Individual Members

Görkem Cenk Yesilova

Member of EXARC since
Crafts & Skills

Master’s Degree: 12/09/2019 Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Erasmus Mundus Master-Quaternary and Prehistory, Italy (2 academic years).
Bachelor’s Degree: 28/06/2016 University of Ankara, Faculty of Language, History and Geography, Department of Prehistory, Turkey (4 academic years).

I continue my PhD studies with a Predoctoral Grant (FPI2021 – PRE2021-098328) at The Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES) / The University of Rovira i Virgili (URV), Tarragona, Spain. The title of my PhD project is "Lithic refitting analysis at the Lower and Middle Pleistocene sites of the Francolí basin (Tarragona, Spain): Application of systematic refitting to the Cansaladeta sequence and comparison with Barranc de la Boella (Cala 1, Unit II)". I also collaborate on the field research at the site of Gran Dolina at Atapuerca.

Currently, my research focuses deeply on bipolar technology, with a range of experimental work entitled:

Experimental Francolí 2021 (Archaeological interpretation of bipolar reduction): The first round of experimental studies concentrated on the detachment mechanics of small-sized quartz pebbles, and hammerstone manipulation.

Experimental Francolí 2022 (Ethnographic interpretation of bipolar reduction): The second round of experimental studies aimed to test variants of bipolar technology that have been documented in past and recent ethnographic studies.

Experimental Francolí 2023 (Physics of bipolar reduction): The ongoing third round of experimental studies mainly focuses on detachment mechanics of bipolar reduction from a quantitative perspective through video motion analysis.