CV & Publications

CV

Education

2006–2011

D.Phil. in Archaeological Science (University of Oxford, U.K.)
Thesis title: Investigating the Chronology of the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic Transition in Mediterranean Europe by Improved Radiocarbon Dating of Shell Ornaments
Supervisor: Prof. R.E.M. Hedges

2005–2006

M.Sc. in Archaeological Science (University of Oxford, U.K.)
Dissertation title: Seasonality of Neanderthal Occupation at Vanguard Cave, Gibraltar

1999-2004  

B.Sc. in Archaeological Conservation
Technological University of Athens, Greece

 

Current Positions

2017-2022

Principal Investigator / Group Leader
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Department of Archaeology, Jena, Germany.
“FINDER” (Fossil Fingerprinting and Identification of new Denisovan remains in Pleistocene Asia) project. European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant.

2017-2018

Visiting Academic
RLAHA, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford, U.K.

2014-2018  

William Golding Junior Research Fellow
Brasenose College, University of Oxford, U.K.

 

Previous Positions

2011- 2017

Postdoctoral Researcher
“PalaeoChron” (Precision Dating of the Palaeolithic of Eurasia). European Research Council Advanced Grant (PI: Tom Higham), ERC-2012-AdG–324139. RLAHA, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford, U.K.

2016      Maternity leave (12-month career break)

2011-2014

Junior Research Fellow & “Fellows’ Fellow”
Linacre College, University of Oxford, U.K.

 2011-2013

Postdoctoral Researcher
“AHOB3” (Ancient Human Occupation of Britain 3) project
Leverhulme Trust, RLAHA, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford, U.K.

2005      Museum conservator. National Archaeological Museum, Madrid, Spain.
2004      Field archaeological conservator. Kephalonia, Ministry of Culture, Greece

 

Teaching / supervision

2016-2019    PhD supervisor : Lorena Becerra Valdivia (University of Oxford)

2014-2015    Master co-supervisor : Lorena Becerra Valdivia

2011-2014    Linacre College graduate student advisor (12 students)

2009-2012    Undergraduate tutor, University of Oxford.
Modules taught: Science-based Archaeology, Dating methods.

2008-2009    Part-time tutor for the Oxford Programme for Undergraduate Studies
Module taught: Palaeolithic Archaeology and Modern Human Origins.

 

Grants, Awards, Scholarships

  • 2017-2022  European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant “FINDER”. €1,999,200
  • 2014-2015  Evans Fund Award, Cambridge University, U.K. £2,500
  • 2014-2015  Postdoctoral membership, Jesus College, University of Oxford, U.K. (declined)
  • 2013  15th Tübingen Prize on Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology. Award €5,000
  • 2012-2013  British School at Athens, Early Career Fellowship. Residential fellowship.
  • 2012  John Fell Fund, University of Oxford. £7,200
  • 2009  NRCF (NERC-AHRC) grant for 29 radiocarbon dates (with Snape et al.). £10,000
  • 2008-2010  A.G. Leventis Foundation, postgraduate scholarship. £10,000
  • 2008  NRCF (NERC-AHRC) grant for 55 radiocarbon dates (with Hedges). £18,900
  • 2005-2008  Greek Scholarships Foundation (IKY) – Examination-awarded Master & PhD studentship. £40,000
  • 2006-2008    Edward Hall Memorial scholarship. £3,000
  • 2006-2009    Keble College Association Travel grants. £3,000
  • 2005  Leonardo Da Vinci Intra-European Mobility Fellowship, European Union
  • 2003-2004    St. Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai, Egypt. 3-month residential fellowship.

 

Organization of scientific meetings

Wenner-Gren Foundation Major Symposium “Human Colonization of Asia in the Late Pleistocene“, 18-24 March 2016, Sintra, Portugal. Co-Organizer, with Profs M. Petraglia and C. Bae.

15th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EurASEAA). 6 -10 July 2015. Université Paris Ouest, Paris, France. Session organizer.

XVII Congress of the International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences (UISPP). 1-7 September 2014. Burgos, Spain. Session organizer.

