Principal investigator

Main Researchers

Collaborators of the SONART Project

Marga-300x300Margarita Díaz-Andreu

ICREA Professor Margarita Díaz-Andreu is a prehistoric archaeologist based at the University of Barcelona (Spain). Over the years she has developed several lines of research, including history of archaeology, heritage, gender and nationalism. She has also been working, lecturing and supervising doctoral work on rock art, and she has conducted fieldwork in Western Europe and more recently also in Belize and Mexico. Her more than fifty publications on rock art have focused on the description of new discoveries of rock art sites with engravings, carvings and paintings; interpretation of particular sites and rock art landscapes, rock art management and recording and, in the last decade, archaeoacoustics. The latter is an innovative line of research developed thanks to funding received for projects such as SONART, Palarq and, currently, Artsoundscapes. Within the Artsoundscapes project she and her team will be undertaking fieldwork in diverse areas of the world in collaboration with local archaeologists. A range of rock art landscapes will beanalysed through physical acoustics, psychoacoustics, neuroacoustics and anthropological perspectives. Her research in archaeoacoustics has not only been published in some of the best international journals, but it has also reached the general public through radio interviews and news published on many web pages and in local newspapers.

Experience: Heritage, Identity: gender, ethnicity and nationalism, History of Archaeology, Prehistoric Rock Art.

Professional Social Networks:, ORCID and ResearchGate.

Tommaso-300x300Leslie Zubieta Calvert (2017-2020)

Dr. Leslie F. Zubieta graduated in archaeology with distinction in the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) of Mexico City (2002). She has an MSc in rock art (2004) and a doctorate by the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa (2009). She has enjoyed research stays in Austin (USA), Paris, Périgueux and Toulouse (France). Throughout her professional career she has participated in various projects in Mexico, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique and Australia. Her research focuses on rock art, material culture, gender and memory. One of her major contributions has been his study of the ways in which Cheŵa women used rock art in southern central Africa, suggesting that art plays a fundamental role in the intergenerational transmission of cultural knowledge. In particular, her attention has focused on the functionality and symbolic intersection of rock art and plastic arts in the initiation ceremonies of girls in Cheŵa society. She is currently developing the Marie Sklodowska-Curie MEMORISING project funded by the European Commission.

Experience: Rock art, Memory, Ethnoarchaeology

Professional Social Networks:

Tommaso-300x300Tommaso Mattioli (2014-2016)

I have been a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Post-Doc Fellow at the Facultat de Geografia i Història in the University of Barcelona with the project “SONART – The sound of rock art. Archaeoacoustics and post- palaeolithic schematic art in the Western Mediterranean” (2014-2016). Before this I spent most of my career studying and/or researching at the University of Perugia and the University of Rome La Sapienza. Graduated in 2005 at the University of Perugia, for the following five years I was attached to the Chair of European Protohistory. From 2007 to 2010 the University of Perugia funded my PhD project at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” with two prestigious research fellowships, for which I undertook a systematic study of painted of the Italian peninsula. In 2010 I finished my PhD with a dissertation about the rock art of the Apennines. I am still linked to the University of Perugia as a commercial archaeologist in geophysical prospections at the S.M.A.Art Center (Center for Scientific Methodologies Applied to Archaeology and History of Art) becoming professionally prepared and skilled in archaeological surveys by the means of georadar, magnetometry, ERT and resistance meter. Since 2006, I also started to work as a commercial archaeologist in geophysical research ( From 2011 to 2013 I was periodically hired to develop the geodatabase “Archaeological Map of Umbria” by the Regione Umbria and the Archaeological Superintendency, the two authorities responsible for managing all archaeological heritage of the Umbria region. As an independent archaeologist I organized many activities for the public in museums and schools in Italy.

Experience: Heritage Communication, Rock Art, geophysics, GIS, Prehistory, Archaeacoustics

Professional Social Networks:, ORCID, ResearchGate, Linkedin and Facebook.

