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Laura Llorente Rodriguez

Assistant Professor

Dr. L. Llorente Rodriguez
+31 71 527 5389

As a Marie Curie Research Fellow at BioArCh (University of York) Laura explored the origin and development of the Atlantic hake fisheries in Iberia.

More information about Laura Llorente Rodriguez

Current research

As a Marie Curie Research Fellow at BioArCh (University of York) Laura explored the origin and development of the Atlantic hake fisheries in Iberia. By interweaving zooarchaeological data with bulk collagen carbon and nitrogen stable isotope analysis and single amino acid isotopic analyses (CSIA) the project evaluated the human and environmental impacts on these fish populations as well as ancient trade networks. She is working in broadening the geographical and taxonomical frame of this research now.

Past research

Laura received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) in 2004 where she later completed a MsC in Paleontology (2007) and a MA in Archaeology (2012). Her PhD in Paleontology (2015) focused on the zooarchaeological assemblages of Cova Fosca (Spain) that spans from the Epipalaeolithic to the Middle Neolithic. The dissertation discussed the origin of domesticates in Iberia, the nature of the hunting and stockbreeding exploitation strategies and the different trajectories that last hunter-gatherers and first farmers in underwent through time the region, among other topics.

Such postgraduate research was carried out in Laboratorio de Arqueozología -Universidad Autónoma de Madrid -where she studied other Iberian faunas (mammals, molluscs, birds and fish) ranging from the Palaeolithic to the Middle Ages. Additionally, she is part of the Spanish Archaeological Mission in the United Arab Emirates where she is conducting faunal analyses of the only Iron Age inland settlement known for the region up-to-date.


Research interests

Laura pursues to integrate different zooarchaeological methodologies into her main research interests, that include environmental archaeology; early marine resources exploitation, development and evolution throughout time; hunter-gatherers economies and the transition to agropastoralist economies; evolution of taxa and domestication processes; conservation; zoohistory.

Curriculum vitae

2015-2017 Marie Curie Research Fellow at BioArCh - Department of Archaeology, University of York (United Kingdom);

2011-2015. Teaching Assistant, Department of Biology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain);

2005-2010. Collaborator and PhD student at Laboratorio de Arqueozoología-UAM.

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit Archeologie
  • Archaeological Sciences
  • Bio-Archaeology

Work address

Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number C0.20



  • Laboratorio de Arqueozoología-Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (LAZ-UAM) Research collaborator

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