Member of the Scientific Committee of the 21st International Radiocarbon Conference, 9-13 July 2012. Paris, France. Session organizer.

“Time for the Palaeolithic”, 14-16 April 2011. University of Oxford, U.K. Co-Organizer.

 

Service to the community

  • Peer reviewer for Nature, Science, PNAS, Antiquity, Journal of Human Evolution, Quaternary International, Geology, Quaternary Science Reviews, Radiocarbon, etc.
  • Assistant editor for PNAS.
  • Media and public outreach (British Council, Natural Environment Research Council, Knowledge is GREAT, BBC World News, British Archaeology, Current Archaeology)

 

PUBLICATIONS

Complete peer-reviewed publications: 50 | h-index: 20 | citations: >2200​​​​​

Journal Articles & Book Chapters

2017

  • Bae, C.J., Douka, K., Petraglia, M.D. 2017. On the origin of modern humans: Asian Perspectives. Science 358, 1269. link
  • Douka, K., Higham, T. 2017. The chronological factor in understanding the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic of xplourasia. Current Anthropology 58(S17): S480-S490. link
  • Bae, C.J., Douka, K., Petraglia, M.D. 2017 (Eds) Human colonization of Asia in the Late Pleistocene. Current Anthropology 58 (S17) Full issue. link
  • Bae, C.J., Douka, K., Petraglia, M.D. 2017. Human colonization of Asia in the Late Pleistocene: an introduction to supplement 17. Current Anthropology 58 (S17), S373-S382. link
  • Douka, K. Radiocarbon dating of marine and terrestrial shell, in Allen, M.J. (ed) Molluscs in Archaeology: methods, approaches and applications. Studying Scientific Archaeology 3. Oxbow Books, pp. 381-389.
  • Douka, K., Efstratiou, N., Hald, M., Henriksen, P., & Karetsou, A. 2017. Dating Knossos and the arrival of the earliest Neolithic in the southern Aegean. Antiquity 91(356): 304-321. link & pdf
  • Douka, K., Slon, V., Stringer, C., Potts, R., Hübner, A., Meyer, M., Spoor, F., Pääbo, S. & Higham, T. 2017. Direct radiocarbon dating and DNA analysis of the Darra-i-Kur (Afghanistan) human temporal bone. Journal of Human Evolution 107: 86-93. link & pdf
  • Becerra-Valdivia, L., Douka, K., Comeskey, D., Bazgir, B., Conard, N. J., Marean, C. W., Ollé, A., Otte, M., Tumung, L., Zeidi, M. & Higham, T.F.G. 2017. Chronometric investigations of the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition in the Zagros Mountains using AMS radiocarbon dating and Bayesian age modelling. Journal of Human Evolution 109: 57–69. link
  • Bazgir, B., Ollé, A., Tumung, L., Becerra-Valdivia, L., Douka, K., Higham, T., van der Made, J., Picin, A., Saladié, P., López-Garcí­a, J.M., Blain, H.-Al., Allué, E., Fernández-Garcí­a, M., Rey-Rodríguez, I., Arceredillo, D., Bahrololoumi, F., Azimi, M., Otte, M. & Carbonell, E. 2017. Understanding the emergence of modern humans and the disappearance of Neanderthals: Insights from Kaldar Cave (Khorramabad Valley, Western Iran). Scientific Reports 7: 43460. link & pdf
  • Proctor, C., Douka, K., Proctor, J.W., Higham, T. 2017. The Age and Context of the KC4 Maxilla, Kent’s Cavern, UK. European Journal of Archaeology 20(1): 74–97. link & pdf

