viewed as a natural boundary between the Iberian Peninsula and the rest o...
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Solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance, which enables the characterization of structures of a variety of materials whatever their crystallinity/amorphous state, is used in the present work to determine the provenance of two raw materials, namely marbles and cherts. Regarding marbles, the ¹³C NMR signal of the carbonate function contains information...
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El Abric del Xicotó y Les Auvelles son yacimientos inéditos situados en el extremo occidental de Cataluña (entre el Prepirineo y el llano). Los primeros datos disponibles indican para Xicotó un uso complejo del espacio (estructuras de combustión, agujeros de poste y fosas) durante una fase de cerámicas impresas no cardiales c. 5300-5000 cal BC, sig...
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As part of a current archaeological project focusing on the Azraq Basin, through notably the excavation of the Early-Middle Epipalaeolithic site of Kharaneh IV, a geoarchaeological analysis was started to ultimately characterize the chert types exploited by the inhabitants of the site and to assess their geographical origins. In order to examine pr...
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This paper contributes to an understanding of the distances and choices involved in raw material procurement strategies by Upper Palaeolithic communities through a Pyrenean geo-archaeological case study. Methodologically, it involved using Particle Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) with a focused proton beam to determine the concentration and distribut...
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In the framework of a postdoctoral project to geochemically characterise Pyrenean cherts, a new marine chert outcrop in the Central Pyrenees has been defined. This new discovery, called the Buala outcrop, and its flysch chert type, provide new information about marine chert sources in the Pyrenean chain, leading us to reconsider prehistoric chert p...
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Depuis 2016, le PCR « Réseau de lithothèques en région Centre - Val de Loire » s’inscrit dans une perspective de recherche sur les modes d’exploitation des ressources minérales et sur la territorialité des groupes humains préhistoriques.
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The open-air site of Montlleó (Prats i Sansor, Catalonia), located in the Coll de Saig at 1144 masl, is in one of the most propitious mountain passage to cross the Pyrenees. An assemblage of 50 shell beads has been recovered in the archaeological site with a chronocultural sequence belonging to the Early Middle Magdalenian. In this paper we have ca...
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The open air site of Montlleó (Prats i Sansor, Lérida, Spain) was discovered in 1998 and has been excavated since 2000 by a multidisciplinary team from the SERP research group, University of Barcelona. The presence of lithic and bone industries, as well as shell ornaments, have shown the importance of the site for hunter-gatherer Magdalenian groups...
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In the wake of the discovery of numerous large blade workshops at Le Grand-Pressigny site (Indre-et-Loire, France), which initially aroused great interest, the mid-Loire Valley region became central to studies of flint diffusion. Despite the quality of the initial work, the widely shared view now is that the capacity for this concept to continue to...
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Montlleó open-air site is located in the hearth of the Catalan Pyrenees, at 1040 m asl. The site, placed in one of the largest high-attitude valleys in the Pyrenees, the Cerdanya Valley, is a natural road to cross the Pyrenees in the Eastern part. The site was discovered in 1998 and has been annually excavated since 2000. Two different human occupa...
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Au cours de ces dernières années un intense travail de terrain a été fait sur la Chaîne Pyrénéenne, avec le but de déterminer les gîtes à silex utilisés potentiellement par les groupes humains préhistoriques (Sánchez de la Torre, 2015). Dans le cadre de ces études, notre attention a été focalisée sur un type de silex qui semble avoir circulé sur qu...
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Un rapport de 184 pages sur les thèmes de la matière première, de la méthodologie, du silex, de l'extraction du silex, de la cartographie, des territoires et des comportements sociaux.
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(french version). Dans le sillage des découvertes d’ateliers de taille de grandes lames faites au Grand-Pressigny (Indre-et-Loire, France) qui suscitèrent alors un vif intérêt, la région Centre-Val de Loire est depuis longtemps au cœur de la réflexion sur la diffusion du silex. Malgré la qualité de ces travaux, le besoin de dépasser cet état de la...
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An intense fieldwork focusing on the definition and characterization of chert sources outcropping in the Pyrenees (SW Europe) was recently done . This work was linked to a PhD research concentrated in determining Magdalenian human mobility in the Pyrenees through the analysis of chert tools. This study contemplated a textural, petrographic and micr...
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Because of its rich record of Magdalenian sites, the Arudy Basin is a key case for the study of resettlement dynamics in the Pyrenean valleys after the Last Glacial Maximum. Interpretations are, however, hampered by the ancient age of many excavations. The recently acquired data from Laa 2 cave contribute to filling this gap, although the excavatio...
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El yacimiento al aire libre de Montlleó (Prats i Sansor, Lleida), localizado en el Coll de Saig a 1134 m.s.n.m., es uno de los pasos de montaña más propicios para cruzar los Pirineos. Este paso comunica el valle del Ebro con el golfo de Lion, a través de las cuencas fluviales del Segre i el Têt. Esta ubicación lo convierte en un enclave estratégico...
