María Pastor Quiles

Postdoctoral researcher (R2), Research Department.
Member, Research team: Protohistoric Archaeology.
Fields of expertise: Domestic Architecture, Protohistory, Archaeology of Architecture.
ORCID code: 0000-0001-6112-6422
Brief CV

Graduated in History (2014) from the University of Alicante (UA), with an extraordinary award and national end-of-degree award and Master in Archaeology (2015). She has worked as a predoctoral researcher in the Department of Prehistory, Archaeology, Ancient History, Greek Philology and Latin Philology of this university, with a FPU contract from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, being part of the research group VIGROB-098 “Prehistory and Protohistory”. She has developed teaching collaborations in Bachelor and Master studies (UA, 2015-2020) and participated in research networks in university teaching. In 2019 she obtained a Doctorate with international mention with the thesis “Earth construction in the Late Prehistory of the southern Levant of the Iberian Peninsula: materials, techniques and building processes”, directed by Dr. F. Javier Jover (UA).

She has developed various communications at conferences and courses, as well as publications in books and scientific journals. She is the author of La construcción con tierra en arqueología: teoría, método, técnicas y aplicación (2017, UA Publications) and co-author of On cob balls, adobe and daubed straw plaits: A glossary on traditional earth building techniques (walls) in four languages ​​(2019, Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt), developed in collaboration with researchers from different countries.

She has carried out research stays at the Department of Archaeology at the University of Reading (2016) and the University of Southampton (2017, 2018), in the United Kingdom, as well as at the Saxony-Anhalt Office for Heritage Conservation and Archaeology from Halle, Germany (2017). She has also been Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge (2021).

She has extensive experience in archaeological excavations from different prehistoric chronologies, as well as from the Roman period. In recent years, she has participated in the teams of Cova dels Calderons (La Romana, Alicante), Caramoro I (Elche, Alicante) and Laderas del Castillo (Callosa de Segura, Alicante), as well as in Gorgociles del Escabezado and Cerro del Cerro del Tío Pimentón (Jumilla, Murcia), collaborating in the project “Espacios sociales y espacios de frontera durante el Calcolítico y la Edad del Bronce en el Levante de la península ibérica” (HAR2016-76586-P). She collaborates also with the team from the protohistoric city of Peña Negra (Crevillente, Alicante), within the project “Fenicios e indígenas en el sureste de la península ibérica: Bronce final y Hierro antiguo entre el Vinalopó y el Segura” (HAR2017-87495 -P) and has participated in international archaeological research projects in the Roman Villa of Rufio (Giano dell’Umbria, Italy) and in the study of the Early Empire Wreck Mariposa E in Alguero (Sardinia, Italy) (ACIE17-10), as well as in the project “Alfares y relaciones comerciales en época altoimperial. Análisis de la producción anfórica del litoral central de Hispania Tarraconense (Arcea)” (GRE16-03).

Her main line of research is focused on the archaeological study of materials and construction techniques, with a multidisciplinary methodology based on macroscopic analysis, complemented with microscopic analyses and ethnoarchaeological and experimental approaches. In this field, she has evaluated scientific papers for journals such as InterSecciones en Antropología (Argentina) and Gremium (Mexico). She has also given talks, mainly in collaboration with the initiative “11 de febrero. Día Internacional de la Mujer y la Niña en la Ciencia” (2018, 2019) and #100tífiques (2021) and participated in the European Night of Research (UA, 2019). In addition, she has developed other lines of research related to the study of the perception of gender inequality during Prehistory and Antiquity in History students, as well as on the androcentrism and sexism in the visual representations of Prehistory.

She has been a junior collaborating researcher at INAPH and teaches at the Master’s Degree in Historia del Mundo Mediterráneo y sus regiones: De la Prehistoria a la Edad Media and the Máster Universitario en Arqueología Profesional y Gestión Integral del Patrimonio (UA), being accredited for the category of Profesor contratado doctor (2020) of ANECA.

She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at ICAC with a Juan de la Cierva- formación contract from the Ministry of Science and Innovation (2020-2022), in the research team “Protohistoric Archaeology”, collaborating in the project “Estudio transdisciplinar y experimental de estructuras de combustión en el Mediterráneo occidental durante la protohistoria (1er milenio a.C.)” (PID2019-104661GB-I00 / AEI), led by Dr. Maria Carme Belarte.