Inés Domingo

Universitat de Barcelona (UB)


Inés is ICREA Research professor in the Section of Prehistory and Archaeology (Universitat de Barcelona) since 2010, and incoming Vice-president of the World Archaeological Congress. Through her current and previous positions at the Universities of Valencia (Spain) and Flinders (Australia) she explores the ‘Archaeologies’ of rock art from a multidisciplinary perspective. Her performance in archaeology has earned her a number of academic awards and distinctions: Honorary Associate Researcher at the Dep. of Archaeology, Flinders University (Australia) since 2009; Blaze O’Connor memorial award (WAC, Jordan, 2013); Honorary appointment as guest professor at HeTao University (Inner Mongolia, China) (2010); Honorary Research Fellow of Inner Mongolia Rock Art Protection and Research Association, and Inner Mongolia Rock Art Research Academy (2010) and a PhD University Award (Premio extraordinario de doctorado) (2006).


Research interests

My primary research interest is rock art. In Spain, I aim to advance our understanding of Postpalaeolithic rock art of Mediterranean Iberia (World Heritage since 1998), combining state of the art technologies, theories and methods and seeking interdisciplinary collaborations for physic and chemical analysis of pigments, and digital rock art recording. Through the systematic analysis and decomposition of rock art panels and their contexts I intend to discover hidden clues providing insights into the past to answer questions of what, why, where, how, when and who produced this millenary legacy. In Australia I explore the social and territorial aspects of rock art from an ethno-archaeological perspective, working with Aboriginal people and Australian researchers in Arnhem Land. Combining both perspectives (archaeology and ethnography) I aim to develop a more critical theoretical framework to explore past and present rock art.

Selected publications

Domingo I & Bea M 2016, ‘From Science to Heritage: new challenges for World Heritage rock art sites in Mediterranean Spain in the 21st century’ in Brady L & Taçon P (eds.), Relating to rock art in the contemporary world: navigating symbolism, meaning and significance, University Press of Colorado, 213-244.

Domingo I, May SK & Smith C 2016, ‘Communicating through rock art: an ethnoarchaeological perspective’, in Buchsenschutz O, Jeunesse C, Mordant C & Vialou D (dir.) Signes et communication dans les civilisations de la parole, Edition electronique du CTHS (Actes des congres des sociétés historiques et scientifiques), Paris, pp 9-26.

– Smith C, Domingo I & Jackson G 2016,  ‘Beswick Creek Cave six decades later: change and continuity in the rock art of Doria Gudaluk’, Antiquity, 90 (354): 1613-1628.

– Roman I, Nadal J, Domingo I, García-Argüelles P, Lloveras Ll & Fullola JM 2016, ‘La fin du Paléolithique dans la Catalogne Méridionale Ibérique revisitée: nouvelles reponses pour anciennes questions’, L’Anthropologie, 120: 610-628.

Selected research activities

– Session Organizer at WAC8 (Kyoto-Japan):

  • with Dr. Fiore (CONICET, Argentina): Mind the gap! Building bridges between scientific approaches and public interests in the archaeology of art.
  • with Drs. Taçon (Griffith University, Australia) and May (ANU, Australia): Change and continuity in rock art.

– Congress papers:

  • with Román: From research to the public. Participatory initiatives to promote Levantine rock art. WAC8 (Kyoto-Japan).
  • with May, Johnston, Taçon: Dynamic Places: early human figurative rock art in northern Australia. WAC8 (Kyoto-Japan).
  • with García, Martins, Ochoa, Vigiola: Datando el arte prehistórico: método, muestreo, datos, límites e interpretaciones. Congreso: cronometrías para la historia de la Península Ibérica. Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona.