Marcos Martinón-Torres
  • m.martinon-torres@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 7496
  • Internal: 27496
  • Room 112
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Marcos Martinón-Torres

Research Interests

  • Alchemy, chemistry and metallurgy in the Renaissance world
  • Technical ceramics: the production and consumption of crucibles
  • Silver refining and assaying: cupels and cupellation remains
  • The theory and practice of brassmaking
  • Metals and metallurgy in America before and after the European contact
  • Specialisation and standardisation: the making of the Terracotta Army
  • Metals and metallurgy in Africa
  • Life-histories of megaliths and the history of archaeology

Research Directory Records

Educational Background

  • 2001-2005. PhD Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
  • 2000-2001. MSc in the Technology and Analysis of Archaeological Materials. University College London
  • 1999-2001. DEA (Advanced Studies Diploma) in Archaeology and Ancient History. University of Santiago de Compostela
  • 1999. MRes (Tesis de Licenciatura) in Archaeology. University of Santiago de Compostela
  • 1995-1999. Licenciatura with Extraordinary Degree Prize in History. Speciality: Archaeology. University of Santiago de Compostela

This list, together with my research interests, will give you an idea of the type of projects that I am willing to supervise. I am happy to consider informal queries from students who would like to work with me on related subjects.

Current Students

  • Laura Arcidiacono Development of a new non-destruction and non-invasive technique to analyse archaeological gold artefacts
  • Yi-Ting Hsu Fire Assay and Cupellation as Proxy for the Dissemination of Knowledge in Post-Renaissance Europe
  • Yaxiong Liu Iron and the Rise of the Qin Empire: An Exploration of the Iron Industry and its Social Impact during the Warring States Period (joint supervision with Yijie Zhuang)
  • Umberto Veronesi The alchemy of early modern glass: Philosophy, modern science and the market at Oxford's Officina Chimica (second supervisor Thilo Rehren)
  • Ole Nordland Iron making in Viking Age Scandinavia (c. AD 750 – 1000): Political power, knowledge transmission and technological changes (second supervisor Andrew Reynolds)
  • Jonathan Wood The transmission of silver and silver extraction technology across the Mediterranean by the Phoenicians in the 8th and 7th centuries BCE: A precursor for the Classical Age (second supervisors Corinna Riva, Mercedes Murillo-Barroso and Mike Charlton).
  • Maria Teresa Plaza Gold technology and the Tiwanaku empire in San Pedro de Atacama, Northern Chile, during the Middle Horizon (AD 400-1000) (second supervisor Bill Sillar)

Second Supervisor

Previous Students

  • David Larreina (2017) Copper and iron smelting traditions in ancient south-eastern China(second supervisor Thilo Rehren, tertiary supervisor Yanxiang LI, USTB)
  • Rahil Alipour (2017) Persian Crucible Steel Production in Central Iran (joint supervision with Thilo Rehren)
  • Mainardo Gaudenzi Asinelli (2016) Manufacture and use of copper and copper-alloy artefacts in medieval Tuscia (second supervisor Andrew Reynolds)
  • Pira Venunan (2016) An archaeometallurgical study of iron production in Ban Kruat, lower Northeast Thailand: Technology and social development from the Iron Age (500BC-AD500) to the Imperial Angkorian Khmer (AD802-1431) (second supervisor Andrew Reid, tertiary supervisor Oli Pryce)
  • Siran Liu (2015) Gold and silver production in Imperial China. Technological choices in their socio-economic and environmental settings (principal supervisor Thilo Rehren)
  • Ruth Fillery Travis (2015) Iron production in the Western Roman Empire: A diachronic study of technology and society based on two archaeological sites (second supervisors Andrew Gardner and Kris Lockyear)
  • Carmen Ting (2013) Change, continuity, and the Maya Collapse: Reconstructing the ceramic economy in the Eastern Maya Lowlands during the Classic to Postclassic Transition (joint supervision with Elizabeth Graham)
  • Thomas Thondhlana (2012) Metal workers and smelting precincts: an a rchaeometallurgical investigation of copper production in the Northern Lowveld, South Africa, c.AD 700 - 1900 (second supervisor Thilo Rehren)
  • Wenli Zhou (2012) The technology and organisation of zinc production in Chongqing, China during the Ming and Qing dynasties (second supervisor Thilo Rehren)
  • Maria Dikomitou (2012) Ceramic production, distribution and social interaction. An analytical approach to the study of Early and Middle Bronze Age pottery from Cyprus (principal supervisor Todd Whitelaw)
  • Roseleen Bains (2012) The social significane of stone bead technology at Neolithic Catalhoyuk, Turkey (principal supervisor Karen Wright)
  • Janice (Xiuzhen) Li (2012) Defining and Interpreting Specialization and Standardization: the Bronze Weapons of the Terra-cotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty,China (joint supervision with Andrew Bevan, second supervisor Thilo Rehren)
  • Louise Iles (2011) Technology, Society and 'Tradition': reconstructing the iron industries in Bunyoro-Kitara (principal supervisor Andrew Reid)
  • Virpi Holmqvist (2010) Ceramics in transition: a comparative analytical study of late Byzantine-early Islamic pottery in Southern Transjordan and the Negev (joint supervision with Thilo Rehren)
  • Jane Humphris (2010) An archaeometallurgical investigation of iron smelting traditions in Southern Rwanda (principal supervisor Andrew Reid)
  • Aude Mongiatti (2009) Assaying and smelting noble metals in sixteenth-century Austria: a comparative analytical study (with Thilo Rehren)
  • Oli Pryce (2009) Prehistoric copper production and technological reproduction in the Khao Wong Prachan Valley of central Thailand (with Vincent Pigott and Thilo Rehren)

