Katerina Douka, Dr

Researcher in Archaeology and Chronology

Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, University of Oxford

William Golding Junior Research Fellow, Brasenose College, University of Oxford 

I am an archaeological scientist interested in the development and application of analytical techniques, radiocarbon dating in particular, to archaeological and palaeoenvironmental investigations. I currently work at the Research Lab for Archaeology and the History of Art (Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unitat the University of Oxford. I am also the William Golding Junior Research Fellow at Brasenose College.

My research investigates the timing and nature of major prehistoric population movements over the past 50,000 years, and it is based on an integrative approach, combining archaeological, analytical and statistical skills with field observations and laboratory-based protocols.

Some of my current research interests include:

  • the timing of Homo sapiens expansion across Eurasia and the interaction between modern and archaic human groups (Neanderthals, Denisovans, Homo sapiens)

  • the origins of personal ornamentation and symbolism (marine shell and ostrich eggshell beads) during the Palaeolithic

  • the onset of plant and animal domestication and the spread of Neolithic farmers around the Old World in the early Holocene.