Domaine de recherche
My principal research interest lies in the study of the Upper Palaeolithic (UP) hunter-gatherer societies in Eurasia through the analysis of osseous raw material exploitation. I especially emphasized the role of the osseous hunting weapons in the first anatomically modern humans (AMH) colonizing Eurasia at the UP’s onset. As such, I have developed two main research lines: 1) Techno-economic and palethnographic approach to the technical & conceptual behaviours in osseous raw material working (mainly bone/antler) during the Palaeolithic; 2) The role of the osseous hunting projectile weapons of the first AMH’s adaptive environmental strategies in colonising Eurasia after their dispersion from Africa.
This research has been facilitated by both fieldwork undertaken at various Palaeolithic sites in Spain, France, Italy, Israel, Armenia & Georgia, and a revision of faunal remains and osseous sets from old excavations. It has been funded through highly competitive grants and has allowed me to direct or co-direct several international research projects.
I am currently involved in various national and international projects (Spain, France, Austria, the UK, Israel & Georgia). I am developing new research lines combining archaeological and biomolecular cutting edge methods. My prime current project is based on the integration of archaeological approaches (technology, use-wear, experimentation); palaeogenetics (aDNA: ancient DNA); palaeoproteomics (ZooMS: Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry); and radiocarbon chronology (C14), evaluating critical aspects of the first AMH’s osseous hunting weapons. It will complement data from my past works in Western Europe allowing us to gain insight into different aspects of the first AMH in Eurasia adding data from several key sites from the Near East (e.g., Manot cave, Hayonim, Kebara, Ksar Akil), Central Europe (e.g., Willendorf II, Mladec) and the Caucasus (e.g., Satsurblia, Dzudzuana).
Further, my work concerns the last Levantine hunter-gatherers’ bone equipment beginning to practice the sedentarism (Natufian). I lead an international project to study and publish one of the keys Near East Natufian sites: Einan – Ain- Mallaha (northern Jordan Valley, Israel) funded by the Shelby White Foundation of Harvard University.
I am a member of the Interdisciplinary Network HEAS (Human Evolution and Archaeological Sciences) of the University of Vienna https://www.heas.at/about/partners/department-of-evolutionary-anthropology-dea/jose-miguel-tejero/
In addition to my research activity, I have broad teaching experience in 5 Universities in 4 different countries:
- UNED Madrid University, and Barcelona University (Spain);
- Paris 1 Sorbonne University (France);
- The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel);
- University of Vienna (Austria) https://ufind.univie.ac.at/en/person.html?id=115554
Programmes de recherche
Project Direction (Selected list from the last 5 years):
- 2021-2023 Assessing Anatomically Modern Human behaviour and social networks in Eurasia through Multidisciplinary Studies of Early Upper Palaeolithic Osseous Hunting Weapons. Funded by The Austrian Science Fund (FWF): https://www.oswehuman.net
- 2020-2023 The Natufian site of Eynan – Ain Mallaha (Upper Jordan Valley, Israel). Study and publication of the materials of the excavations from 1996-2005. Funded by the Shelby-White and Leon Levy Foundation of Harvard University: https://whitelevy.fas.harvard.edu/people/josé-miguel-tejero
- 2020-2021 The technical exploitation of the bone at Einan – Ain-Mallaha (Upper Galilee); Issues to assess by crossing data from the archaeozoology and osseous technology. Funded by Irene Levi Sala CARE Archaeological Foundation.
- 2017-2018 The Manot Cave’s (Lower Galilee) osseous raw material exploitation in the setting of the EUP emergence and diffusion. Funded by Irene Levi Sala CARE Archaeological Foundation
- Tejero, J.-M., Bar-Oz, G., Meshveliani, T., Jekeli, N., Mastkevich, Z., Pinhasi, R., Belfer-Cohen, A. 2021. New insights on Upper Palaeolithic personal ornaments of the Caucasus. Teeth and bones pendants from Satsurblia and Dzudzuana caves (Imereti. Georgia). PLOS ONE 6 (11): e0258974.
- Tejero., J.-M., Rabinovich, R., Yeshurun, R., Abulafia, T., Bar-Yosef, O. Barzilai, O., Belfer-Cohen, A., Goder-Golberger, M., Hershkovitz, I., Lavi, R., Dhemer, M., Marder, O. 2020. Personal ornaments from Hayonim and Manot caves (Israel) hint to symbolic ties between the Levantine and the European Aurignacian. Journal of Human Evolution 160: 102870
- Rodríguez-Hidalgo, J. A., Morales, J. I., García-Argudo, G., A., Fernández-Marchena, J. L., Marín, J., Saladié, P., Soto, M., Tejero, J.-M., Cebrià, A., Fullola J. M. 2019. The Châtelperronian Neandertals of Cova Foradada (Calafell, Spain) used Iberian Imperial Eagle phalanges for symbolic purposes. Science Advances 5 (11) eaax1984
- Marder O., Abulafia T., Berna F. Boaretto, E., Caux S., Goder-Goldberger M., Hershkovitz I., Lavi R., Shemer M., Tejero J.-M., Yeshurun, R., Barzilai O. (accepted). The Levantine Aurignacian sequence of Manot cave, cultural affiliation and regional perspective. Journal of Human Evolution 160:102705
- Tejero, J.-M., Belfer-Cohen, A., Bar-Yosef, O., Gutkin, V., Rabinovich, R. (2018). Symbolic emblems of the Levantine Aurignacians as a regional entity identifier (Hayonim Cave, Lower Galilee, Israel). Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. PNAS USA 201717145
- Tejero, J.-M., Christensen, M., Bodu, P. (2018). Comportements techniques dans l’exploitation de bois de cervidé pendant l’Aurignacien en Europe et au Proche Orient. Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Française 13 :101-118
- Tejero, J.-M, Yeshurun, R., Marder, O., Barzilai, O., Goder-Golberger, M., Hershkovitz, I., Schneller-Pels, N., Lavi, R. 2016. The osseous industry from Manot Cave (Western Galilee, Israel): technological and conceptual behaviours of bone and antler exploitation in the Levantine Early Upper Palaeolithic. Quaternary International
- Goutas, N., Tejero, J.-M. 2016. Osseous Technology as a way to catch chronological, economic and social aspects of Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers. A few examples from Aurignacian and Gravettian key sites of South-Western Europe. Quaternary International
- Tejero, J.-M, Grimaldi, S. 2015. Assessing Bone and Antler exploitation at Riparo Mochi (Balzi Rossi, Italy): Implications for the characterization of the Aurignacian in South-western Europe. Journal of Archaeological Science 61: 59-77
- Tejero, J.-M, 2014. Towards Complexity in Osseous Raw Material Exploitation by the First Anatomically Modern Humans in Europe: Aurignacian Deer Antler Working. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 36: 72-92 (
- Tejero, J.-M., Christensen, M., Bodu, P. 2012. Red Deer Antler Technology and Early Modern Humans in Southeast Europe: An Experimental Study. Journal of Archaeological Science 39: 332-346