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Arturo García De León

PhD candidate / contract

Mr. A.J. García De León BA
+31 71 527 2727

Arturo García De Léon is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Archaeology funded by a PhD Grant by the National Council of Science, Technology and Innovation of Panama (SENACYT).

More information about Arturo García De León

Office days

Mondays to Thursdays


García De León’s PhD research focusses on human technological adaptations in Southern Central America. Specifically, he is exploring the role of the environment in technological choices, such as raw material selection and tool use. As a first step, an experimental micro-wear reference collection with non-flint raw materials is being made, considering the role of raw material properties in trace formation, their mineralogical and geochemical variability across the archaeological area. Secondly, the study of human-landscape entanglements through lithic assemblages to explore the possibilities and challenges of micro-wear in neotropical contexts. 

Curriculum vitae

I am an anthropological archaeologist. I obtained a BA in Anthropology at the University of Panama (Panama) with a focus on the four subfields of anthropology (ethnography, biological anthropology, linguistics, and archaeology). After experiencing all the subfields and possibilities of each of them, I decided to become an archaeologist. I received my Master's Degree in Archaeology and Antiquity Sciences at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain).

After my MA, I was awarded with a PhD Scholarship from the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation of Panama (SENACYT) to conduct research in the Isthmus of Panama. There is very little done in Southern Central America by local archaeologists, and most of the research projects were designed on a basis of foreign archaeological extractivism, applying different kinds of theoretical background proposed from commonly known “hegemonic” countries.

PhD candidate / contract

  • Faculteit Archeologie
  • Archaeological Sciences
  • Material Culture Studies

Work address

Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number NNB


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