Yamandú H. Hilbert
I am currently a postdoctoral P.R.I.M.E. fellow by the German Academic Exchange Agency (DAAD) , at the Archaeology of Social Dynamics (ASD) research group of the Milá y Fontanals Institution (IMF, Barcelona) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). My research interests include human evolution, prehistoric technology and human environmental interactions. I have focused my attention on the recurrent Pleistocene migrations/expansions events of our species (from and back to Africa), the cultural know-how developed over the course of this processes and the subsistence strategies used by human populations to cope with extreme environments, such as the Saharo-Arabian arid belt.
Planned research project: “How did Human Behaviour change During the Terminal Pleistocene and Early Holocene in South Arabia?” The shift from hunting and gathering to a production-based subsistence practices represents a significant milestone in the development of our species; why chase the food when we can make the food come to us?
The longstanding and fruitful research traditions throughout the Fertile Crescent and much of North Africa have illuminated some aspects of the complex mechanisms driving processes of Neolithization, informing us that allopatric cultural progressions produced different behavioural responses within separate core areas of the Southwest Asia. Yet, little is known of how this process was manifest in the Arabian Peninsula. The proposed research will explore human response to fluctuating environmental conditions during the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene in the southern Arabian Peninsula, between 30.000 and 8.000 years before present.
Selection of international publications for the last five years
- Crassard, R., HILBERT, Y.H., Preusser, F., Wulf, G., Schiettecatte, J., 2019. Middle Palaeolithic occupations in central Saudi Arabia during MIS 5 and MIS 7: new insights on the origins of the peopling of Arabia. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 11, 3101–3120. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12520-018-0743-2
- Rose, J.I., HILBERT,, Y.H., Marks, A.E., Usik, V.I., 2019a. The First Peoples of Oman: Palaeolithic arcaheology of the Nejd Plateau, The Archaeological Heritage of Oman. Archeopress, Oxford.
- Rose, J.I., HILBERT,, Y.H., Usik, V.I., Marks, A.E., Jaboob, M.M.A., Černỳ, V., Crassard, R., Preusser, F., 2019b. 30,000-Year-Old Geometric Microliths Reveal Glacial Refugium in Dhofar, Southern Oman. Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology 2, 338–357. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41982-019-00027-3
- HILBERT, Y.H., Clemente-Conte, I., Geiling, J.M., Setien, J., Ruiz-Martinez, E., Lentfer, C., Rots, V., Rose, J.I., 2018a. Woodworking sites from the Late Paleolithic of South Arabia: Functional and technological analysis of burins from Dhofar, Oman. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 20, 115–134. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2018.04.010
- HILBERT, Y.H., Geiling, J.M., Rose, J.I., 2018b. Terminal Pleistocene archaeology and archaeogenetics in South Arabia : Evidence from an ice age refugium, in: Purdue, L., Charbonnier, J., Khalidi, L. (Eds.), Vivre En Milieu Aride de La Préhistoire à Aujourd’hui. Presented at the XXXVIIIe rencontres internationales d’archéologie et d’histoire d’Antibes, Éditions APDCA, Antibes, pp. 33–49.