David Laguna PalmaHystoryUniversity of Granada
David Laguna-Palma received his BA in History (2017) at the University of Granada (First class; Best academic record 2014/2015; and First prize UGR-Caja Rural for excellence in academic studies in Arts and Humanities). His degree dissertation was entitled ‘Politics and diplomacy: the Aegean world in Egypt during the 18th Dynasty’ (with Honors). He pursued further training in Archaeology with his postgraduate, first obtaining an interuniversity MA in Archaeology (University of Seville and University of Granada) and later an MSc in Physical and Forensic Anthropology (Faculty of Medicine, University of Granada). Finally, he has received a PhD fellowship (FPU) granted by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities of Spain, by which he is now developing his doctoral research as a PhD research fellow and Teaching assistant in the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology at the University of Granada.
His main line of research is the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Network Analysis to analyze communication and transport routes between ancient Egypt and other surrounding areas in the Mediterranean context. For so doing, he employs a methodology based on data analysis, mapping and computational simulation modelling, all of which are guided by the theoretical principles of Landscape Archaeology. His methodological training has been enriched by pursuing several postgraduate courses, such as the Title of Expertise in the application of GIS for research and project management (University of Seville) or the Postgraduate Certificate for the archaeological application of GIS (Instituto e Ciencias del Patrimonio (INCIPIT) and Instituto de Arqueología de Mérida, both of which are specialized institutes of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).
He has obtained different fellowships (Introduction research fellowship 2016/2017, granted by the University of Granada; Collaboration scholarship/research fellowship, granted by the Ministry of Education and Professional Formation) and collaborated in different research projects. As a Visiting scholar, he has enjoyed different research-stays in international institutions such as La Sapienza Universitá di Roma (Italy) and Centro de Arqueologia da Universidade de Lisboa (UNIARQ) (Portugal). In addition to holding a teacher’s assistant position for the degrees in History and Archaeology, also he has organized many scientific activities and symposiums and participated at numerous national and international congresses -the fruit of which are different publications. Currently, he is also a member of the Committee for Internationalisation at the University of Granada. Finally, he has been involved in several archaeological campaigns in Spain, Greece and Egypt. Among these, it should be highlighted his presence as part of the Sissi Archaeological Project (Crete, Greece) since 2019, supported by the Belgian School of Athens, and the Middle Kingdom Theban Project (Luxor, Egypt) since 2020 -directed by Antonio J. Morales Rondán, Associate Professor of Egyptology and Ancient History at the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH) (Madrid, Spain).