Manuel Arroyo-Kalin
  • m.arroyo-kalin@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 4790
  • Internal: 24790
  • Room 401
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Manuel Arroyo-Kalin

 Research Interests

  • Geoarchaeology, especially soil micromorphology
  • South American pre-Columbian history
  • Historical Ecology and Landscape/Plant domestication
  • Human Niche-Building
  • Cultural Transmission
  • Anthropogenic soils

Research Directory Records

Current projects

  • Amazonian Dark Earths in Western Amazonia PI of a British Academy (UK)-funded research project focused on the archaeology of the Napo River, in collaboration with Fernanda Ugalde (Pontifical Catholic University, Ecuador) and Santiago Rivas Panduro (Peruvian Culture Ministry, Loreto Division, Peru).  
  • The Cotúa Island Reflexive Archaeology Project Co-PI of a Leverhulme Trust-funded project led by Dr Jose Oliver (UCL) and focused on the archaeology of Cotúa Island, middle Orinoco River.
  • Geoarchaeology of Nebelivka, Ukraine. Ongoing research line as part of an AHRC(UK)-funded project led by Dr John Chapman (Durham University).
  • Geoarchaeology of Tierra del Fuego, Chile. Ongoing research line as part of a FONDECYT(Chile)-funded research project led by Flavia Morello (Universidad de Magallanes).
  • Geoarchaeology of Kelabit Highlands, Sarawak. Ongoing research line as part of a NRF(Korea)-funded project led by Dr Lindsay Lloyd-Smith (Sogang University).
  • Neotropical Historical Ecology workshop: supported by the British Academy and held at the UCL Institute of the Americas in June 2014. Participants currently working towards developing an edited volume based on the workshop.
  • Lathrap Colloquium: the first meeting was held as day-long workshop in the 2014 SALSA Sesquiannual meeting, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Amazonia, a Landscape Provocation: Ongoing scholarly project to develop an account of the human history of Amazonia, the world’s largest rainforest.

Educational Background

  • PhD Archaeology (University of Cambridge, 2008)
  • MPhil Archaeological Science (University of Cambridge, 1999)
  • Licentiate in Anthropology, specialising in Archaeology (Universidad de Chile, 1998)

Current students

  • Oliver Boles Lasting impressions: enduring signatures of pastoralist settlement sites in eastern Africa and their implications for archaeology (principal supervisor Andrew Reid, joint second supervisor with Mark Altaweel)
  • Lindsay Duncan The study of archaeological deposits to examine local soil formation at Marco Gonzalez, Ambergris Caye, Belize: investigating the potential for Life-Cycle Assessment in Archaeology (joint prinicipal supervisors Elizabeth Graham and Julia Stegemann)
  • Gail Hammond Ancient Maya settlement and the Alacranes Bajo: landscape and communities in the Three Rivers Region (principal supervisor Elizabeth Graham)
  • Natalia Lozada Mendieta Ancient pots, potters and communities of practice in the Atures Rapids, Middle Orinoco River, Venezuela (principal supervisor Jose Oliver)
  • Bruna Rocha Regional archaeology of the Upper Tapajos River (principal supervisor Jose Oliver)

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