Flora Schilt

Junior Researcher

Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behaviour (ICArEHB)
Faculdade de Ciências Humanas e Sociais
Universidade do Algarve
Campus de Gambelas
8005-139 Faro

(+351) 289 800 988
fcschilt@ualg.pt | fcschilt@gmail.com

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2144-3017

CIÊNCIA ID: 1E1A-801A-67B8

Research Interests

I am interested in prehistoric hunter gatherers, pyrotechnology, and archaeological contexts in tropical environments. As a geoarchaeologist I use micromorphology, stable isotope analysis, and cathodoluminescence microscopy amongst other techniques to reconstruct the formation of archaeological sites, to investigate paleoenvironments, and to study microscopic traces of human behavior in anthropogenic deposits.

Short Bio

I studied prehistoric archaeology in Amsterdam and in Leiden, the Netherlands, and started specializing in geoarchaeology during my masters at the University of Tübingen, Germany, where I graduated with a thesis on the micromorphology of an Upper Paleolithic cave site in Iran. During my PhD I focused on human-environment relations at prehistoric open-air sites in Austria and northern Malawi (funded by the German Research Foundation). Since September 2021, I am a Marie Curie research fellow at ICArEHB, investigating pyrotechnologies of MSA and LSA foragers, also in Malawi. Visit my website for more information.

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Key Publications

  • Thompson, J. C., Wright, D. K., Ivory, S. J. et al. (2021) ‘Early human impacts and ecosystem reorganization in southern-central Africa’, Science Advances, 7(9776), pp. 1–13. https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/19/eabf9776
  • Nightingale, S., Schilt, F., Thompson, J., Wright, D., Forman, S., Mercader, J., Moss, P., Clarke, S. Itambu, M., Gomani-Chindebvu, E., Welling, M. (2019). Late Middle Stone Age Behavior and Environments at Chaminade I (Karonga, Malawi). Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology 2-3:258-397. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41982-019-00035-3
  • Schilt, F., Verpoorte, A., Antl, W. (2017). Micromorphology of an Upper Paleolithic cultural layer at Grub-Kranawetberg, Austria. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 14:152-162. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.05.041
  • Wright, D., Thompson, J., Schilt, F., Cohen, A., Choi, J., Mercader, J., Nightingale, S., Miller, C., Mentzer, S., Walde, D., Welling, M., and Gomani-Chindebvu, E. (2017). Approaches to Middle Stone Age landscape archaeology in tropical Africa. Journal of Archaeological Science 77: 64-77. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2016.01.014


Current project: MicroAshPyrotechnologies of Middle and Later Stone Age foragers in central Africa: a micro-contextual approach. Funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 101032025. Supervisor: Dr. Vera Aldeias