Africa - northern


In addition to Greg's archaeomalacological research in Atlantic Europe, Greg has an interest in the exploitation of echinoderms (sea urchins) in Egypt and North America. For a selection of Greg's publications, please refer to the publications page.


Katrin’s research focus is on molluscs as indicators for environmental change and human impact upon landscapes, as well as the use of molluscs for decorative purposes and as a food resource.  Katrin has conducted research in Morocco and also on Malta, and a selection of her publications can be found on the publications page.


After completing his MA in Egyptology and Archaeology of the Near East at Leiden University, Maarten is currently undertaking his PhD in Egyptology at the Freie Universität Berlin. His Masters topic revolved around examining the trade in, use and meaning of Red Sea shells (and other ornaments) in Badarian and Early Naqadian cemetery sites in the Badari region of Egypt. For his PhD he is looking at manufacturing techniques in the creations of shell beads from Nile River and Red Sea shells as well as other body ornaments ((in)organic beads, bracelets and combs). He has further interests in subsistence, gathering strategies, trade, use, meaning, symbolism, artefact production and taphonomy, as these issues relate to shell.


In addition to his work in Portugal and Italy, David has worked extensively in Algeria. This work has focused on Capsian escargotières (snail shell middens) through work in the Tebessa/Cheria region where he excavated two sites, Aïn Misteheyia and Kef Zoura D, in the Télidjène Basin. Along with his work in Italy and Portugal, David's major interests revolve around understanding the Mesolithic/Neolithic transition in the circum-Mediterranean area (in collaboration with Mary Jackes). This includes investigations into palaeoenvironments, bioarchaeology, palaeodemography, and prehistoric diet. For a selection of David's papers, please refer to the publications page.


Marcello has conducted research on the coast of central Tunisia (near Hergla) in addition to his work in Sicily and England. His focus is on Palaeolithic and Mesolithic sites, and his particular areas of interest include the biogeography and ecology of marine molluscs, coastal human palaeoecology, shellfish gathering strategies and exploitation, shell taphonomy and Italian prehistory. For a selection of Marcello's publications, please refer to the publications page.


Eduardo is based in the Canary Islands and focuses on the prehistory of that area. In particular, his research is centred upon the Berber population from North Africa who inhabited Canary Islands from the middle of the I millennium B.C. until the 15th century A.D. He has studied shell midden sites in Tenerife and La Gomera islands, as well as domestic and funerary contexts with malacological resources. He is a researcher within various projects including Poblamiento Prehistórico de la Plataforma Costera de Buenavista del Norte (Tenerife); Intervenciones Arqueológicas en los Concheros Prehistóricos de Tinajero y Punta Negra (Buenavista del Norte, Tenerife); and Estudio Superficial de los Concheros Prehistóricos de la Isla de La Gomera.

Within archaeomalacology, his interests involved aboriginal Canarian shellfish gathering from an socio-economic and logistical point of view. He is also interested in taphonomic processes that affect the conservation of malacological resources in archaeological contexts and the use of shells as artefacts. He is working on an analytical programme looking at oxygen isotope (O18/O16) data for archaeological shells of Patella tenuis crenata and Patella ulyssiponensis aspera to establish possible seasonal relations in the gathering of both species. For a selection of Eduardo's publications, please refer to the publications page.


Victoria is a doctoral candidate investigating questions of subsistence, gathering strategies, taphonomy, artefact production and trade as represented in Grotte des Pigeons, Taforalt, Morocco.


In addition to Teresa’s extensive work in South Africa, she has also worked on shell midden material from Morocco.  Covering a large sweep of time and associated cultures, she has studied Mousterian, Aterian, and Iberomaurusian shell material.  For a selection of Teresa’s publications, please refer to the publications page.