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Inés Domingo

Inés Domingo

Universitat de Barcelona


Inés is ICREA Research professor in the Section of Prehistory and Archaeology (Universitat de Barcelona) since 2010, and Vice-president of the World Archaeological Congress (2017-2023). 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 approach. 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 current research projects aim at brigding the gap between scientific and heritage approaches to one of Europe’s most extraordinary bodies of rock art, awarded UNESCO Wolrd Heritage Status in 1998: Levantine rock art. This research has been recently awarded an ERC CoG (2018). Her primary aim is to achieve an holistic view of this art by combining a multidisciplinary (Archaeology, Heritage Science, IT and Ethnoarchaeology) and a multiscale approach (from microanalysis to landscape perspectives) to: a. Redefine LRA through new dating techniques and analythical methods to understand the creative process. b. Use this rock art tradition as a proxy to raise new questions of global interest on the evolution of creative thinking and human cognition. c. Define best practices and protocols for open air rock art conservation and management.

Selected publications

Domingo I & Gallinaro M 2021, Impacts of scientific approaches on rock art research: Global perspectives, Quaternary International, 572.

Domingo I & Chieli A 2021 ‘Characterizing the pigments and paints of prehistoric artistsArchaeological and Anthropological Sciences 13:196

Domingo I 2021. Shifting ontologies and the use of ethnographic data in prehistoric rock art research. In Oscar Moro and Martin Porr (eds) Ontologies of Rock Art. Images, Relational Approaches and Indigenous knowledge. Routledge, Taylor and Francis.

Domingo I 2021. ‘New insights into the analysis of Levantine rock art scenes informed by observations on western Arnhem Land rock art’. In Davidson I & Nowell A (Eds.). Making scenes: global perspectives on scenes in rock art. New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books.

– Ochoa, B, García-Diez M, Domingo I & Martins A 2021, ‘Dating Iberian prehistoric rock art: methods, sampling, data, limits and interpretations‘ Quaternary International, 572, 88 – 105.

Domingo I; Vendrell M, Chieli A 2021. ‘A critical assessment of the potential and limitations of physicochemical analysis to advance knowledge on Levantine rock art‘. Quaternary International, 572: 24-40. 

– Bea M, Domingo I. 2021. Weaponry in Levantine Rock Art: a general view from the Maestrazgo region (Spain). In Ana M. S. Bettencourt, M. Santos-Estevez, H. Aluai Sampaio (eds.) Weapons and Tools in Rock Art: A world perspective. Oxbow Books.

– Bea M, Domingo I, Angás J 2021 ‘El abrigo de Barranco Gómez (Castellote, Teruel), un nuevo conjunto con arte levantino en el núcleo rupestre del Guadalope‘. Trabajos de Prehistoria, 78 (1): 164-178.

Domingo I 2021, ‘L’art com a element humà‘. Treballs de la Societat Catalana de Biologia, vol. 71, pp. 80-87

– Roman D & Domingo I 2021, ‘Aportaciones al conocimiento del Mesolítico Antiguo en la vertiente mediterránea de la península ibérica: la Balma del Barranc de La Fontanella (Vilafranca, Castelló). Trabajos de Prehistoria, 78 (2): 344-355.

ICREA Memoir 2021