José M. Alba GómezArchaeologyUniversity of Jaén


José is currently a researcher at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität – LMU. He was Assistant Professor and researcher at the Dept. Antropología, Geografía e Historia, Área de Historia Antigua, University of Jaén, where he was previously Junior Research Fellow (2017 - 2019). He finished his PhD thesis (2016) titled “Olive tree cultivation and oil production in Ancient Egypt” to the same University. His primary areas of interest are concerned with different aspects of History, Egyptology, Archaeology and funerary material culture, including digitalization. Currently, his work is based on topics concerning pottery production, trade and consumption, and the role of ceramics in order to analyze and interpret cultural information. Other research areas of his interest are olive tree cultivation and oil production in ancient Egypt, examined from various perspectives, including experimental archaeology.

Archaeologist of the Proyecto Qubbet el-Hawa since 2009 and co-director since 2016. In addition, he has obtained field experience through his participation in various archaeological expeditions and projects in Spain and abroad (France, USA and Germany).

His training was carried out at the University of Jaén, Aix-Marseille University (France) and University Southern Mississippi (USA). In addition, he made several researches stays: Freie Universität de Berlin (Germany), Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale (IFAO Cairo), Center de Recherches Égyptologiques de la Sorbonne (CRES) (Paris, France), Ägyptologisches Seminar University of Bonn (Germany), Humboldt Universität (Berlin) and the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan of the British Museum, where he has expanded his postdoctoral academic training. He obtained Jose Castillejo Scholarship to carry out a stay at the Institut für Ägyptologie of the Universität Leipzig to carry out a study and publication of the pottery from the tomb of Sarenput II (QH31) from Qubbet el-Hawa.

Furthermore, he is currently supervising three PhD thesis at the University of Jaén and one at the University of Granada. In addition, he has contributed to multiple conferences and seminars, and is the author of several articles, organizing seminars, conferences, courses, and workshops.