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La caracterización geoquímica del sílex resulta una etapa esencial para la determinación de las formaciones explotadas por los grupos humanos que emplearon este material para la confección de su utillaje lítico a lo largo de la Prehistoria. Si bien los primeros estadios de toda caracterización deben pasar por el análisis textural, micropaleontológi...
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We geochemically characterize two chert formations outcropping in the Pyrenees and presenting similar characteristics at the visual and microscopic scale: The Montgaillard flysch cherts and the Montsaunès cherts. Cherts presenting identical textural and micropalaeontological features as both types have been found in several Magdalenian Pyrenean sit...
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The geochemical characterization of several lacustrine chert formations outcropping in the Central-Eastern Pre-Pyrenean area is presented. Four geological formations were considered: one Upper Cretaceous (Tremp formation), two Oligocene (Castelltallat and Tartareu-Alberola formations) and one Miocene (Aragonian limestones formation). Furthermore, l...
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The geochemical character of two chert formations from the Pyrenean mountain range (SW Europe) was established by PIXE analyses. While it was not possible to distinguish the formations through reference to major and minor elements, some variations were revealed at the trace elemental level. In order to determine if these elements are associated wit...
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Changes in colors on bones due to cremations may have different origins, such as the cremation during cooking, use as fuel, cremation in housekeeping of a home area or accidental burning. In order to discern the cremation types and the depositional processes of thermoaltered remains in hearths, we analyzed the taphonomic features of the faunal asse...
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Le site en plein air de Montlleó (Prats i Sansor, La Cerdagne espagnole) est localisé sur une petite colline dans la haute vallée du Sègre. Au coeur de la plaine de la Cerdagne sur un axe stratégique de communications - ou couloir - entre les deux versants des Pyrénées. Les caractéristiques culturelles des industries lithiques, aussi bien que des d...
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En prenant comme cadre géographique la chaîne pyrénéenne et plus précisément sa partie centre-orientale, nous présentons dans cet article les types de silex qui ont eu une grande diffusion le long du versant nord de la chaîne pyrénéenne pendant la période chronologique du Magdalénien. Ces silex peuvent être définis comme des traceurs lithologiques...
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The open air site of Montlleó (Prats i Sansor, Catalonia), located in the Coll de Saig at 1134 m.o.s.l., is in one of the most propitious mountain passage to cross the Pyrenees. This passage communicates the Ebro basin to the gulf of Lyon through the valleys of Segre and Têt rivers. This situation makes it a strategic location for controlling the c...
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In 2012, during a field survey to locate primary outcrops of cherts in the Carrodilla Mountain Range (Huesca, Spain), abundant remains of chert-knapping were found next to nodular cherts in primary and sub-primary position from the Garumnian limestones. Chert knapping evidences were discovered in Tozal de la Mesa mount, near the town of Alins del M...
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An intense fieldwork focusing on the definition and characterization of chert sources outcropping in the Pyrenees (SW Europe) was recently done1. This work was linked to a PhD research concentrated in determining Magdalenian human mobility in the Pyrenees through the analysis of chert tools. This study contemplated a textural, petrographic and micr...
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Results obtained after the archaeopetrological analyses of lithic tools from the open-air site of Montlleó (Prats i Sansor, Lleida) are presented below. Macroscopic, microscopic and geochemical observation permitted recognitionof the textural, petrographic, micropaleontological, as well as mineralogical composition of the exploited cherts. Results...
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El yacimiento de Auvelles (Castelló de Farfanya, Lleida), intervenido en 2004 en el marco de una excavación preventiva por la construcción del canal de riego Algerri-Balaguer, presenta 140 estructuras negativas de tipologías diversas. La mayor parte de éstas poseen una cronología de la segunda mitad del V milenio cal BC, aunque también se han detec...
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El Abric del Xicotó constituye un pequeño abrigo ubicado en el término municipal de Alòs de Balaguer (Lleida, España). El abrigo, con una longitud máxima E-W de 18 m y una amplitud N-S de 8 m, se localiza a pocos metros del río Segre y a los pies del Domo de Sant Mamet y la Sierra del Montsec, en pleno Prepirineo de Lleida. La excavación en extensi...
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The geochemical characterisation of the Montgaillard flysch cherts and the Montsaunès cherts by LA-ICP-MS. Archaeological implications for the Magdalenian of SW Europe
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Nodular cherts from the Agua-Salenz Formation appear within packstone limestones from the Conacian period (Upper Cretaceous) outcropping in the area of Sopeira basin and the south of the Turbon massif (Huesca, Spain). It is the aim of this paper to demonstrate that we are faced to a new territorial marker. Its characterization has allowed us to det...
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Under the Magdatis project a new evolutionary model has been proposed for the Middle and Upper Magdalenian based on a review of several lithic assemblages from southwest France. The Lower Magdalenian is not addressed in this article. Single lithic assemblages and stratigraphic sequences have been compared according to several parameters: the origin...