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Department of Archaeology



I read Archaeology at Complutense University of Madrid (2016) and continued my studies with and MSc in Archaeological Science: Technology and Materials at UCL (2017). After working as technician at the School of Archaeology and Ancient History (University of Leicester), I am now pursuing a PhD in Archaeology funded by the AHRC-DTP and the Cambridge Trust.


My research focuses on the evolution, co-existence and adaptation of tin-bronze alloying methods over time. I am interested in understanding when the different alloying techniques appeared, why they co-existed and how this can be linked to broader socio-economic and technological dynamics operating over time and space. I am focussing my research on Northeaster Iberia analysing bronze slags and technical ceramics from different sites dated from Early Bronze Age to Iron Age.

More broadly, my research interests are related to technical knowledge transmission and evolution, material analyses and analytical techniques and European Later Prehistory. 

Key Publications

Key publications: 

Montes-Landa, J.; Murillo-Barroso, M.; Montero-Ruiz, I.; Rovira-Llorens, S. and Martinón-Torres, M. (2021). Interwoven traditions in Bell Beaker metallurgy: Approaching the social value of copper at Bauma del Serrat del Pont (Northeast Iberia). PLOS ONE, 16(8): e0255818.

Montes-Landa, J.; Jürcke, F. and Ceccarelli, A. (Eds.) (2021). Knowledge-scapesArchaeological Review from Cambridge, 35.2.

Jürcke, F.; Montes-Landa, J. and Ceccarelli, A. (2021). 'Knowledge-scapes' in archaeology: an introductionArchaeological Review from Cambridge, 35.2: 1-24.

Montes-Landa, J.; Montero-Ruiz, I.; Castanyer Masoliver, P.; Santos Retolaza, M.; Tremoleda Trilla, J. and Martinón-Torres, M. (2020).Traditions and innovations: Versatility of copper and tin bronze making recipes in Iron Age Emporion (L'Escala, Spain)Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 12.

Teaching and Supervisions


During the academic year 2021-2022, I am the teaching assistant and supervisor of students in A2 (Archaeology in Action).

Research supervision: 

Other Professional Activities

Treasurer of the Archaeological Review from Cambridge

Job Titles

PhD Student in Archaeology

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Artefact Analysis & Technology


Person keywords: 
Copper-based metallurgy
Alloying techniques
Chaînes opératoires
Technical knowledge
Archaeological Science
Science, Technology and Innovation
Material Culture
Geographical areas: 
Periods of interest: 
Copper/Bronze Age
Iron Age