PositionsDouka K

William Golding Junior Research Fellow, Brasenose College

2013-2018 Postdoctoral Researcher in Archaeology and Radiocarbon Dating, ERC-funded “PalaeoChron Project”, Research Lab for Archaeology & the History of Art, School of Archaeology (Oxford)


DPhil Archaeological Science (Oxford); MSc Archaeological Science (Oxford)

Previous Positions

2011-2013 Postdoctoral Researcher, AHOB Project, Leverhulme Trust (Oxford)

2011-2014 Junior Research Fellow, Linacre College

Teaching Areas

I have taught topics such as human evolution and scientific dating at graduate and undergraduate level. Do not hesitate to contact me if you want to work with me.

Research Interests

I am an archaeological scientist interested in the development and application of analytical techniques to important archaeological questions. I focus on scientific dating, in particular the radiocarbon dating method.

My research investigates the timing and nature of major prehistoric population movements, mainly the dispersal of our species out of Africa and the ensuing interaction of various hunter-gatherer groups within Eurasia (Neanderthals, Homo sapiens, Denisovans) between 50-30 thousand years ago. This is a crucial period in late human evolution during which archaic human groups were replaced while our species gained global dominion.

I am also interested in the beginnings of plant and animal domestication and the spread of Neolithic farmers across the Old World about 10,000 years ago. Since my doctoral research I have also maintained an interest in understanding the origins of personal ornamentation and symbolism as attested by the prehistoric archaeological record.

Selected Publications

1. Higham, T.F.G., Douka, K., Wood, R., Bronk Ramsey, C., (…), Jacobi, R. 2014. The timing and spatio-temporal patterning of Neanderthal disappearance. Nature 512, 306–309.

2. Douka, K., Grün, R., Jacobs, Z., Lane, C., Farr, L., Hunt, C., Inglis, R.H., Reynolds, T., Albert, P., Aubert, M., Cullen, V., Hill, E., Kinsley, L., Roberts, R.G., Tomlinson, E.L., Wulf, S., Barker, G. 2014. The chronostratigraphy of the Haua Fteah cave (Cyrenaica, northeast Libya). Journal of Human Evolution 66, 39–63.

3. Douka, K., Higham, T.F.G., Wood, R., Boscato, P., Gambassini, P., Karkanas, P., Peresani, M., Ronchitelli, A. 2014. On the chronology of the Uluzzian. Journal of Human Evolution 68, 1-13.

4. Douka, K., Bergman, C.A., Hedges, R.E.M., Wesselingh, F.P., Higham, T.F.G. 2013. Chronology of Ksar Akil (Lebanon) and implications for the colonization of Europe by anatomically modern humans. PLoS ONE 8(9): e72931.

5. Douka, K. and Spinapolice, E. 2012. Neanderthal shell tool production: Evidence from Italy and Greece, Journal of World Prehistory, 25 (2): 45-79.

6. Douka, K., Perlès, C., Valladas, H., Vanhaeren, M., Hedges, R.E.M. 2011. Franchthi Cave revisited: the age of the Aurignacian in south-eastern Europe. Antiquity 85 (330): 1131–1150.

7. Benazzi, S., Douka, K., Fornai, C., Bauer, C.C., Kullmer, O., Svoboda, J., Pap, I., Mallegni, F., Bayle, P., Coquerelle, M., Condemi, S., Ronchitelli, A., Harvati, K. Weber, G.W. 2011. Early dispersal of modern humans in Europe and implications for Neanderthal behaviour. Nature 479 (7374): 525–528.

8. Zilhão, J., Angelucci, D.E., Badal-García, E., D'Errico, F., Douka, K., (...), Zapata, J. 2010. Symbolic use of marine shells and mineral pigments by Iberian Neandertals. PNAS 107 (3): 1023-1028.


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