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Dr Beatriz Marín-Aguilera

Dr Beatriz  Marín-Aguilera

Renfrew Fellow

Beatriz Marín-Aguilera is available for consultancy.

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3ER
Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223339293


I have a combined background of History (BA, MA, Universidad Complutense, Madrid) and Archaeology (MA, PhD, Universidad Complutense, Madrid) with a focus on the material culture of colonialism. I am currently a Renfrew Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, by virtue of which I am also Junior Research Fellow of Churchill College. I was previously a research associate for an ERC project - PROCON (2016-2018), and before coming to Cambridge I was a Project Officer at the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission (2015). During my doctoral studies, I was invited as visiting graduate student at Brown University (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology), the Spanish School for History and Archaeology in Rome, and Glasgow University (Department of Archaeology).

Twitter: @archaeotext

Departments and Institutes

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research:
Research Fellow

Research Interests

My work straddles and connects the fields of postcolonial theory, social anthropology, and material culture studies. Within these fields, my research focuses on the archaeology of colonialism and 'decoloniality', especially regarding otherness discourses, power relations, hybridity, and indigenous communities. More specifically, my research addresses how colonial borderlands affected bodies and how bodies affected borderlands by looking at clothing and body adornment, food consumption, funerary rituals, and architecture. I am particularly interested in three different regions: Chile, Ethiopia, and the western Mediterranean. I am co-PI for ongoing survey and excavation in the area of Valdivia, Chile, and I collaborate with two different international teams on the archaeology of the Ethiopia-Sudanese border and on Sardinia (S'Urachi).


I contribute to the following courses:

Archaeology (BA and MPhil): Archaeological Theory and Practice (ARC7); European Prehistory (ARC12, G04); Landscape (Arc07)

Classics (MPhil): Art and Archaeology of Power; Culture Contact & Culture Change

Centre for Latin American Studies (MPhil): Culture and Indigeneity in Latin America

History (MPhil): Spanish palaeography



  • Material Culture
  • Cognition and Culture
  • Urbanism
  • borderlands
  • Africa
  • The Mediterranean
  • The Body
  • State formation
  • Migration and Mobility
  • Archaeological Theory
  • Archaeology


  • Material Culture
  • Open Science
  • Archaeology

Key Publications

Journal articles (*=peer-reviewed):

*Marín-Aguilera, B., E. Rodríguez-González, S. Celestino & M. Gleba (2019). Dressing the sacrifice: textiles and sacrificial economy at Casas del Turuñuelo, Spain, in the fifth century BC. Antiquity.

*Marín-Aguilera, B. (2019). Weaving Rural Economies: Textile Production and Societal Complexity in Iron Age Southwestern Iberia. World Archaeology.

*Marín-Aguilera, B., F. Iacono & M. Gleba (2018). Colouring the Mediterranean: Production and Consumption of Purple-Dyed Textiles in Pre-Roman Times. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 31(2): 127-154.

*Marín-Aguilera, B. (2018). The semantics of material culture: Andalusia moored and unmoored. Cuadernos de Prehistoria y Arqueología de la Universidad de Granada 28: 93-114. Open Access:

*Marín-Aguilera, B. (2018). Inhabiting domestic space: Becoming different in the Early Iron Age western Mediterranean. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 31(1): 79-102.

*Marín-Aguilera, B. (2018). Distorted narratives: Morocco, Spain and the cultural heritage of a complicated relationship. Archaeologies. Open Access:

*Marín-Aguilera, B. (2016). (De)Orientalising Spain: the ‘Other’ from within. Arkeogazte 6: 75-89. Open Access:

*Marín-Aguilera, B. (2015). Borderlands in the making: deterritorialisation in south Iberia (9th-6th centuries BC). Complutum 26(1): 189-203. Open Access:

*Marín-Aguilera, B. (2012). Del colonialismo y otros demonios: fenicios en el sur peninsular entre los siglos IX y VII/VI a.C. [On colonialism and other demons. Phoenicians in the South of the Iberian Peninsula between the 9th and 7th/6th centuries B.C.] Complutum 23(2): 147-161. Open Access:


Books (*=peer-reviewed):

Marín-Aguilera, B. ed. (2018). Repensar el colonialismo. Iberia, de colonia a potencia colonial [Rethinking colonialism. Iberia, from colony to colonial power]. Madrid: JAS.

*Babbi, A.; Bubenheimer-Erhart, F.; Marín-Aguilera, B. and Mühl, S. eds. (2015). The Mediterranean mirror: cultural contacts in the Mediterranean sea between 1200 and 750 BC. Mainz: Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums.


Books chapters (*=peer-reviewed):

*Marín-Aguilera, B., L. Adán & S. Urbina. (Spring 2019). Challenging colonial discourses: the Spanish imperial borderland in Chile (16th-19th centuries). In D. Midgley, J. Mander and C. Beaule (eds.), Transnational perspectives on the Conquest and Colonization of Latin America. New York & London: Routledge.

* Marín-Aguilera, B. (2016). Food, identity and power entanglements in south Iberia between the 9th-6th centuries BC. In L. Campbell, A. Maldonado, E. Pierce, A. Russell (eds.), Creating material worlds: the uses of identity in Archaeology. Oxford: Oxbow Books, pp. 195-214.

*Babbi, A., F. Bubenheimer-Erhart, B. Marín-Aguilera & S. Mühl. (2015). The Mediterranean mirror. An introduction. In A. Babbi, F. Bubenheimer-Erhart, B. Marín-Aguilera y S. Mühl (eds.), The Mediterranean mirror: cultural contacts in the Mediterranean sea between 1200 and 750 BC. Mainz: Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums, pp. 1-20.


Forthcoming books:

*Marín-Aguilera, B. ed. (Spring 2019). Interweaving traditions: clothing and textiles in Bronze and Iron Ages Iberia. Saguntum Extra. Valencia.

*Gleba, M., B. Marín-Aguilera & B. Dimova. (Winter 2019). Making Cities: Economies of Production and Urbanisation in Mediterranean Europe, 1000-500 BCECambridge: McDonald Institute Monographs.

*Gleba, M., S. Harris, J. Cutler, B. Marín-Aguilera & B. Dimova. (Winter 2019). Dressing cities: Textile Economy in Mediterranean Europe, 1000-500 BCECambridge: McDonald Institute Monographs.