Enrico Armelloni

Enrico Armelloni is a co-founder of AIDA Srl, the first spin-off company of the University of Parma, Italy. He has a second-level degree in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, both form the University of Parma. Since 2000, he conducts research in the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Parma. He has the specialization “Technician in Acoustics” at the “Scuola di Acustica”, University of Ferrara, Italy. In 2008 he was “Visiting Professor” at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Prescott, AZ, USA). In the past he worked on techniques for equalization and sound spatialization and on noise propagation models in industrial environments. His current research concerns the study and use of systems for the acquisition of signals via arrays of transducers, oriented primarily to acoustic applications.

Experience: Acoustics

Professional Links: AIDA (Advanced Industrial Design in Acoustics)

Hipólito Collado Giraldo

Dr. Hipólito Collado Giraldo, is specialist in Prehistoric Rock Art and Cultural Heritage. He is Head of Unit of Archaeology Department in the Culture Ministry of Extremadura Government (Spain) and Professor of Neolithic Rock Art in the Erasmus Mundus Master in Quaternary and Prehistory in Utad – IPT University (Portugal).  He is also Senior Researcher at the Museum of Prehistoric Art in Mação, Portugal, President of the Holocenic Rock Art Scientific Commission of UISPP and President of the International Federation Rock Art Organitation (IFRAO). Dr. Hipolito Collado Giraldo has participated in several projects, researching rock art in Spain, Morocco, Brazil, Portugal and Italy and he is a prolific writer and editor, publishing a number of important volumes on rock-art including Arte Rupestre en la Cuenca del Guadiana (2006), Corpus de Arte Rupestre en Extremadura (volumes I -2005-, II -2007- and III -2015- (all with Jose Julio García Arranz), The Levantine Question (2012) or Symbols in the Landscape: Rock Art and its context (2015). Recent research projects include: “Handpas Project” (Hand from the Past), a 3D catalogue of European palaeolithic hand stencils funded by Creative Programme of European Comission and other excavations in Paleolithic and Neolithic sites -Postes Caves in Fuentes de León (Spain) or Sapo Shelter in Monfragüe National Park (Spain)- or several Ancient Rock Art research projects like Maltravieso Cave Rock Art, (Cáceres, Spain) and Zarzamora Rock Art (Perogordo, Segovia, Spain).

Experience: rock art, archaeology

Professional Social Networks: and ORCID.

Andrea Di Miceli

I am graduated from the University of Perugia in Archaeology of Ancient Greece. I continued my studies in the School of Specialization in Archaeology of Matera where I was graduated  in Classical Archaeology. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Perugia with a dissertation in Late Antiquity studies. I have participated to several archaeological excavations with Italian and foreign universities and with many Italian Superintendents and I am the field director of the Failaka Archaeological Project (Kuwait). I work as a professional for the  S.M.A.Art Center (Center for Scientific Methodologies Applied to Archaeology and History of Art) of the University of Perugia.

Experience: Archaeology, Topography.

Professional Links: ArcheoRes – Archaeological Research Group

Angelo Farina

Angelo Farina is a full professor of Applied Acoustics at the University of Parma, Italy. He holds a second-level degree in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Technical Physics, both form the University of Bologna, where he worked as Researcher since 1986. Since 1992 he moved to the University of Parma, where he became Associated Professor in 1998 and Full Professor in 2005. Angelo devoted his academic and professional activity to applied acoustics, and more in detail to room acoustics (measurement and simulatiion programs, releasing the software packages named Aurora-Plugins and Ramsete), outdoor sound propagation (resulting in the Disia software package, the official computer program for noise propagation of the Italian Ministry for the Environment) and advanced audio technologies related to sound capture (microphone arrays, virtual directive microphone) and multichannel sound reproduction (Ambisonics, WFS, and now Spatial PCM Sampling). In 1999 Angelo was the inventor of the Exponential Sine Sweep method, now widely employed for electroacoustical measurements in many applicative fields. For this invention, Angelo received the honour of being appointed as “fellow” of the Audio Engineering Society in 2008. Currently Angelo is working on a number of research projects related to the use of massive microphone arrays, cooperating with partners such as the RAI research center or Huawei.

Experienceacoustics, digital signal processing, software developer. 