2016

  • Brown, S., Higham, T., Slon, V., Pääbo, S., Meyer, M., Douka, K., Brock, F., Comeskey, D., Procopio, N., Shunkov, M., Derevianko, A., Buckley, M. 2016. Identification of a new hominin bone from Denisova Cave, Siberia using collagen fingerprinting and mitochondrial DNA analysis. Scientific Reports 6: 23559. link & pdf
  • Álvarez-Fernández, E. Álvarez-Alonso, D., Bécares, J., Carral, P., Carriol, R.P. Chauvin, A., Cubas, M., Cueto, M., Domingo, R., Douka, K., Elorza, M., Jordá-Pardo, J.F., Murelaga, X., Portero, R., Rivero, O., Tapia, J., Tarriño, A., Teira, L.C. 2016. Nouvelles données sur le Magdalénien inférieur de la Région Cantabrique: le Niveau F de la grotte de El Cierro (Ribadesella, Asturies, Espagne). L’Anthropologie 120 (5): 537-567. link
  • Willmes, M., Grün, R., Douka, K., Michel, V., Armstrong, R.A., Benson, A., Crégut-Bonnoure, E., Desclaux, E., Fang Fang, Kinsley, L., Saos, T., Defleur. A.R. 2016. A comprehensive chronology of the Neanderthal site Moula-Guercy, Ardèche, France. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 9: 309–319. link
  • Crowther, A., Lucas, L., Helm, R., Horton, M., Shipton, C., Wright, H. T., Walshaw, S., Pawlowicz, M., Radimilahy, C., Douka, K., Picornell-Gelabert, L., Fuller, D. Q (傅稻镰), Boivin, N.L. 2016. Ancient Crops Provide First Archaeological Signature of the Westward Austronesian Expansion. PNAS USA  113 (24): 6635–6640. link
  • Crowther, A., Faulkner, P., Prendergast, M.E., Quintana Morales, E.M., Horton, M., Wilmsen, E., Kotarba-Morley, A.M., Christie, A., Petek, N., Tibesasa, R., Douka, K., Picornell-Gelabert, L., Carah, X., Boivin, N. 2016. Coastal subsistence, maritime trade, and the colonization of small offshore islands in Eastern African prehistory. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 11(2):211–237. link
  • Macario, K.D., Alves, E.Q., Chanca, I.S., Oliveira, F.M., Carvalho, C., Souza, R., Aguilera, O., Tenório, M.E., Rapagnã, L.C., Douka, K., Silva, E. 2016. The Usiminas shellmound on the Cabo Frio Island: Marine reservoir effect in an upwelling region on the coast of Brazil. Quaternary Geochronology 35: 36–42. link
  • Soubrier, J., Gower, G., Chen, K., Richards, S.M., …, Douka, K., … Shapiro, B., Cooper, A. 2016. Early cave art and ancient DNA record the origin of European bison. Nature Communications 7: 13158. link
  • Shipton C, Crowther A, Prendergast ME, Kourampas N, Horton M, Douka K., Schwenninger, J-L, Faulkner, P., Quintana Morales, E.M., Langley, M.C., Tibesasa, R., Picornell-Gelabert, L., Wilmsen, E.N., Doherty, C., Veall, M., Ali, A. K., Petraglia. M. D., Boivin, N. 2016. Reinvestigation of Kuumbi Cave, Zanzibar, reveals Later Stone Age coastal habitation, early Holocene abandonment, and Iron Age reoccupation. Azania51(2), 197-233. link
  • Palkopoulou, E., Baca, M., Abramson, N. I., Sablin, M., Socha, P., Nadachowski, A., Prost, S., Germonpré, M., Kosintsev, P., Smirnov, N. G., Vartanyan, S., Ponomarev, D., Nyström, J., Nikolskiy, P., Jass, C. N., Litvinov, Y. N., Kalthoff, D. C., Grigoriev, S., Fadeeva, T., Douka, A., Higham, T. F.G., Ersmark, E., Pitulko, V., Pavlova, E., Stewart, J. R., Węgleński, P., Stankovic, A., Dalén, L. 2016. Synchronous genetic turnovers across Western Eurasia in Late Pleistocene collared lemmings. Global Change Biology 22 (5), 1710–1721. link

