Carolina Mallol

Associated researcher 

Instituto Universitario de Bioorgánica Antonio González
Avenida Astrofísico Francisco Sánchez, 2
38206 La Laguna

Research Interests

• Geoarchaeology
• Microstratigraphy
• Palaeolithic Archaeology
• Archaeological fire

Short Bio

Dr Mallol has a 2004 Ph.D. inAnthropology from Harvard University, a 1999 M.A. in Anthropology by Harvard University, and a 1996 B.A.+M.A. in Geography and History from Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain. She is currently (since 2014) a Ramón y Cajal researcher and Lecturer at Universidad de la Laguna, Spain. She was a 2009 – 2013 Juan de La Cierva Post-doc at Universidad de La Laguna, Spain, a 2006 - 2008 Marie Curie IEF Post-doc at CNRS-UMR 6636, France and a 2004 - 2005 ASPR Post-doc Harvard University. She has collaborated in numerous European and American projects as expert geoarchaeologist-micromorphologist, has been PI of 3 consecutive research projects funded by the Leakey Foundation, Co-PI of a MISTI Global Seeds Fund project (MIT), and is currently PI of an ERC-CoG- 2014 grant (PALEOCHAR) and co-PI of a Spanish Government research project (HAR2015-68321-P). She is a reviewer for Geooarchaeology, Journal of Archaeological Science, Quaternary International, Journal of Human Evolution, Antiquity, NERC and SSHRC.

Key Publications

• Mallol, C. and Goldberg, P. (2017). Caves and Rockshelter Sediments. In C. Nicosia and G. Stoops (eds.), Archaeological Soil and Sediment Micromorphology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, pp. 359-377.

• Mallol, C. and Mentzer, S.M. (2017). Contacts under the lens: Perspectives on the role of microstratigraphy in archaeological research. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 9(8): 1645-1669. Link

• Mallol, C., Mentzer, S.M. and Miller, C.E. (2017). Combustion Features. In C. Nicosia and G. Stoops (eds.), Archaeological Soil and Sediment Micromorphology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, pp. 299-326.

• Pérez, L., Sanchis, A., Hernández, C.M., Galván, B., Sala, R. and Mallol, C.(2017). Hearths and bones: An experimental study to explore temporality in archaeological contexts based on taphonomical changes in burnt bones. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports, 11: 287-309. Link

• Mallol, C. and Henry, A. (2017). Ethnoarchaeology of paleolithic fire: methodological considerations. Current Anthropology, 58(S16): 217-229. Link

• Égüez, N., Mallol, C., Martín-Socas, D. and Camalich, M.D. (2016). Radiometric dates and micromorphological evidence for synchronous domestic activity and sheep penning in a Neolithic cave: Cueva del Toro (Málaga, Antequera, Spain). Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 8(1): 107-123. Link

• Mallol, C. and Hernández, C. (2016). Advances in palimpsest dissection. Quaternary International, 417: 1-2. Link

• Vidal-Matutano, P., Hernández, C.M., Galván, B. and Mallol (2015). Neanderthal firewood management: evidence from Stratigraphic Unit IV of Abric del Pastor (Eastern Iberia). Quaternary Science Reviews, 111: 81-93. Link

• Machado, J., Mallol, C. and Hernández, C.M. (2015). Insights into Eurasian Middle Paleolithic Settlement Dynamics: The Palimpsest Problem . In N.J. Conard and A. Delagnes (eds.), Settlement Dynamics of the Middle Paleolithic and Middle Stone Age. Volume IV. Tübingen: Tübingen Publications in Prehistory, p. 361-382.

• Mallol, C. (2015). Aplicaciones en Geoarqueología. In J.C. Loaiza, G. Stoops, R.M. Poch and M. Casamitjana (eds.), El Manual de Micromorfología de suelos y técnicas complementarias. Institución Universitaria Pascual Bravo. pp. 321-352.

• Adler, D.S., Wilkinson, K.N., Blockley, S., Mark, D.F., Pinhasi, R., Schmidt-Magee, B.A., Nahapetyan, S., Mallol, C., Berna, F., Glauberman, P.J., Raczynski-Henk, Y., Wales, N., Frahm, E., Jöris, O., MacLeod, A., Smith, V.C., Cullen, V.L. and Gasparian, B. (2014). Early Levallois technology and the Lower to Middle Paleolithic transition in the Southern Caucasus. 345(6204): 1609-1613. Link

• Nigst, P.R., Haesaerts, P., Damblon, F., Frank-Fellner, C., Mallol, C., Viola, B., Götzinger, M., Niven, L., Trnka, G. and Hublin, J.-J. (2014). Early modern human settlement of Europe north of the Alps occurred 43,500 years ago in a cold steppe-type environment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(40): 14394-14399. Link

• Garralda, M.D., Galván, B., Hernández, C.M., Mallol, C., Gómez, J.A. and Maureille, B.  (2014).  Neanderthals from El Salt (Alcoy, Spain) in the context of the latest Middle Palaeolithic populations from the southeast of the Iberian Peninsula. Journal of Human Evolution, 75: 1-15. Link

• Galván, B., Hernández, C.M., Mallol, C., Merciers, N., Sistiaga, A. and Soler, V. (2014).  New evidence of early Neanderthal disappearance in the Iberian Peninsula. Journal of Human Evolution, 75: 16-27. Link

• Sistiaga, A., Mallol, C., Galván, B. and Summons, R.E. (2014). The Neanderthal meal: a new perspective using faecal biomarkers. PloS ONE, 9-6: e101045-e101045. Link


• Proyecto de intervención arqueológica puntual para el conocimiento de las primeras ocupaciones humanas en Europa a través del yacimiento de Barranco León, dentro de la zona arqueológica de la cuenca de Orce (Orce, Granada)  Juan M Jiménez Arenas. (Junta de Andalucía). 2017-2021. 300 €.• ERC-Consolidator-648871-PALEOCHAR  european research council.  (Universidad de La Laguna). 01/09/2015-31/08/2020. 1.600.000 €.

• Neandertales en la Montaña Alicantina. Un enfoque multianalítico, HAR2015-68321-P Bertila Galván.  (Proyecto  MINECO  Programa Estatal de Fomento de la Investigación Científica y Técnica de Excelencia). 2015-2018. 58,8 €.

• Aplicación de técnicas soft computing y modelado en 3D en tratamiento masivo de datos en Arqueología  Sacha Gómez Moñivas. (MINECO). 2015-2017. 28 €.

• Neandertal Fire Technology  Leakey Foundation.  Leakey Foundation Grant. 1. (Universidad de La Laguna). 01/06/2015-31/12/2016. 20.659,37 €. Coordinador.

• Paleoenvironmentary and Paleodietary Reconstruction of Early Hominin Sites  MISTI Global Seed Funds.  Roger Summons. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)). 01/01/2014-31/12/2016. 16.788 €.

• Proyecto de investigación micromorfológica en el yacimiento de la Cueva Pintada de Gáldar Cabildo de Gran Canaria.  Carolina Mallol Duque. (Museo y parque arqueológico Cueva Pintada). 01/09/2015-01/12/2016. 4.500 €.

• Paleoenvironmentary and Paleodietary Reconstruction of Early Hominin Sites  MISTI Global Seed Funds.   Roger Summons.  (Massachussetts Institute of Technology).  01/11/2014-12/12/2015. 16.526,42 €.