Miguel Cortés Sánchez

Miguel Cortés Sánchez
Universidad de Sevilla | US · Departamento de Prehistoria Y Arqueología

PhD in Prehistory

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February 2011 - present
Universidad de Sevilla
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During the Last Glacial Maximum and deglaciation, the Iberian Peninsula served as a faunal and human population refugium. Human foodways have always played a pivotal role in understanding social and cultural practices in prehistory. Nonetheless, the limited number of archaeological sites and human remains in this region hinders the complete underst...
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The record of freshwater mollusks in archaeological sites dates back to the Middle Paleolithic (Cortés et al., 2019) and has been linked to different functions: consumption, symbolic element, elaboration of ornaments, shell inlay work or even used in buildings (Demarchi et al, 2014; Lozano-Francisco et al, 2004). However, and specifically in Andalu...
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The presence of fossils in Iberian archaeological sites is confirmed from the Upper Paleolithic to Bronze Age. In the Neolithic of the Iberian Peninsula they have been reported in 10 sites: Hoyo de la Mina; Hedionda-IV; Tesoro (Málaga); Los Castillejos (Granada); Peña de la Abuela (Soria); Benàmer (Alicante); Aljezur; Fontainhas; Estria; Monte Abra...
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Catálogo de representaciones de manos en el arte rupestre paleolítico de la península ibérica. Hipólito Collado Giraldo (Coord.)
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Catálogo de representaciones de manos en el arte rupestre paleolítico de la península ibérica. Hipólito Collado Giraldo (Coord.)
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This paper constitutes the first comprehensive review of animal fossils retrieved in Iberian archaeological sites. Out of 633 items from 82 sites, 143 were analyzed and a further 13 assessed and their status clarified by us on 20 sites. Among others, this study is the first one in Iberia to assess the role played by fossil scaphopods and to carry o...
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The presence of isolated human bones in cavities and sinkholes throughout Late Prehistory is a common phenomenon in a large part of the Iberian territory.
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La investigación arqueológica llevada a cabo en la pro-vincia de Málaga en los últimos años ha permitido incre-mentar de forma considerable el conocimiento sobre los grupos humanos que habitaron este territorio a partir de la 2.ª mitad del 6.º milenio cal BC (Cortés et al. 2010). Uno de los temas que ha suscitado mayor interés es la subsis-tencia d...
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An international group of archaeologists specializing in cave art explain the difficulties they faced to publish their response to another paper, previously published in Science (Hoffmann et al. 2018), reporting a Neanderthal origin of some Spanish cave paintings according to Uranium-thorium method. In their reply, they underlined the different sou...
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An international group of archaeologists specializing in cave art explain the diffi- culties they faced to publish their response to another paper, previously published in Science (Hoffmann et al. 2018), reporting a Neanderthal origin of some Spanish cave pain- tings according to Uranium-thorium method. In their reply, they underlined the diffe- re...
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The coast of Málaga constitutes a key territory for documenting the end of Palaeolithic times in the westernmost corner of the European continent. We present an overview of the economic, cultural and symbolic models documented in settlements from this region. Along with it, some of the main questions that will help to frame the research in this are...
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The Middle and Upper Pleistocene in the General Sequence of the Guadalquivir River Terraces (GSGT): new luminescence ages from the T12 and T13 terraces (La Rinconada, SW Spain): This work includes the luminescence dating (quartz-OSL, pIRIR on K-feldespar and TL) of the T12 and T13 terraces of the Guadalquivir River near La Rinconada (Seville). Lith...
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Westernmost Europe constitutes a key location in determining the timing of the replacement of Neanderthals by anatomically modern humans (AMHs). In this study, the replacement of late Mousterian industries by Aurignacian ones at the site of Bajondillo Cave (Málaga, southern Spain) is reported. On the basis of Bayesian analyses, a total of 26 radioc...
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The Middle (MP) and Early Upper Paleolithic (EUP) evidences of shellfish collection on the southern Iberian site of Bajondillo cave are presented and compared with Westernmost Mediterranean archaeological sites. The main feature is stasis for Mytilus galloprovincialis represents the dominant taxon during a ~120kyr temporal sequence. The second feat...
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The south of Iberia conserves an important group of Palaeolithic rock art sites. The graphisms have been mostly attributed to the Solutrean and Magdalenian periods, while the possibility that older remains exist has provoked extensive debate. This circumstance has been linked to both the cited periods, until recently, due to the transition from the...
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La Pileta Cave (Benaoján, Málaga) was discovered in 1905. Up to now, several hundred of graphic representations carried out during the Upper Palaeolithic have been documented. In 2016, a comprehensive documentation project for this field was launched. For this purpose, a high-resolution topographic documentation of the whole cavern is being carried...
