Technical changes in the Late Upper Paleolithic of Morocco. A case study from Ifri El Baroud


Alessandro Potì is a PhD student in Project C2 at the Institute of Prehistoric Archaeology (University of Cologne) since February 2014.

I studied Prehistory at the University of Ferrara (Italy). Since that time I’ve been mainly interested in lithic technology and in the adaptive behaviors of Paleolithic human groups. In my master thesis I analyzed, by means of a 3D geometric morphometric approach, a specific component of stone artifacts from the Lower Paleolithic site of Pirro Nord (S-Italy).


Alessandro Potì

In the PhD study my research will focus on the Late Upper Paleolithic occupation of the Maghreb, and in particular on the techno-economical analysis of the lithic industry coming from the iberomaurusian site of Ifri El Baroud, NE-Morocco. The principal aim of the project is to characterize from a technological point of view the internal differentiation of the Iberomaurusian (early and younger occupation phases) and to link archaeological data with off-site paleo-environmental data”.

In this talk he will introduce the working region, the aims and research questions of his PhD project, and will present first results and working plan for next year.

Event Information:

Date, Time: 15/12/2014, 16:30 h – 17:00 h

Location: Room S22, Seminargebäude (Building 106), Universitätsstraße 37 , Cologne