Undergraduate and Masters' dissertations:

  • The funerary metals of Samdzong: Material characterisation of artefacts from pre-Buddhist Nepal (Giovanni Massa, MSc 2013)
  • Metallurgical traditions under Inka rule: A technological study of metals and ceramics from the Aconcagua Valley, Central Chile (Maria Teresa Plaza, MSc 2013)
  • Iron-nickel alloy smelting production in Luwu, South Sulawesi during the pre-Islamic period (Misol Do, MSc 2013)
  • Cementation, alloying or smelting? Bronze making in First Millennium BCE Khao Sam Kaeo, Thailand (Lalitha Thiagarajah, MSc 2012)
  • A post-medieval casting worksho in Dubrovnik, Croatia (Carlotta Gardner, MSc 2012)
  • Copper-base metallurgy in prehistoric Southeast Asia (Elzbieta Watroba, MSc, 2012)
  • Engraved in metal: Goldworking technologies at the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. From Nahuange to Tairona, AD 100 - AD 1600 (Juanita Saenz, MSc 2010)
  • Investigating a probable medieval illicit mint at Hargnies in the Ardennes (David Dearlove, MSc 2010)
  • An analytical study of material from a sixteenth and seventeenth century bronze foundry in the Republic of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) (Alexander Guthrie Stewart, MSc 2010)
  • Iron technology in peninsular Thailand: Evidence from 2nd century BC sites at Khaeo Sam Keao and Phu Khao Thong (Lynn Biggs, MSc 2009)
  • The Gresham Shipwreck: An investigation on the iron bars (Thomas Birch, MSc 2009)
  • Negotiating a Colonial Maya Identity: Metal ornaments from the Church Cemetery at Tipu, Belize (Bryan Cockrell, MSc 2009)
  • Stone beads and bead making as a craft in the Neolithic: the case of the Azraq 31 site in Jordan (Ioannis Papadias, MSc 2009)
  • Looking for meaning: a multidisciplinary study of variation in Roman Horse-and-Rider brooches (Ruth Fillery-Travis, MSc 2008)
  • Technology and craft organisation in the production of moulded-carved ceramics in the Maya Lowlands (Carmen Ting, MSc 2008)
  • Khao Sam Kaeo in the trans-Asiatic exchange system: an approach from the copper-base metallurgy (Mercedes Murillo-Barroso, MSc 2008)
  • Assessing the effectiveness of late medieval cupel recipes through experimental approaches (Tara DeFabrizio, BSc 2008)
  • The technology of silver processing: a comparison of two sites at Porco, Bolivia (Barbara Kulhanek, MSc 2007)
  • Materials, Manufacture, Meaning: Non-Destructive Analyses of the Anglo-Saxon Pewter Hoard from Cheapside, London (Christopher Lagen, MSc 2007)
  • Slag Inclusions and the Quest for Provenance: Slag and Slag Inclusion Analyses of Artefacts from Tell Hammeh, Jordan and Tel Beth-Shemesh, Israel (Eleanor Blakelock, MSc 2007)
  • From chemical analyses to meaning: a study of materials and choices in Muisca metalwork from Pre-hispanic Colombia (Maria Alicia Uribe, MA 2007)
  • An investigation of fabrication technology and composition of copper and copper alloy beads from second millennium AD archaeological sites in Northern Zimbabwe (Thomas Thondhlana, MSc 2007)
  • An Investigation of the Iron-working remains from Caherlehillan, Co. Kerry, Ireland: an Early Medieval Ecclesiastical Site (Therese Kearns, MSc 2006)
  • An archaeometallurgical investigation of pastoralist iron production on the Laikipia Plateau, Kenya (Louise Iles, MSc 2006)
  • Neolithic Peterborough Wares: Characterisation, Manufacture and Technology of Vessels from West London (Louise Rayner, MSc 2006)
  • The making of modern chemistry: an archaeometric study of the laboratory remains from Solomon’s House in Oxford (Kai Maraun, BSc 2006)
  • Metal to Mould: an experimental study of casting moulds using ED-XRF (Therese Kearns, BSc 2005)

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