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Dr Xavier Rubio-Campillo

Lectureship in Archaeology

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Education/Academic qualification

2006Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Universitat de Barcelona
1999Bachelor of Science, University Pompeu Fabra


After obtaining a combined BSc and MSc in Computer Science at the University Pompeu Fabra, I pursued my doctoral research in University of Barcelona. Here, I applied my computational background to develop cutting-edge GIS methods for historical archaeology. My thesis explored how landscape affected XVIIIth century battles by integrating archaeological evidence, spatial analysis and written sources.

Before joining the School in 2016 I worked as the Team Leader of the Humanities research group at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (2009-2016). I participated in several interdisciplinary projects applying computational methods to improve our understanding of the past, such as SimulPast and EpNet.

My research in a nutshell

My current research explores how cultural change dynamics might often explain the patterns identified in the archaeological record and written sources. I investigate this topic by applying innovative quantitative frameworks to a variety of topics such as the neolithic transition, the evolution of warfare and settlement dynamics.

To achieve these goals I am also engaged on archaeological method and theory. My contributions include the development of simulations to improve archaeological fieldwork, the application of High-Performance Computing to Model-Based Archaeology or the creation of a machine-learning framework to compare models and historical evidence.

Research activities & awards

  1. Highflyers

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Schools engagement

  2. Quantification in Classical Archaeology - EPNet project

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  3. TRAC: Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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