Inés is ICREA Research professor in the Section of Prehistory and Archaeology (Universitat de Barcelona) since 2010, and Vice-president of the World Archaeological Congress (2017-2020). Through her current and previous positions at the Universities of Valencia (Spain) and Flinders (Australia) she explores the ‘Archaeologies’ of rock art from a multidisciplinary approach. Her performance in archaeology has earned her a number of academic awards and distinctions: Honorary Associate Researcher at the Dep. of Archaeology, Flinders University (Australia) since 2009; Blaze O’Connor memorial award (WAC, Jordan, 2013); Honorary appointment as guest professor at HeTao University (Inner Mongolia, China) (2010); Honorary Research Fellow of Inner Mongolia Rock Art Protection and Research Association, and Inner Mongolia Rock Art Research Academy (2010) and a PhD University Award (Premio extraordinario de doctorado) (2006).
My current research projects aim at brigding the gap between scientific and heritage approaches to one of Europe's most extraordinary bodies of rock art, awarded UNESCO Wolrd Heritage Status in 1998: Levantine rock art. This research has been recently awarded an ERC CoG (2018). Her primary aim is to achieve an holistic view of this art by combining a multidisciplinary (Archaeology, Heritage Science, IT and Ethnoarchaeology) and a multiscale approach (from microanalysis to landscape perspectives) to: a. Redefine LRA through new dating techniques and analythical methods to understand the creative process. b. Use this rock art tradition as a proxy to raise new questions of global interest on the evolution of creative thinking and human cognition. c. Define best practices and protocols for open air rock art conservation and management.
Key wordsPostpalaeolithic Rock art in Mediterranean Spain (Levantine, Macro-schematic and Schematic traditions), style, techniques, social identity, pigment analysis, ethnoarchaeology, Australian Indigenous rock art, Digital rock art recording methods.