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Dr Víctor Jiménez Jáimez 

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Dr Víctor Jiménez Jáimez is a Marie Curie IEF Post-doctoral researcher in Archaeology at the University of Southampton.

I have spent most of my career studying and/or researching at the University of Málaga. Graduated in 2003, I got my PhD in 2009. I remain linked to the University of Málaga by way of an appointment as 'Honorary Research Fellow' at the Department of Historiographical Sciences and Techniques, Ancient History and Prehistory. In 2008, I left research as a full time job after being hired by the Junta de Andalucía Government, the authority responsible for managing all archaeological heritage from Andalusia, to act as an advisor to the Museum of Málaga staff on archaeology and archaeological heritage interpretation. I focused primarily on presentation to the public, coordinating temporary exhibitions of archaeological objects and, especially, helping the institution's staff design the interpretive plan for the future permanent exhibition of the museum. In June 2011, after careful evaluation by the ANECA, a Spanish governmental agency which controls the way candidates to academic positions are selected, I received the licence required to become a Profesor Ayudante Doctor, that is, a non-tenured, full time, PhD required position, roughly equivalent to 'Lecturer' in other countries like the UK.

In 2013 I was awarded a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship to work at the University of Southampton for two years as a post-doctoral researcher, under the supervision of Dr. David Wheatley. In 2014 I also became a member of the Editorial Board or the journal Menga, Revista de Prehistoria de Andalucía (Menga, Journal of Andalusian Prehistory), edited by the Conjunto Arqueológico Dólmenes de Antequera.

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In the last fifteen years, both as an undergraduate and as a postgraduate student, I have been involved in many of the research activities performed by a group from the Department of Prehistory of the University of Málaga (Spain), led by Dr. José Márquez Romero and called PERUMA. Specifically, for the last ten years I have been working on the topic of Recintos de Fosos, that is, Neolithic and Copper-Age Iberian Ditched Enclosures, becoming my main research guideline and the primary theme of my PhD thesis, finished on March 2009. PERUMA is currently carrying out fieldworks at the Neolithic-Copper Age enclosure of Perdigões (Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portugal), as part of an international project with the objective of better understanding this site in particular and Iberian enclosures in general. We have published a book centred around the issue (2010), as well as numerous papers. One of the ideas PERUMA has been defending for thirteen years now, is that Iberian recintos de fosos must not be understood in isolation, but in the broader context of European Neolithic causewayed enclosures.

I remain interested in enclosures and Neolithic monumentality in general. I joined Archaeology at the University of Southampton in 2013 to work on the IBERENCLOGIS Marie Curie IEF project, a comparative approach to understanding spatial relationships between Neolithic and Copper Age ditched and walled enclosures from different European regions. Other research interests include cultural formation processes of the archaeological record and depositional practices, as well as Neolithic-Copper Age pit sites.

Research Theme: Social History (including human origins and later prehistory).

Funded ongoing research projects: IBERENCLOGIS. A comparative, geographic and multi-scalar approach to ditched and walled enclosures in Iberia and other European regions.

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Archaeological Computing

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Dr Víctor Jiménez Jáimez
Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

Room Number:65B/2007

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