Timothy Canessa, MPhil





Timo Canessa is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology at the University of Vienna. His research project aims to understand the idiosyncratic pattern of modern human settlement in the Iberian Peninsula through the lithic artefact assemblages attributed to the Early Upper Palaeolithic. He is interested in the relationship between, on the one hand, mobility and lithic technological strategies and, on the other hand, the character and composition of these lithic artefact assemblages. As a starting point, he will explore whether expedient technology was a feature of human occupation during this time and if this has any bearing on the “indeterminate” nature of some Early Upper Palaeolithic assemblages.


Key Research Topics

  • Palaeolithic Archaeology
  • Lithic technology
  • Forager Mobility and Settlement Organisation


Grants (selection)

2023 – 2026, Gibraltar Government Scholarship



Canessa, T. (2021). Mobility and settlement strategies in southern Iberia during the Last Glacial Maximum: Evaluating the region’s refugium status. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 37, p. 102966. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2021.102966


Academic Education 

2018–2019 MPhil in Archaeology, University of Cambridge

2015–2018: BA (Hons) Anthropology and Archaeology, Durham University