Miguel Ángel Álvarez Vázquez
Degree in Environmental Sciences (ULE, 2011); Master in Advanced Chemistry (UVigo & USC, 2012) and Teaching, Vocational Training and Language Teaching (UVigo, 2013). Doctor from UVigo, USC, UDC, UTAD, UMinho & UAVR universities (Marine Science, Technology and Management, Campus of Mar International Campus of Excellence, 2017). He taught Geography and History (subjects in the Physical Geography Area), Primary Education (Didactics of the Experimental Sciences) and Early Childhood Education (Geography).
Researcher in the Group of Studies on Archeology, Antiquity and Territory, GEAAT (UVigo), member of the Group of Educational Innovation in Heritage Heritage Action, GIDEP (UVigo).
Author of collective works, scientific articles in indexed magazines and communications to congresses, related to processes of society-nature interrelation based on geochemical tracers; alterations of natural and anthropogenic origin in river systems; and natural and cultural heritage related to river environments. He is currently developing his research as a postdoctoral researcher (Xunta de Galicia) around the traceability of the human punch in river records.
Keywords: integrated geography, environmental history, chemostratigraphy, small rivers.
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Historian of religion, trained in classical philology and medieval history (PhD: 2007, Central European University; 2008: European Doctorate in the History of the Mediterranean, Universitá Ca’ Foscari, Venezia).
For 20 years I studied in various aspects the transformation of pagan rituals in late antiquity, especially in the field of sacred places, healing cults, ex votos, the concept of illness and the literature of miracles, or the hagiography of healing saints. My first book focuses on the history of incubation, its development as a practice and as literature from Asclepius to the Byzantine medical saints. I am currently working on the concept of sin and disease in ancient Greece. Then I became more involved in related topics, such as dreams and visions, sacred space, pilgrimages, the history of medicine and later still the development of the dynamics of miracles in the Middle Ages. My second book was a collection of miracles of St. Margaret of Hungary and topics related to her canonisation and her figure as a princess, royal nun, and a living saint centred on her feminine tasks. My latest publication is an essay in the Companion to Medieval Miracle Collections, Brill, 2021. Between 2002-2018 I held research positions at different European universities (Warburg Institute, Fondation Hardt, Marie Curie fellowship, Wellcome Institute, CSIC, Harvard University, University of Reading, European Science Foundation, ERC) and taught masters and doctoral courses at the Central European University on various topics of medieval and ancient history.
Postdoctoral researcher Xunta de Galicia-Modality B at the Grupo de Estudios de Arqueoloxia, Antigüedad y Territorio (GEAAT) of the University of Vigo, as well as at the Institute of Evolution in Africa (IDEA) of the University of Alcalá de Henares. He focuses his research on ancient European and African prehistory. Specifically, he works on the study of human populations with Acheulean technology from the Lower and Middle Plistocene, as well as the analysis of distribution patterns and taphonomic interests on archaeological sites.
She teaches on the Degree in Geography and History at the University of Vigo, on the Interuniversity Master’s Degree in Archaeology and Ancient Sciences at the University of Santiago de Compostela, and has participated in other postgraduate programmes such as the Master’s Degree in Archaeology at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon.
He carries out his research at different Palaeolithic sites in the Iberian Peninsula, such as El Sotillo (Ciudad Real), Cuesta de lana Bajada (Teruel), Siega Verde (Salamanca) and, more specifically, in the Miño river basin. In this area he leads the research projects of different Acheulean sites such as Arbo, Puerto Mayor or Gándaras de Budiño. He is also co-director of the “Italo-Spanish Archaeological Mission at Melka Kunture and Balchit” (Ethiopia) and member of the research team of “The Olduvai Paleoanthropology and Paleoecology Project (TOPPP)” of the Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania).
He is part of the working teams or is PI of different national and international research projects, such as “Economy of raw materials, behavioural patterns and occupation of the territory associated with technological development in Olduvai Gorge wool (Tanzania)” (HAR2017-82463-C4-2-P), “Variability of Homo erectus behaviour during the Lower Pleistocene in the Ethiopian Highlands at Melka Kunture (Ethiopia)” (PALARQ Foundation, years 2019-21), “Variability of human behaviour during the Middle Pleistocene in Europe: coexistence of the Acheulean and Middle Palaeolithic in the Iberian Peninsula wool” (PGC2018-093612-B-I00), “Tradition, evolution and coexistence in the Palaeolithic technocomplexes of the Middle Pleistocene of the Iberian Peninsula wool” (CIEN154P20), or “The Early Acheulean (2. 0-1.7 million years ago) at Melka Kunture on the Ethiopian Highlands” (Leakey Foundation, year 2022). http://www.melkakunture.it // https://ideamadrid.com
Iria Souto Castro
Graduated in Geography and History from the University of Vigo, specialising in Ancient History, she completed a Master’s degree in Teaching in Social Sciences: Geography and History. Subsequently, she took several courses in Egyptology at the University of Murcia, as well as pre-doctoral stays at the University of Birmingham and Oxford. He also participated in conferences in Ourense, A Coruña, Madrid, Zaragoza, Murcia, Birmingham and Berlin, as well as in several publications. As complements to his training, he specialised in Late Egyptian (Ramesside Period), Egyptian religion and Ancient Egyptian History. She participated in an archaeological project/course in Luxor and is currently finishing her PhD thesis in the Uvigo programme in Cultural Heritage Protection.