I am a Geologist and Palaeontologist specialised in Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Vertebrate Taphonomy and Geoarchaeology, with keen interest in Cenozoic vertebrate sites, both archaeological and palaeontological.

My greatest interest as a researcher is the symbiosis between Taphonomy and Geoarchaeology, since the combination of these two disciplines provides excellent tools to analyse site formation.

Furthermore, I am interested in the use of modern field techniques along with classical geological field techniques, with GIS and 3D modelling of the data recovered.


I am currently a research associate at the Institute of Evolution in Africa (IDEA), focusing my work as a geoarchaeologist in Pleistocene archaeological sites in Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania), Nasera Soit (Tanzania), Pinilla del Valle (Spain) and El Castillo cave (Spain).

Previously, I worked at the National Natural Sciences Museum – CSIC, analysing the fossil remains of two Batallones Butte Miocene sites (Batallones-3 and Batallones-10, Madrid, Spain), combining geology and taphonomy for my PhD under supervision of Dr. Jorge Morales and Dr. M. Soledad Domingo.

Latest Publications

David M. Martín-Perea; José-Manuel Maíllo-Fernández; Alicia Medialdea; Juan Marín; Irene Solano-Megías; Agness Gidna; Audax Mabulla. Revisiting an old profile: an updated geoarchaeological study at Nasera Rockshelter (Tanzania). Journal of Quaternary Science, 35 – 7, pp. 1-9. 2020

Irene Solano-Megías; José-Manuel Maíllo-Fernández; Juan Marín, David M. Martín-Perea; Audax Mabulla. Lithic Technology in the Earliest Later Stone age at Nasera Rockshelter (Tanzania). Lithic Technology. Pp. 1-20. 2020.

Ainara Sistiaga; Fatima Husain, David Uribelarrea; David M. Martín-Perea; Troy Ferland, Katherine H. Freeman; Fernando Díez-Martín; Enrique Baquedano; Audax Mabulla; Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo; Roger E. Summons. Microbial biomarkers reveal a hydrothermally active landscape at Olduvai Gorge at the dawn of the Acheulean, 1.7 Ma. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. pp. 1-9. 2020.

DigApp and TaphonomApp

We have created two new paleontological and archaeological mobile applications, DigApp and TaphonomApp!

DigApp is intended to aid data collection in archaeological and palaeontological excavations. Online, Offline and an “Easy to Use” version of DigApp have been created to fit all needs.

TaphonomApp has been created in order to assist taphonomists while carrying out taphonomical analyses, making data collection quicker, homogeneous and overall more efficient.

DigApp and TaphonomApp are free and open access software, and can be easily modified by the user. These apps are made open source and free of charge subject to the condition that the original source is referenced in all publications which utilise it.


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