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Department of Archaeology

 

Biography

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).

Research

  • Material Culture
  • Colonialism
  • Frontiers

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 presently involved in the following research projects in Chile, Ethiopia, and Sardinia:

  • 2016-present: Transformaciones e interacción en la Plaza Presidio de Valdivia durante el siglo XVIII: asentamientos, redes y circulación de materialidad (PI: Leonor Adán, Fondecyt 1171735)
  • 2018-present: La ciudad de Osorno en el período Colonial: arqueología y etnohistoria de un asentamiento fronterizo meridional (siglos XVI-XIX) (PI: Simón Urbina, Fondecyt 11180981)
  • 2016-present: Material Culture, Colonialism and Gender in Ethiopia. An Ethnoarchaeological Approach (PI: Almudena Hernando)
  • 2016-present: S’Urachi project (PI: Peter van Dommelen)

Publications

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 93(370): 933-953. Open Access: https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2019.42

* Marín-Aguilera, B. (2019). Weaving Rural Economies: Textile Production and Societal Complexity in Iron Age Southwestern Iberia. World Archaeology. Open Access: https://doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2019.1627064

* 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: http://revistaseug.ugr.es/index.php/cpag/article/view/8476/7243

* 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, 14(3): 472–500.Open Access: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11759-018-9341-2

* Marín-Aguilera, B. (2016). (De)Orientalising Spain: the ‘Other’ from within. Arkeogazte 6: 75-89. Open Access: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/264189

* Marín-Aguilera, B. (2015). Borderlands in the making: deterritorialisation in south Iberia (9th-6th centuries BC). Complutum 26(1): 189-203. Open Access: https://revistas.ucm.es/index.php/CMPL/article/viewFile/49347/45972.

* 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: http://revistas.ucm.es/index.php/CMPL/article/view/40881

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. (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, pp. 85-98. 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. (Winter 2020). Interweaving traditions: clothing and textiles in Bronze and Iron Ages Iberia. Saguntum Extra. Valencia.

*Gleba, M., B. Marín-Aguilera & B. Dimova. (Spring 2020). Making Cities: Economies of Production and Urbanisation in Mediterranean Europe, 1000-500 BCE. Cambridge: McDonald Institute Monographs.

*Gleba, M., S. Harris, J. Cutler, B. Marín-Aguilera & B. Dimova. (Autumn 2020). Dressing cities: Textile Economy in Mediterranean Europe, 1000-500 BCE. Cambridge: McDonald Institute Monographs.

Teaching and Supervisions

Teaching: 

 

I contribute to the following BA and MPhil courses:

  • Archaeology: A61 Archaeology of Colonialism; A12 Landscape
  • Centre for Latin American Studies (MPhil): Culture and Indigeneity in Latin America
  • History (MPhil): Spanish palaeography

 

Research supervision: 

 

Shahid Wahab (MPhil in Latin American Studies): ‘Wingka Poetics of Identity: Cross-cultural appropriations and Renegotiations of Mapuche Culture in Creative Media in Chile’

 

Other Professional Activities

  • Member of the Society for American Archaeology
  • Member of the European Association of Archaeologists

Job Titles

Renfrew Fellow, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Research Associate, St. John's College

General Info

Available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Material Culture
Socio-Politics of the Past
Built Environment
Archaeological Theory
Cultural Heritage

Contact Details

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
University of Cambridge
Downing Street
Cambridge
CB2 3ER
01223 (3)39293

Affiliations

Person keywords: 
Historical Archaeology
Material Culture
Archaeological Theory
Frontiers and Borderlands
Migration and Mobility
Subjects: 
Archaeology
Themes: 
Material Culture
Heritage
Geographical areas: 
Africa
Americas
Mediterranean
Periods of interest: 
Classical - Roman
Iron Age
Medieval
Post-Medieval