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Dr Telmo Pereira

Prehistoric Archaeology

University of Algarve



Dr Telmo Pereira is an Assistant Researcher in the University of Algarve, Portugal, exploring the emergence of modern human behaviour in the southwest Iberian peninsula and southern Africa. He graduated in Archaeology from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, in 2001 and completed his PhD in Prehistoric Archaeology in 2010 at the University of Algarve.

He has been researching prehistoric technology, the paleoenvironment and human adaptations since 1998, with the main focus of his research being the period between the Middle Paleolithic and the Neolithic eras. Since 2004, he has been approaching these phenomena from a high-resolution perspective, first as a Junior Researcher at the Paleoecology and Paleobotany Laboratory of the former Portuguese Institute for Archaeology (2004-2006), then with Upper Paleolithic stone-tools within the scope of his PhD (2007-2010), after which he (and colleagues) created a mechanical prototype to perform high-resolution experimental studies (2011-onwards) and raw materials characterization (2015-onwards).

Since 1996, he has been awarded with more than a dozen research grants and contracts, some of them highly competitive. His publishing track record comprises one book and numerous papers in international journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings, at which he has given dozens of posters, podium presentations and invited oral presentations. Since 2011 he has also being teaching and supervising students, several of them awarded with international grants.

Among other things, he has created a model that relates environmental changes with technological shifts, started building a large reference collection of knappable raw materials in Portugal (LusoLit), and established LARMAT (Laboratory for Analysis of Raw Materials and Ancient Tools), a high-resolution laboratory for the study of archaeological artefacts.