The Palarq Foundation is a privately owned, non-for-profit organization created with the purpose of financing Spanish Archaeological and Human Paleontology missions outside of Europe. The area of research comprises from the paleontology era to the prehistorical epochs and the historical-monument relevant eras in general.


Project: “Looking for Pleistocene human occupations in the depression of the Kura – Arax rivers and in the Vorotan river basin” – South Caucasus

Institution: Atapuerca Foundation

Directors: Dr. Lena Asryan, Dr. Andreu Ollé Cañellas

Project: “Reformulation of hominid dispersal models through comparative studies of the Acheulean and Middle Paleolithic in India and Africa: Case studies at the Senrayanapalayam site near Attirampakkam” – India

Institution: Atapuerca Foundation

Directors: Prof. Mohamed Sahnouni, Prof. Shanti Pappu, Prof. Akhilesh Kumar

Project: “Archaeological Project of Tire” – Lebanon

Institution: Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Laboratori d’Arqueologia

Director: Dr. Mª Eugenia Aubet



Project: “Utica, the Phoenician-Punic city” – Tunisia

Institution: Universidad de Almería

Director: Dr. José Luis López Castro

Project: “Human Origins in the Olduvai Gorge” – Tanzania

Institution: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, ​​Centre d’Estudis del Patrimoni Arqueològic

Director: Dr. Rafael Mora Torcal

Project: “Tamanart Team” – Morocco

Institution: UNED

Director: Dr. Martí Mas Cornellà


Project: “Archaeological excavation of Oxirrinco (El-Bahnasa)” – Egypt

Institution: Universitat de Barcelona- IPOA

Directors: Dr. Ignasi-Xavier Adiego Lajara, Dr. Esther Pons Mellado, Dr. Maite Mascort Roca


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Project: “Interdisciplinary Archaeological Project Barrio del Río San Juan, Teotihuacán” – Mexico

Institution: Universitat de Barcelona

Directors: Dr. Natalia Moragas Segura, Dr. Alessandra Pecci

Project: “Excavation in the Preceramic Neolithic site of Kharaysin” – Zarqa, Jordan

Institution: Milà y Fontanals Institution, CSIC – Barcelona

Director: Dr. Juan José Ibáñez


Project: “Two zero nine, Archaeological Mission for the study and conservation of the TT209, Luxor” – Egypt

Institution: Universidad de La Laguna

Director: Dr. Miguel Ángel Molinero Polo


Project: “The old Termez. A ceramic production center in Islamic Transoxiana (8th-13th centuries) ”- Uzbekistan

Institution: Universitat de Barcelona

Directors: Dr. Josep Mª Gurt Esparraguera, Dr. Verónica Martínez Ferreras


Project: “Gird Lashkir” – Erbil, Iraq (Iraqi Kurdistan)

Institution: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Director: Dr. Miquel Molist Montaña



Project: “Nahal Efe. The process of neolitization in the Negev desert region” – Israel

Institution: Milà i Fontanals Institution, CSIC – Barcelona

Director: Dr. Ferran Borrell


Project: “Archaeological project in Somaliland” – Somalia

Institution: Instituto de Ciencias del Patrimonio (INCIPIT), CSIC- Santiago de Compostela

Director: Dr. Alfredo González-Ruibal

Project: “Spanish Mission in Heracleópolis Magna (Ehnasya el-Medina)” – Beni Suef, Egypt

Institution: Asoc. Cooperación y Protección del Patrimonio Histórico Artístico y Arqueológico Internacional (ACOPHIA) / Museo Arqueológico Nacional, Madrid

Director: Dr. Mª del Carmen Pérez-Die


Project: “Evolution of the human population during the Quaternary in Eastern Morocco: Aïn Beni Mathar” – Guefaït (Province of Jerada) – Morocco

Institution: Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES)

Directors: Dr. Robert Sala i Ramos, Dr. Maria Gema Chacón Navarro, Dr. Hassan Aouraghe

