Institute of Archaeology

Dr Manuel Arroyo-Kalin

Dr Manuel Arroyo-Kalin

Associate Professor

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2010

Research summary

Research Interests

South American Archaeology: Amazonia, Patagonia

Geoarchaeology, soil micromorphology

Anthropocene, Human Niche-Building, Historical Ecology, Landscape Modification, Anthropogenic soils, Ethnoarchaeology, Cultural Transmission

Research Networks

Domestication, Human Niche Construction and the Anthropocene

The Archaeology of Human Evolution

Current Projects

PARINÃ - Intercultural Archaeology Programme of the NW Amazon.  


Geoarchaeological projects:

Amazonian Dark Earths (Amazonia), ongoing comparative study.

Pre-Columbian Raised Fields (French Guiana), ongoing research, in collaboration with Stéphen Rostain (CNRS).

Open air sites (Orinoco basin, Venezuela), ongoing, part of Leverhulme-funded project led by José Oliver (UCL IoA).

Paleosols (Tierra del Fuego, Chile), part of FONDECYT-funded project led by Flavia Morello (Universidad de Magallanes).

Cave deposits (Pali Aike region, Chile), ongoing, in collaboration with Manuel San Román (Universidad de Magallanes), Charles French (Cambridge University), Rob Scaife University of Southampton).

Shell Middens (Magallanes, Chile), ongoing, in collaboration with Manuel San Román (Universidad de Magallanes) and Charles French (Cambridge University).

Kelabit Highlands (Sarawak), ongoing research, as part of a NRF-funded project led by Lindsay Lloyd-Smith (Sogang University).

Meleiha/Umm al-Ma (Qatar). Ongoing research as part of a QNRF(Qatar)-funded project led by José Carvajal López (UCL Qatar).

Neolithic Shahrizor Plain (Iraqi Kurdistan). Ongoing research as part of a project led by David Wengrow (UCL IoA).

Palaeolithic cave deposits (Istria, Croatia). Ongoing research in collaboration with Preston Miracle (Cambridge University).

Trypillia-culture Nebelivka site (Ukraine), in collaboration with an AHRC(UK)-funded project led by John Chapman (Durham University).

Teaching summary

  • Module Co-ordinator: ARCL0023 Geoarchaeology
  • Module Co-ordinator: ARCL0097 Geoarchaeology: Methods and Concepts
  • Module Co-ordinator (with Kevin MacDonald): ARCL0002 World Archaeology: the deep history of human societies  / ARCL0014 World Archaeology: an outline of the deep history of human societies (for BAA&A students only) / ARCL0003 World Archaeology: evolutionary origins to the earliest states
  • Module Co-ordinator (with Bill Sillar): ARCL0172 Comparative Archaeologies of the Americas I: First Peoples to emerging complexity
  • Module Co-ordinator (with Bill Sillar): ARCL0188 Comparative Archaeologies of the Americas II: Empires, States and Settlement
  • Degree Co-ordinator (with Dorian Fuller): MSc in Environmental Archaeology

Current Research Students:

  • Jonathan Cogdale How were the plaggen soils of North West Europe formed, how do they decay, and were they a material response to climate change, a response to social and cultural events, or a step on the technical advancement of agriculture? (secondary supervisor Ulrike Sommer)
  • 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)
  • Natalia Lozada Mendieta Ancient pots, potters and communities of practice in the Atures Rapids, Middle Orinoco River, Venezuela (principal supervisor Jose Oliver)

Completed Research Students:

  • Oliver Boles Lasting impressions: enduring signatures of pastoralist settlement sites ineastern Africa and their implications for archaeology (principal supervisor Andrew Reid, joint second supervisor with Mark Altaweel)
  • Gail Hammond Ancient Maya settlement and the Alacranes Bajo: landscape and communities in the Three Rivers Region (principal supervisor Elizabeth Graham)
  • Bruna Rocha Regional archaeology of the Upper Tapajos River (principal supervisor Jose Oliver)


Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow | 2017
University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2008
University of Cambridge
Other higher degree, Master of Philosophy | 1999


Licentiate, MPhil, PhD
Associate Professor in Geoarchaeology and Historical Ecology (2019- )
Lecturer in Geoarchaeology and Historical Ecology (2014-2019)
Deputy Chair of Departmental Research Committee
British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2011-14)
Section Editor (Environmental Archaeology), Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (Springer)

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)