Manuel Arroyo-Kalin
  • m.arroyo-kalin@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 7523
  • Internal: 27523
  • Room 401
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Office hours: 11-13 Fridays (term 1)

Manuel Arroyo-Kalin

 Research Interests

  • South American Archaeology: Amazonia, Patagonia
  • Geoarchaeology, soil micromorphology
  • Human Niche-Building, Historical Ecology, Landscape Modification, Anthropogenic soils
  • Ethnoarchaeology, Cultural Transmission

Research Directory Records

Current projects

  • The Archaeology of the Napo River. British Academy-funded research project, in collaboration with Fernanda Ugalde (Pontifical Catholic University, Ecuador) and Santiago Rivas Panduro (Peruvian Culture Ministry, Loreto Division, Peru).  
  • 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).

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

  • 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)

Recently Completed 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)
  • 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

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