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

Journal Articles & Book Chapters


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.