Project: “Archaeological project in Tell el- Far’a” – Palestine

Institution: Universidade da Coruña

Director: Dr. Juan Luis Montero Fenollós


Project: “Sikait Project”- Egypt

Institution: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Director: Dr. Joan Oller Guzmán


Project: AGS Excavation (Bed I, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania): A 1.84 million year old occupation soil and a window to the origin of human beings – Tanzania

Institution: IDEA, Universidad de Alcalá, Museo Arqueológico Regional de la Comunidad de Madrid

Directors: Dr. Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo, Dr. Enrique Baquedano Pérez



Project: “NDUTUPAI: The First Modern Humans in Northern Tanzania- Tanzania

Institution: UNED

Director: Dr. José Manuel Maíllo-Fernández



Project: “La Puntilla. Social practices and production of social life in El Trigal (1400 cal ANE and 400 cal DNE) in Nasca, Ica” – Peru

Institution: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Director: Dr. Pedro V. Castro-Martinez

Project: “Hispanic-Egyptian Mission in Southwest Saqqara . Kom El-Khamasin field and surrounding area” – Egypt

Institution: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Director: Dr. Josep Cervelló Autuori


Project: “ModAgrO”: Modelling Agricultural Origins and Urbanism in South Asia” – Pakistan

Institution: Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Director: Dr. Marco Madella

Project: “Art and creativity in the depths of the Sierra Mixe of Oaxaca” – Mexico

Institution: Universidad de Barcelona

Directors: Dr. Leslie Zubieta, Dr. Alessandra Pecci

Project: “Documentation, spatial study and diffusion of the Rock Art of the Sierra de San Francisco, Baja California Sur”- Mexico

Institution: ICREA, Universidad de Barcelona

Director: Dr. Margarita Díaz-Andreu


Proyecto: Project: “Paleoanthropological Prospecting in Equatorial Guinea II”- Equatorial Guinea

Institution: Museo Natural de Ciencias Naturales-CSIC

Director: Dr. Antonio Rosas González


Project: “Archaeology of the Imperial Domains. In search of the context of the Lex Hadriana by Rudibus Agris in Henchir Hnich, El Krib” – Tunisia

Institution: UNED

Director: Dr. Yolanda Peña Cervantes


Project: “Geo-Ethno-Archaeology and the Use of Space (GEA)”- Botswana

Institution: Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Director: Dr. Stefano Biagetti


Project: “Study of the Pleistocene records of the Engel Ela-Ramud Basin” – Eritrea

Institution: Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES)

Directors: Dr. Bienvenido Martínez-Navarro, Dr. Tsegai Medin


Project: “Prehistoric art in Alto Limay and Nahuel Huapi. Approach to the symbolic behavior of the first inhabitants of northern Patagonia” – Argentina

Institution: Universidad de Cantabria

Director: Dr. Pablo Arias Cabal


Project: “Autigasta and Huaycama. Archaeology of the indigenous peasant spaces and the Spanish colonial estancias in the Catamarca Valley (XVI-XVII centuries)” – Argentina

Institution: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Director: Dr. Félix Retamero Serralvo


Project: “Carthage and its territory: from ‘rst Punic de pagus Zeugei, economic landscapes and territorial organization” – Tunisia

Institution: Universitat de València

Director: Dr. Iván Fumadó Ortega

Project: “Documentation and conservation project in three funeral chambers in Luxor” – Egypt

Institution: CSIC

Director: Dr. Lucía Díaz-Iglesias Llanos


Project: “Variability of Homo Erectus behavior during the Lower Pleistocene in the Ethiopian Highlands in Melka Kunture”- Ethiopia

Institution: CENIEH

Directors: Dr. Joaquín Panera Gallego, Prof. Margherita Mussi, Dr. Eduardo Méndez-Quintas, Dr. Susana Rubio-Jara