2015

  • Douka, K., Higham, T.F.G, Bergman, C.A. 2015. Statistical and archaeological errors invalidate the proposed chronology for the site of Ksar Akil. PNAS USA 112 (51): E7034. link & pdf
  • Higham, C.F.W., Douka, K., Higham, T.F.G. 2015. A New Chronology for the Bronze Age of Northeastern Thailand and Its Implications for Southeast Asian Prehistory. PLoS ONE 10(9): e0137542. link & pdf
  • Villa, P., Pollarolo, L., Degano, I., Birolo, L., Pasero, M., Biagioni, C., Douka, K., Vinciguerra, R., Lucejko, J.J., Wadley, L. 2015. A Milk and Ochre Paint Mixture Used 49,000 Years Ago at Sibudu, South Africa. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0131273. link & pdf
  • Kourampas, N., Shipton, C., Mills, W., Tibesasa, R., Horton, H., Horton, M., Prendergast, M., Crowther, A., Douka, K., Faulkner, P., Picornell, L., Boivin, N. 2015. Late Quaternary speleogenesis and landscape evolution in a tropical carbonate island: Pango la Kuumbi (Kuumbi Cave), Zanzibar. International Journal of  Speleology 44: 293-314. link
  • Gavrilov, K.N., Voskresenskaya E.V., Maschenko, E.N., Douka, K. 2015. East Gravettian Khotylevo 2 site: Stratigraphy, archeozoology, and spatial organization of the cultural layer at the newly explored area of the site. Quaternary International 359–360: 335–346. link & pdf
  • Macario, K.D., Souza, R.C.C.L., Aguilera, O.A., Carvalho, C., Oliveira, F.M., Alves, E.Q., Chanca, I.S., Silva, E.P., Douka, K., Decco, J., Trindade, D.C., Marques, A.N., Anjos, R.M., Pamplona, F.C. 2015. Marine reservoir effect on the Southeastern coast of Brazil: results from the Tarioba shellmound paired samples. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 143: 14-19. link

2014

  • 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. link & pdf
  • Fu Q., Li H., Moorjani P., Jay F., Slepchenko S.M., Bondarev A.A., (…), Douka, K., Higham T.F.G., Slatkin M., Hublin J.J., Reich D., Kelso J., Viola T.B., Pääbo S. 2014. Genome sequence of a 45,000-year-old modern human from western Siberia. Nature 514: 445-450. link
  • Higham, T.F.G., Douka, K., Wood, R., Bronk Ramsey, C., Brock, F., (…), Pinhasi, R., Jacobi, R. 2014. The timing and spatio-temporal patterning of Neanderthal disappearance. Nature 512: 306–309. link & pdf
  • 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. link & pdf
  • Higham C.F., Higham, T.F.G., Douka, K. 2014. The Chronology and status of Non Nok Tha, Northeast Thailand. Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology 34: 61–75. link & pdf
  • Ronchitelli, A., Benazzi, S., Boscato, P., Douka, K., Moroni, A. 2014. Comments on “Human-climate interaction during the Early Upper Paleolithic: Testing the hypothesis of an adaptive shift between the Proto-Aurignacian and the Early Aurignacian” by William E. Banks, Francesco d’Errico, João Zilhão. Journal of Human Evolution 73: 107-111. link & pdf

2013

  • Douka, K. 2013. Exploring “the great wilderness of prehistory”: The chronology of the Middle to the Upper Palaeolithic transition in the northern Levant. Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Urgeschichte 22: 11–40. link & pdf
  • 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. link & pdf

