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Sebastián Celestino Pérez

He is responsible for the excavations at Cancho Roano and the Guareña site, he is a key witness to the presence of the world in Extremadura.

D. in History from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) and professor of Prehistory and Archaeology at the Complutense and Autónoma Universities of Madrid (1996-1999). Research Scientist at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), he is, since 2013, director of the Instituto de Arqueología del CSIC (IAM).

He has directed several research projects of the Plan Nacional I+D+I and is currently the Principal Investigator of the project "Construyendo Tarteso" recognised with the Premio Nacional de Arqueología y Paleontología de la Fundación Palarq. He has directed the archaeological excavations of the sanctuary of Cancho Roano (1986 -2001) and is currently co-directing those of the site of Casas del Turuñuelo.

Author of numerous articles on different aspects of Tartessus, his books Las estelas de guerrero y estelas diademadas. La precolonización y formación del mundo tartésico, 2001. Ed. Bellaterra. Barcelona; Tartessus. Journey to the Confines of the Ancient World, 2014. Ed. Trébede. Madrid; Tarteso. Territorio y Cultura, 2016. Ed. Ariel, Barcelona; or the one translated here published by Oxford University Press in 2016. He is editor and coordinator of some twenty books, including the co-edition of Territorios comparados: Los valles del Guadalquivir, Guadiana y Tajo en época tartésica, 2017. AAEspA, LXXX. Madrid; or the coordination of La Protohistoria de la Península Ibérica, (2017) in Historia de España II, ed. Itsmo. Madrid. He was president of the IX International Congress of Phoenician and Punic Studies (2018). He was one of the main speakers at the 1st International Congress on Tartessus "The Emporium of Metal".

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