Project: “LIXVS-GARVM research project. The LIXVS Halieutic Cycle. Interdisciplinary Study of Marine Resources in Ancient Times” – Morocco

Institution: Universidad de Cadiz

Directors: Dr. Dario Bernal Casasola, Dr. Mohamed Kbiri Alaoui

Project: “New technologies applied to the taphonomy of human origins in East Africa” – Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia

Institution: Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Director: Dr. José Yravedra Sainz de los Terreros

Project: “Sela: A mountain Edomite settlement in Jordan” – Jordan

Institution: Universidad de Barcelona

Director: Dr. Rocio Da Riva

Project: “The beginnings of Achelense in East Africa: excavations at Loc 14” – Olduvai, Tanzania

Institution: CSIC

Director: Dr. Ignacio de la Torre

Project: “Archaeological Park of Trialeti. Integral study of the archaeological and cultural heritage in its area of influence, for the implementation of a tourist and cultural resource” – Pat-Georgia

Institution: Universidad de Extremadura

Directors: Dr. Hipólito Collado Giraldo, Dr. José Julio García Arranz

Project: “The origin of Homo sapiens and its adaptation to coastal environments: the ESA-MSA transition in Kilwa” – Tanzania

Institution: Universidad de Valladolid

Director: Dr. Fernando Diez Martínez

Project: “Behavior and adaptation of Homo erectus: Re-investigating the Tighennif (ex Ternifine) hominid site” – Algeria

Institution: CENIEH

Director: Dr. Mohamed Sahnouni

Project: “First human steps in South America: walking between Gonfoterios” – Chile

Institution: Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES)

Directors: Dr. Carlos Tornero, Dr. Erwin González-Guarda, Dr. Rafael Labarca

Project: “Archaeological Pr. in the Kachchh (India): Pastoralism, exchange and the origins of the Indus Civilization” – India

Institution:Institut Català d’arqueologia Clàsica (ICAC), CSIC

Directors: Dr. Francesc Conesa, Dr. Juan José García Granero

Project: ” Archaeological investigations for the study of the ancient population and the diversity of paleoenvironments in the northern plateau of Chubut, Central Patagonia” – Argentina

Institution: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Directors: Dr. Juan A. Barceló Álvarez, Dr. Laura Mameli Iriarte, Dr. Florencia Del Castillo

Project: “ARVCODA – Archaeology of Plant Resources in the Atacama Desert Coast” – Chile

Institution: CSIC

Director: Dr. Débora Zurro

Project: “Hispanic-Algerian archaeological mission in Tipasa: exploring the ancient territory of an African World Heritage city” – Algeria

Institution: Universidad de Murcia

Directors: Dr. Alejandro Quevedo Sánchez, Dr. Rafik Khellaf

Project: “Archaeological excavations on Diego Portales Island (Última Esperanza, Chile): Canoeists of the interior sea” – Chile

Institution:Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Directors: Dr. Raquel Piqué Huerta, Dr. Vanessa Navarrete Belda, Alfredo Prieto

Project: “The study of the Andean pre-Hispanic agricultural landscape Archaeological excavations in the Huari and Inca imperial terraces of the Sondondo Valley)” – Peru

Institution: Universidad de Oviedo

Directors: Dr. Margarita Fernández Mier, Dr. Aparicio Martínez

Project: “Archaeology of nomadic pastoralism in Mongolia: the invisible traces of domestic spaces” – Mongolia

Institution: Universidad de La Laguna

Director: Dr. Natalia Égüez

Project: “El Quinto Proyecto Catarata: interacciones hombre-medio ambiente durante la prehistoria tardía (FiCaPro)” – Sudán

Institution: Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Directors: Dra. Carla Lancelotti, Dr. Hassan Mustafa Alkhidir

Project: Cycle of conferences: “Current situation of archaeological research in Spain III”.

Institution: MAN (Museo Arqueológico Nacional) – Madrid

Director: Dr. Andrés Carretero