Professional Social

José Julio García Arranz

Dr. José Julio García Arranz was awarded his doctorate in 1994 in History of Art from the University of Estremadura (Spain), and is currently Titular Teacher and Assistant Director of the Department of Art and Sciences at the University of Estremadura. His research areas include the study of schematic rock-art within the autonomous Community of Estremadura (Spain), which has resulted in the publication of The schematic rock painting in the region of The Villuercas (Cáceres, Spain) in 1990. In addition numerous papers and articles have been published establishing Dr García Arranz as one of the leading exponents in this subject. He is editor, with Hipólito Collado Giraldo, of the three volumes of the Corpus de Arte Rupestre en Extremadura (2005, 2007and 2015), and, with prof. George Nash, of the book The Levantine question. Post-Palaeolithic rock art in the Iberian Peninsula (Archaeolingua, 2012). Dr García Arranz has been co-director or director of number of significant and diverse projects that include the discovery and recording of rock-art in Monfragüe’s National Park and in the region of Las Villuercas-Los Ibores (both in the province of Cáceres), and, recently, Co-Organizer of the 2015 IFRAO International Rock Art Conference at Cáceres.

Experience: rock art, archaeology

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Gabriel García Atiénzar

I am lecturer in Prehistory at the University of Alicante. My main research is focused on the analysis of the territorial behavior of Neolithic and Chalcolithic communities in the Levant of the Iberian peninsula by applying Technologies Spatial Analysis. I teach several courses of GIS applied to the study of history and cultural heritage management. I have directed several archaeological projects in different sites of Alicante, Murcia and Albacete and I was member of the research team of the project “Inventory Update of rock art sites in the Valencian Community”

Experience: GIS, Neolithic, Chalcolithic

Professional Social Networks : University of Alicante,, Google Scholar, Researchgate

Carlos García Benito

Carlos García Benito is Head of Department of Archaeology of Centro de Estudios Turiasonenses and Chair of the Comisión de Trabajo de Arqueología Musical of the Spanish Musicological Society. He is specialists in prehistoric aerophones made in animal material such as bone, shell or antler. He is also an especialist in Archaeoacoustics on Rock Art and Experimental Archaeology.

ExperienceRock Art, Prehistory, Archaeacoustics, Music Archaeology, Experimental Archaeology

Professional Social,, google scholar, researchgate.

Philippe Hameau

Philippe Hameau is an anthropologist of the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France). His work focuses on the graphic act from prehistory to present time. In particular he studies the variability of iconography and graphical acts on the basis of the social-cultural changes. His main interests are painted and engraved Neolithic rock art, Medieval rock art, inscriptions in Christian shrines, graffiti in prison and the phenomenon of tags and graffiti in the hip-hp context. Philippe Hameau also studies the ethnology of rural societies and their transformation and / or contemporary survivals. He chairs the Association of ASER Centre-Var and member of the 48th member of meeting.

Experience: rock art, archaeology, iconography 

Professional Social NetworksASER Centre-Var

Alejandro Gónzalez Pizarro

Alejandro González Pizarro is graduated from the University of Extremadura in Chemistry. He is currently working as an IT technician for the CDATEX projet in the Health Service of Extremadura. His interest in rock art carried him to review, inventory, and increase the number of shelters existing in the wide area of Mérida, mainly, reporting on the Culture Ministry of Extremadura Government. In parallel, he is the author of several blogs of schematic rock art thematic, as well as the administrator of a forum about rock art in Extremadura, counting with more than 600 members.

Experience: rock art.

Professional Social Networks: Henri Breuil blogspot, Extremadura rupestre, Pinturas Rupestre de Extremadura.

Ramon Viñas Vallverdú

Rock art expert Ramón Viñas studied at the University of Barcelona (1986, MA 1988, PhD 2005). A specialist on the rock art of Span and Mexico, he has also worked in Southern Africa and America. He has authored books on the Levantine and Schematic art of the Godall mountains (1975), the Valltorta Gorge (1982, 2011) and the Prades mountains (2005), all in northeast Spain, and of the Cueva Pintada rock art site at the San Francisco mountains in Baja California, México. His work has focused on a wide range of topics including conservation, absolute and relative chronology, motif association and identification of scenes, and the representation of astronomical effects. After many years living in Mexico he returned to Spain in 2005. Until his recent retirement he worked at the IPHES (University Rovira i Virgili), the Museum of Montblanc and the CIAR Rock Art Interpretation Centre, becoming the director of the last two institutions in 2010.

Experience: Rock Art, Archaeology