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11 Aug

I recently migrated all the content from this blog to my new website!, I’m looking forward to see you there.

Hi all,

I hope you are having a great summer! Just a quick note to say that I’m migrating my blog to my new website. I hope you like it and continue following my research. Don’t hesitate to contact me anytime 🙂

GIS in the Digital Humanities: A free one day seminar

22 Oct

Hi all,
This time I would like to invite you to take part of this event. Is organized by my project Spatial Humanities at Lancaster University.

The idea is the next:

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are becoming increasingly used by historians, archaeologists, literary scholars, classicists and others with an interest in humanities geographies. Take-up has been hampered by a lack of understanding of what GIS is and what it has to offer to these disciplines. This free workshop, sponsored by the European Research Council’s Spatial Humanities: Texts, GIS, Places project and hosted by Lancaster University, will provide a basic introduction to GIS both as an approach to academic study and as a technology. Its key aims are: To establish why the use of GIS is important to the humanities; to stress the key abilities offered by GIS, particularly the capacity to integrate, analyse and visualise a wide range of data from many different types of sources; to show the pitfalls associated with GIS and thus encourage a more informed and subtle understanding of the technology; and, to provide a basic overview of GIS software and data.

The event is taking place on the 30th of November and is free. Take into account that this is a basic seminar. It is targeted to people new to GIS, and is mainly about its use in many different fields within humanities and not only archaeology. So, if you want to meet people with an interest in interdisciplinary research within humanities and GIS this is for you 🙂

For more information visit this link.

Have a great week!

Understanding human movement through spatial technologies

20 Jun

Hi all,
Just a quick note to tell you that my article on human movement and Late Prehistory is finally out 🙂 It is called: “Understanding human movement through spatial technologies.The role of natural areas of transit in the Late Prehistory of South-western Iberia” and it was published by the Journal Trabajos de Prehistoria.
I believe that in Archaeology simple spatial methodologies can sometimes lead us to powerful interpretations.
From the results of this particular experiment on human movement I decided to explore the patterns further obtaining quite surprising results.
This other part of the research deals also with the relationship between prehistoric monuments and herding pathways applying more complex models, and the results are about to be published as a chapter in a book edited by Stella Souvatzi and Athena Hadji called Space and Time in Mediterranean Prehistory. Let me know if you are interested.

Meanwhile you can download this first article from
or from my page in


CAA-Theory6: Loc(i) Motion: Current technologies and computational methodologies for exploring human movement in the past and present

19 Jan


Hey guys check out this session in CAA. Is about mobility…my favourite topic 🙂

CAA-Theory6: Loc(i) Motion: Current technologies and computational methodologies for exploring human movement in the past and present


CAA 2012 Registration system is now open

19 Jan

The CAA2012 registration system is now open:

The early bird registration rates will end on 1 February. We very much look forward to seeing you in Southampton in March.

As part of the registration process we would very much like you to provide us with your social media profiles e.g. twitter, linkedin, academia etc. If you agree we will place these on the CAA2012 website in order to create an online community in advance of the conference and to help interactions during and after it. Please also follow @caasoton if you are a twitter user for regular updates.

See you in March!


Workaround for Arcgis batch models (or what to do when batching a model just fails)

14 Feb

Ok, so many of you are probably already aware that when you create a model in Arcgis in order to batch it you need to make the variables lists. However, there are sometimes that this just fails and it not allows you to batch your model. I encountered this problem working with a quite complicated model and looking for different solutions I figured out this one. You can just create a script instead of a model, but if you don’t have time or you are not a super scripting nerd 😀 there is another way to make it work. Is actually quite similar to the way you do macros in IDRISI.

For the sake of explanation here Im going to put as example a simple process (create a buffer):

Let’s say you create your model and you want to batch process it.

1.Open the command line either in Arcmap or Arccatalog. To make sure that your model works well before you create your workflow in Excel, enter the parameters of your model in the command line and run it.

2. Once you are sure it is working properly, copy the parameters to a worksheet in excel.

(If you are using arccatalog you can set the absolute paths to your layers, but if you added all the information into an arcmap project the model will take the relative paths so in the parameters you can just input the name of the file rather than the whole path)

3. Once in excel you can just drag down the values filling up the parameters, modifying the names of the files you want to run in subsequent models.

4. Delete all the other sheets in the book (Sheet1,2 and so on TAB/right click/delete). Save as .cvs (Comma delimited).

(This will allow you to modify in the next step the file and save it directly to .txt)

5. Open it your word processor, click Find and Replace. Replace “,” for one space.

6. Save the document as .TXT

7. Open it in Notepad.

8. Copy and paste all in the command line and run it! (you are ready to go for a nice coffee while the machine works for you :D)

You can do the same with more complex models, just add the parameters that are necessary in your model.

Have a great day!

Masculinity and Popular Culture Conference @ University of Southampton

10 Feb

Hey guys! I know this is totally outside the scope of my regular blog, but I thought of sharing another of my interests. So if you don’t have anything to do on the 5th of March, come to see our paper 😉


‘The Role of Lucha Libre in the Construction of Mexican Male Identity’

Javier Pereda and Patricia Murrieta-Flores

Lucha Libre has played an important role in Mexican culture since the late 1950s. At its early stage, wrestling from the United States and the French “Catch as Catch Can” blended within popular Mexican culture absorbing its social, political and mythical idiosyncrasy, evolving later into what it would be known as Lucha Libre. This sport has become famous mainly due to its masked wrestlers which embed their family traditions, beliefs and fears into the design of their masks, allowing them to transform a regular person into a fearless character.

After the introduction of the Monsters Cinema in the 1930s, the Mexican audience started to adopt several characters like Lugosi’s Dracula, Nostradamus, Frankenstein and The Werewolf. The success of Monster Cinema in Mexican culture is based on the integration of national legends and beliefs, placing them in local and very identifiable places for the Mexican populous.  Later, there was the introduction of La Llorona (The Crying Woman, 1933), La Mujer Sin Cabeza (The Headless Woman, 1944) and La Momia Azteca (The Aztec Mummy, 1957). The moment that Lucha Libre Cinema mixes with Monster Cinema, new heroes and myths were born.  These emergent heroes of the Mexican metropolis were setting the standards of how Mexicans wanted to be perceived along with the cultural and moral standards of that time.

Although the Lucha Libre cinema portrays a very dominant masculine figure, in its beginning it was contradictory to the image of the traditional male depicted in the conventional Mexican cinema, which used to present authoritative “macho” characters. By 1965 there was an interesting addition with the movie Las Luchadoras vs. La Momia (The Wrestling Women vs. The Mummy, 1964), in which women were empowered and overtake the super hero lead in the Lucha Libre Cinema and the sport.

Through this paper we will present the main social interaction of male wrestlers who perform as heroes inside the celluloid and outside of it. We will explore how masculinity and the male figure evolved in Lucha Libre Cinema, and the processes they have to undertake in order to be able to still portray as superheroes of an evolving and fast growing Mexico.

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