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Department of Archaeology



I obtained my BSc and MSc in Geology from the University of Athens and conducted my PhD in Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge (awarded January 2020). Having a strong geological background, I am specialised in studying stone tools and artefacts from the perspective of raw material exploitation and procurement. The provenance investigation of such archaeological finds allows us to identify exchange and trade networks and confirm interactions between societies and civilisations of the past.

During my PhD research, I examined Neolithic stone artefacts from several archaeological sites in Malta and confirmed that this community used local resources and imported chert/flint rocks from Sicily (Italy). Currently, I am engaged in two research projects as postdoctoral researcher focusing on Prehistoric communities in the Balkans. The aim of these projects is to investigate the type and origin of raw materials used for stone tool production.



  1. Archaeometry – Geoarchaeology
  2. Identify movement, exchange and trade networks during Prehistory
  3. Protection and restoration of archaeological sites and monuments
  4. Contribution of geological survey to the protection & enhancement of cultural heritage
  5. Petrology and Mineralogy
  6. Sedimentary Rocks


Key publications: 

Journal articles (Peer reviewed)


Chatzimpaloglou, P. 2020. A geoarchaeological methodology for sourcing chert artefacts in the Mediterranean region: A case study from Neolithic Skorba on Malta. Geoarchaeology, vol. 35 (6), pp. 1–24.

Chatzimpaloglou, P. French, C. Pedley, M. Stoddart, S. 2020. Connecting chert sources of Sicily with Neolithic chert artefacts of Malta. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, vol. 29.


Book chapters (Peer reviewed)


Chatzimpaloglou, P. Patrick, J.S. French, C. Ruffell, A. & Stoddart, S. 2020. The geology, soils and present-day environment of Gozo and Malta. ‘in’ Malone et al. (eds) Temple landscapes: Fragility, change and resilience of Holocene environments in the Maltese Islands. McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.


Chatzimpaloglou, P. 2020. Assessing lithic assemblages and sourcing chert artefacts. ‘in’ Malone et al. (eds) Temple places: Excavating cultural sustainability in prehistoric Malta. McDonald Institute Monographs.

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

2021 – 2022   Supervising undergraduate students, course Palaeolithic Archaeology (A22).  

2019 – 2022   Supervising undergraduate students, course World Archaeology (A1).

Other Professional Activities

Research Associate in Archaeology at Magdalene college, Cambridge

Job Titles

Laboratory Assistant

General Info

Available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Material Culture
Artefact Analysis & Technology
Environmental Archaeology, Geoarchaeology, and Landscape studies

Contact Details

Charles McBurney Laboratory
pc529 [at]


Person keywords: 
Geoarchaeology, Sourcing lithics, Prehistoric networks of mobility, exchange and trade, Neolithic socio-cultural changes
Science, Technology and Innovation
Environment, Landscapes and Settlement
Geographical areas: 
Periods of interest: 
Other Prehistory