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El Pirulejo rockshelter is an Upper Palaeolithic archaeological site located in Priego de Cordoba, Southern Iberia. The human occupation at the site is represented by human bones, lithics, fauna and bone tools. The material culture of El Pirulejo was recovered from the Bronze Age, Magdalenian and Solutrean layers until now, since the site was not f...
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El sistema híbrido consiste básicamente en una metodología de topografía espeleológica que incluye e integra los datos obtenidos mediante el medidor láser DistoX2 y –si es posible- la estación total y el GPS diferencial, procesándolos mediante los programas Topodroid, AutoCAD y Adobe Illustrator, utilizando unos procesos que permite obtener planos...
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This work presents the first results about the use of siliceous raw materials by the hunter-gatherer societies during the Late Glacial in the level 5 of El Pirulejo. El Pirulejo is located within the municipality of Priego de Córdoba (Córdoba, Spain).The archaeological level P/5 is classified as a Solutrean, according to the technological analysis...
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https://revistascientificas.us.es/index.php/spal/article/view/6176/5454 The work in the inner area of Gorham’s Cave, Gibraltar, has added to the Palaeolithic art located in the cave. Although work continues on the surveying and the study of the evidence found up to now, we present here a preview consisting of a representation of a red deer, and al...
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La creación del Museo Arqueológico de Frigiliana ha permitido al municipio incrementar la oferta cultural de la localidad por medio de los servicios y actividades ofertados a través de esta institución, que ha venido a complementar y mejorar sustancialmente las infraestructuras turísticas de la localidad representadas por el Barrio Mudéjar, declara...
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Fossil gathering by humans has been rarely documented in the Iberian Peninsula. In the present paper, a multidisciplinary approach has been taken to analyze a straight-tusked elephant (Elephas antiquus) molar retrieved in a Magdalenian deposit at the rock shelter of El Pirulejo in southern Spain. The taphonomical analyses revealed a multifarious us...
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This paper presents an archaeological, paleontological, taphonomical, chronological and geochemical study of a fossil oyster valve retrieved at the cave of La Pileta. The specimen was taken from Neogene fossiliferous deposits located more than 10 km away from the site. The shell was worked so as to become a portable lamp. 14C/AMS dating of the carb...
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Homo species were exposed to a new biogeochemical environment when they began to occupy caves. Here we report the first evidence of palaeopollution through geochemical analyses of heavy metals in four renowned archaeological caves of the Iberian Peninsula spanning the last million years of human evolution. Heavy metal contents reached high values d...
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Se presentan los primeros datos arqueobotánicos neolíticos de varios yacimientos malagueños (Cueva de Nerja, Hotel Guadalupe y Roca Chica). De la Cueva de Nerja se han estudiado materiales de las antiguas excavaciones de los años 1960 y 1970, mientras que en el caso de Hotel Guadalupe y Roca Chica, los materiales analizados proceden de actuaciones...
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Located at the crossroads of two rather different ecological and cultural worlds (Mediterranean Spain and Portuguese Atlantic), the site of Vale Boi is a crucial element in understanding the economic and social traits of the communities that inhabited Southwestern Iberia during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). Combining an open-air with a rockshelte...
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This study utilizes geomorphology, marine sediment data, environmental reconstructions and the Gorham's Cave occupational record during the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition to illustrate the impacts of climate changes on human population dynamics in the Western Mediterranean. Geomorphologic evolution has been dated and appears to be driven pr...
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This paper presents the first evidence for Palaeolithic portable art in Southern Portugal. This include two plaques, dated between 20,500 and 19,500 BP from Solutrean levels from the site of Vale Boi, Western Algarve (Portugal). One of the pieces is a small engraved schist plaque (14,6 × 8,1 mm) with abstract lines on one side. The other artefact i...
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New data and a review of historiographic information from Neolithic sites of the Malaga and Algarve coasts (southern Iberian Peninsula) and from the Maghreb (North Africa) reveal the existence of a Neolithic settlement at least from 7.5 cal ka BP. The agricultural and pastoralist food producing economy of that population rapidly replaced the coasta...
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The present paper describes an engraved plaquette with zoomorphic designs that includes three aurochs and a possible cervid. It was found in the site of Vale Boi, Algarve, southern Portugal, and its archaeological context is securely dated between 24-25 000 cal BP. All four figures seem to have been made at the same time, in a general composition,...
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El Gravetiense en el sur de la península ibérica ha experimentado un incremento sustancial de registros arqueológicos. Los nuevos estudios llevados a cabo sobre este periodo han permitido las primeras aproximaciones a este segmento cronocultural. En este trabajo expondremos una revisión de los datos e indicios para delimitar la posición de este tec...