Juan J. Ibañez

Juan J. Ibañez

SCIENTIFIC STAFF

I am currently working on two key thematic areas: the analysis of prehistoric instruments’ role and the Neolithic’s origins and dissemination in the Middle East through Europe. I have directed or co-directed the excavation of the archaeological sites of Jeftelik (Homs, Syria, Ancient Natufian), Qarassa 3 (Sweida, Syria, Final Natufian), Kharaysin (Zarqa, Jordan; Neolithic Preceramic A and B), Tell Qarassa North (Sweida, Syria, Neolithic Preceramic Ancient B), Tell Labwe (Labwe, Lebanon: Preceramic Neolithic Final B and Ancient Ceramic) and Tell Marj (Homs, Syria; Neolithic Ceramic). In the Middle East I work on environmental evolution, origins of agriculture and livestock, obsidian exchanges through modelling, early houses and settlements, funerary rituals and the symbolic world.

In addition to using the standard method of use-wear analysis to understand the use of Palaeolithic and Neolithic lithic instruments, I am especially involved in the development of new quantitative methods for use-wear analysis using confocal microscopy.

Selection of international publications for the last five years

  • IBÁÑEZ J.J., González-Urquijo J., Teira-Mayolini L.C. & Lazuen,T. 2018. The emergence of the Neolithic in the Near East: A protracted and multi-regional model. Quaternary International 470, pp. 226-252.
  • IBÁÑEZ J.J., Lazuen T. & González-Urquijo J.J. 2019. Identifying Experimental Tool Use Through Confocal Microscopy. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 26, pp. 1176-1215 [DOI: 10.1007/s10816-018-9408-9]
  • IBÁÑEZ J.J., González-Urquijo J.E. & Braemer F. 2014. The human face and the origins of the Neolithic: the 9th millennium BC carved bone wand from Tell Qarassa North (Syria). Antiquity 88, pp. 81–94 [DOI: 1017/S0003598X00050237]
  • IBÁÑEZ J.J., Anderson P.C., González-Urquijo J.E. & Gibaja J. 2016. Cereal cultivation and domestication as shown by microtexture analysis of sickle gloss through confocal microscopy. Journal of Archaeological Science 73, pp. 62-81.
  • IBÁÑEZ J.J., Ortega D., Campos D., Khalidi L. & Méndez V. 2015. Testing complex networks of interaction at the onset of the Near Eastern Neolithic using modelling of obsidian exchange. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 12 [DOI: 1098/rsif.2015.0210]

Juan J. Ibañez

I am currently working on two key thematic areas: the analysis of prehistoric instruments’ role and the Neolithic’s origins and dissemination in the Middle East through Europe. I have directed or co-directed the excavation of the archaeological sites of Jeftelik (Homs, Syria, Ancient Natufian), Qarassa 3 (Sweida, Syria, Final Natufian), Kharaysin (Zarqa, Jordan; Neolithic Preceramic A and B), Tell Qarassa North (Sweida, Syria, Neolithic Preceramic Ancient B), Tell Labwe (Labwe, Lebanon: Preceramic Neolithic Final B and Ancient Ceramic) and Tell Marj (Homs, Syria; Neolithic Ceramic). In the Middle East I work on environmental evolution, origins of agriculture and livestock, obsidian exchanges through modelling, early houses and settlements, funerary rituals and the symbolic world.

In addition to using the standard method of use-wear analysis to understand the use of Palaeolithic and Neolithic lithic instruments, I am especially involved in the development of new quantitative methods for use-wear analysis using confocal microscopy.

Selection of international publications for the last five years

  • IBÁÑEZ J.J., González-Urquijo J., Teira-Mayolini L.C. & Lazuen,T. 2018. The emergence of the Neolithic in the Near East: A protracted and multi-regional model. Quaternary International 470, pp. 226-252.
  • IBÁÑEZ J.J., Lazuen T. & González-Urquijo J.J. 2019. Identifying Experimental Tool Use Through Confocal Microscopy. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 26, pp. 1176-1215 [DOI: 10.1007/s10816-018-9408-9]
  • IBÁÑEZ J.J., González-Urquijo J.E. & Braemer F. 2014. The human face and the origins of the Neolithic: the 9th millennium BC carved bone wand from Tell Qarassa North (Syria). Antiquity 88, pp. 81–94 [DOI: 1017/S0003598X00050237]
  • IBÁÑEZ J.J., Anderson P.C., González-Urquijo J.E. & Gibaja J. 2016. Cereal cultivation and domestication as shown by microtexture analysis of sickle gloss through confocal microscopy. Journal of Archaeological Science 73, pp. 62-81.
  • IBÁÑEZ J.J., Ortega D., Campos D., Khalidi L. & Méndez V. 2015. Testing complex networks of interaction at the onset of the Near Eastern Neolithic using modelling of obsidian exchange. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 12 [DOI: 1098/rsif.2015.0210]