Arturo Cueva Temprana

Arturo Cueva Temprana

Department of Archaeology

Main Focus

Arturo Cueva Temprana is a PhD. student currently working under the Stone Tools, Diet and Sociality Project (SDS) coordinated by Dr. Julio Mercader at the University of Calgary with the collaboration of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and several institutions from Tanzania, Canada and Spain.

His PhD project, supervised by Dr. Michael Petraglia and Dr. Julio Mercader, is focused on the technological evolution of Olduvai Gorge’s Bed I to Bed IV lithic assemblages, with the aim of performing diachronic comparisons by means of geometric morphometry and knapping sequence reconstructions.

In addition, his main research interests and expertise are related with the evolution of human cognition, technological complexity, archaeological theory and experimental archaeology.

Curriculum Vitae

Graduated in History at Universidad de Oviedo in 2015, he obtained his Master's degree in Quaternary Archaeology and Human Evolution at Universitat Rovira I Virgili in 2017. Between 2017 and 2019 he worked with the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES) in several projects, such as the Early Pleistocene site of El Barranc de la Boella, before joining the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

During his career he has participated in several fieldworks in Spain, Mongolia and Africa. Since 2018 he is a member of the Atapuerca Research Project.


Cueva-Temprana, A., Lombao, D., Morales, J. I., Geribàs, N., & Mosquera, M. (2019). Gestures During Knapping: A Two-perspective Approach to Pleistocene Technologies. Lithic Technology44(2), 74-89.

Lombao, D., Cueva-Temprana, A., Rabuñal, J. R., Morales, J. I., & Mosquera, M. (2019). The effects of blank size and knapping strategy on the estimation of core’s reduction intensity. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 1-17.

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