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Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership - Student Profiles



I read Archaeology at Complutense University of Madrid (2016) and continued my studies with and MSc in Archaeological Sciences: Technology and Materials at UCL (2017). After working as technician at the School of Archaeology and Ancient History (University of Leicester), I am now pursuing a PhD in Archaeology funded by the AHRC-DTP and the Cambridge Trust.


My research focuses on the evolution, co-existence and adaptation of tin-bronze alloying methods over time. I am interested in understanding when the different alloying techniques appeared, why they co-existed and how this can be linked to broader socio-economic and technological dynamics operating over time and space. I am focussing my research on Northeaster Iberia analysing bronze slags and technical ceramics from different sites dated from Early Bronze Age to Iron Age.

My main areas of interest are:

  • Technical knowledge development and transmission
  • Material analyses and analytical techniques
  • European Later Prehistory


Key publications: 

Montes-Landa, J.; Montero-Ruiz, I.; Castanyer Masoliver, P.; Santos Retolaza, M.; Tremoleda Trilla, J. and Martinón-Torres, M. (2020).Traditions and innovations: versatility of copper and tin bronze making recipes in Iron Age Emporion (L'Escala, Spain). Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences

Department: Archaeology
Supervisor: Prof Marcos Martinón-Torres
College: Trinity College
AHRC subject area: Archaeology
Title of thesis: Evolution, co-existence and adaptation of bronze-making recipes in Prehistory. A study case from North-Eastern Iberia.
 Julia  Montes-Landa