2012

  • Douka, K., Spinapolice, E. 2012. Neanderthal shell tool production: Evidence from Italy and Greece. Journal of World Prehistory 25 (2): 45-79. link & pdf
  • Douka, K., Grimaldi, S., Boschian, G., del Lucchese, A., Higham, T.F.G. 2012. A new chronostratigraphic framework for the Upper Palaeolithic of Riparo Mochi (Italy). Journal of Human Evolution 62 (2): 286–299. link & pdf
  • Douka, K. and Higham T.F.G. 2012. Marine resource exploitation and the seasonal factor of Neanderthal occupation: evidence from Gibraltar, in Barton, R.N.E., Finlayson, C. & Stringer, C.B. (eds) Gibraltar Neanderthals in Context. A report of the 1995-98 excavations at Gorham’s & Vanguard Caves, Gibraltar. Oxford University Committee for Archaeology, pp. 266–276. pdf
  • Higham, T.F.G., Bronk Ramsey, C., Cheney H., Brock, F, & Douka K. 2012. Radiocarbon chronology, in Barton, R.N.E., Finlayson, C. & Stringer, C.B. (eds) Gibraltar Neanderthals in Context. A report of the 1995-98 excavations at Gorham’s & Vanguard Caves, Gibraltar. Oxford University Committee for Archaeology, pp. 62–76.
  • Wood, R.E., Douka, K., Boscato, P., Haesaerts, P., Sinitsyn, A., Higham, T.F.G. 2012. Testing the ABOx-SC method: dating known age charcoals associated with the Campanian Ignimbrite. Quaternary Geochronology9: 16–26. link & pdf
  • 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. link & pdf

2011

  • Douka, K. 2011. An Upper Palaeolithic shell scraper from Ksar Akil (Lebanon). Journal of Archaeological Science 38 (2): 429-437. link & pdf
  • 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. link & pdf
  • Douka, K. 2011. The contribution of archaeometry to the study of prehistoric marine shells, in Ifantides F. and Nikolaidou M. (eds) Spondylus in Prehistory: New Data and Approaches – Contributions to the Archaeology of Shell Technologies. British Archaeological Reports (BAR International Series) 2216, pp.171-180. pdf
  • Higham, C., Higham, T., Ciarla, R., Douka, K., Kijngam, A., Rispoli, F. 2011. The origins of the Bronze Age of Southeast Asia. Journal of World Prehistory 24 (4): 227-274. link & pdf
  • Ramos Fernández, J., Douka, K., Pike, A.W.G, Thomas, L., Van Calsteren, P., Zilhão, J. 2011-2012. Dating of the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition at the Abrigo 3 del Humo (Málaga, Spain). Revista Mainake  XXXIII: 275-284.

2010

  • Douka, K., Hedges, R.E.M., Higham, T.F.G. 2010. Improved AMS 14C dating of shell carbonates using high-precision X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and a novel density separation protocol (CarDS). Radiocarbon 52 (2): 735-751. pdf
  • Douka, K., Sinitsyn A., Higham T. 2010. The influence of pretreatment chemistry on the radiocarbon dating of Campanian Ignimbrite-aged charcoal from Kostenki 14 (Russia). Quaternary Research 73: 583-587. link & pdf
  • 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 USA 107 (3):1023-1028. link
  • Russo, C.M., Tripp, J.A., Douka, K., Higham, T.F.G. 2010. A new pretreatment method for molluscan shell using density fractionation of carbonates in Bromoform. Radiocarbon 52 (3): 1301–1311.
  • Barker, G.,Antoniadou, A., Armitage, S., Brooks, I., Candy, I., Connell, K., Douka, K., (…) 2010. The Cyrenaican Prehistory Project 2010: the fourth season of investigations of the Haua Fteah cave and its landscape, and further results from the 2007-2009 fieldwork. Journal of Libyan Studies 41: 63-88.
  • Douka, K., Higham, T.F.G., Hedges R.E.M. 2010. Radiocarbon dating of shell carbonates: old problems and new solutions. Munibe.Suplemento 31: 18-27. pdf

2009

  • Higham, T., Brock, F., Peresani, M., Broglio, A., Wood, R., Douka, K. 2009. Problems with radiocarbon dating the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition in Italy. Quaternary Science Reviews 28 (13-14): 1257-1267. link & pdf

 

Non Peer-reviewed Articles

  • Higham, T.F.G., Stringer, C.B., Douka, K. 2012. Dating Europe’s oldest modern humans. British Archaeology 122, 24-29. pdf
  • Douka, K., Higham T.F.G. 2006. Assessing the seasonal factor of Neanderthal occupation through shell growth ring analysis: evidence from Gibraltar. The Archaeo+Malacology Group Newsletter 10.