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Domingo Carlos Salazar

Domingo Carlos Salazar García




Affiliation: University of Valencia. Prehistory, Archaelogy and Ancient History Department.

Fields or areas of research Prehistory, Archaelogy, Biomolecular archaelogy, Human evolution

Domingo C. Salazar García (born Valencia, 1981; Ph.D. Leipzig-Valencia, 2012) is a biomolecular archaeologist whose research focuses on the reconstruction of lifestyles from prehistoric and early historic time periods. Especially interested in Neanderthals, the transition to farming, and the emergence of complex societies, he is working mainly on projects in the Mediterranean, South America and Southern Africa. He tracks human diet, health and migration through biogeochemical (isotope and proteomic analysis) and microscopic techniques on a range of human and faunal tissues (bone, teeth, hair, dental calculus).

His research career has been strongly international, at institutions like the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, the Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, the University of Cape Town and the University of the Basque Country. He is currently CIDEGENT Research Professor at the Department of Prehistory, Archaeology and Ancient History of the University of Valencia, as well as Associate Researcher at the Department of Human Evolution (MPI-EVA) and Honorary Research Affiliate at the Department of Geological Sciences (UCT).

In 2020 he transferred his research from Ikerbasque, the Basque Foundation for Science, to start his CIDEGENT project in the Prehistory, Archeology and Ancient History Department of the University of Valencia. This project aims to integrate different techniques and fields in the study of diet from past populations. Specifically, it targets the dietary patterns at the transition to agriculture (from Late Upper Palaeolithic to the Late Neolithic) in Mediterranean Iberia. Besides the archaeological and anthropological background studies required to develop this project, the main methods selected to obtain complementary dietary information are stable isotope analysis on bone collagen and the study of plant micro-remains from dental calculus.

People associated with the project as technical support staff: 1