Riczar Belcena Fuentes


The Role of Culture in Early Expansions of Humans
University of Tübingen
Rümelinstr. 19-23
72070 Tübingen

email: riczar.fuentes[at]student.uni-tuebingen.de

Main research interests

  • Prehistoric stone tool technology
  • Lithic use-wear analysis
  • Prehistoric maritime interactions
  • Southeast Asian archaeology



January 2020, Congratulations to Riczar Fuentes for the successful defense of his PhD dissertation!

October 2016, Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology at the Institute of Pre- & Protohistory and Medieval Archaeology at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, funded by the Lisa Maskell Fellowships – Gerda Henkel Stiftung

2015, MA Archaeology, University of the Philippines Diliman,
Thesis -  Use-Wear Analysis of Lithic Artefacts from Vito Cave in Peñablanca, Cagayan, Northern Luzon, Philippines, Adviser – Prof. Dr.  Alfred Pawlik

2008, BA History, University of the Philippines Visayas

Professional Experience

2016: Research project member – Cultural History of Palaeo-Asia project in Sulawesi, Indonesia, collaboration with Prof. Dr. Rintaro Ono of Tokai University, Tokyo, Japan

2012 – 2016: Research Associate, University of the Philippines Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Emerging Interdisciplinary Research (EIDR) Grant – “Palaeoenvironmental and Biodiversity Study of Mindoro Island: An Archaeological Science Initiative”

2015 – 2016: Senior Lecturer (for general education/ undergraduate students), Archaeological Studies Program, University of the Philippines Diliman

2012 – 2013: Research Associate, University of the Philippines Diliman, Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development Outright Research Grant, Project Leader -  Prof. Dr. Alfred F. Pawlik, “Microwear and Residue Analysis of Lithic Artefacts from Vito Cave, Peñablanca, Cagayan and the Reconstruction of Prehistoric Technology, Cave Function and Site Activities”

2011: Researcher, Mindoro Archaeological Project, A joint project of University of the Philippines Diliman and The University of Western Australia


Island Adaptation and Maritime Interaction in Changing Environment from the Terminal Pleistocene to the Early Holocene: A Comparative Study of Prehistoric Technology in Northeastern Indonesia and the Philippines

The aim of this research is to contribute to answering regional questions on the peopling of the Philippine Islands and maritime interactions with neighboring islands beyond the Wallace Line during and after the last glaciation. The role of behavioral adaptation to changing environments, and the technological and cultural exchange between the different populations will be investigated. The conclusions can contribute not only to basic research concerns, but can also be of significant use to the building of a better understanding of behavioral strategies and the role the Philippine archipelago played in human dispersal to the other Pacific islands. This novel study takes advantage of a newly established scientific collaboration between the proponent and project leaders of ongoing excavations in Talaud Islands and Topogaro, Central Sulawesi – both within Northeastern Indonesia. It proposes for the first time to systematically study stone tools of different origins to construct a cultural link between the Philippine and adjacent Indonesian islands and offers to determine connections, technological advancement, subsistence strategies and the social and cultural behavior of early Pacific Islanders.