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Department of Archaeology



My academic background includes degrees in history, archaeology and archaeological science. Their combination is a recurrent thread in my work. 


Much of my research has focused on the analysis of material culture and the reverse engineering of archaeological technologies, as a starting point to understand the evolution and movement of knowledge, people and things. Working with a large number international research students and postdoctoral fellows has massively broadened my horizons. I am very fond of collaborative and exploratory research, and greatly enjoy teaching. 


I joined the Department of Archaeology in Cambridge in 2018, after over decade at UCL. I am very excited about the new challenges, synergies and opportunities that this will bring.


My research interests centre around material culture and technologies, the context of innovations, and knowledge transmission. I approach these subjects through a combination of analytical studies of archaeological materials, experiments, and historical sources. Much of my work has focused on archaeometallurgy in Europe, Africa, America and Asia, from prehistory to the recent past, and including scientific analyses of the manufacture and trade of gold, silver, copper, bronze, brass and iron, often studying production remains. I have additionally worked with ceramics, pigments, glass and amber, among other interesting materials. To different extents, my laboratory work has included optical microscopy, OM, SEM-EDS, EPMA, FTIR, XRD, (LA)-ICP-MS, (p)XRF, and Raman. I am also involved in collaborations that variously engage geometric morphometrics, multispectral imaging and statistics.



  • Material culture and technology
  • Knowledge transmission
  • Inventions and innovations
  • Archaeometallurgy
  • Archaeology of alchemy and chemistry
  • History and philosophy of science

 I am presently involved in the following research projects:


Key Publications

Key publications: 

For a list of publications please see ORCID profile ( You may be able to download some of these from page


Journal articles


  • Blakelock, E., Martinón-Torres, M. and Scull, C., 2022. Early Medieval Copper-Alloy Metalworking at Rendlesham, Suffolk, England Medieval Archaeology, v. 66 10.1080/00766097.2022.2129684
  • Veronesi, U. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2022. The Old Ashmolean Museum and Oxford's Seventeenth-Century Chymical Community: A Material Culture Approach To Laboratory Experiments. Ambix, v. 69
  • Plaza Calonge, MT., Figueroa Larre, V. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2022. Technology, life histories and circulation of gold objects during the Middle Period (AD 400–1000): A perspective from the Atacama Desert, Chile Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, v. 14
  • Saussus, L., Hsu, YT., Poulain, M., Martinón-Torres, M., Thomas, N. and De Clercq, W., 2022. Refining silver at the castle: the rare case of a large early modern cupel from Middelburg-in-Flanders, Belgium Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, v. 14
  • Cordivari, BW., Nikis, N. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2022. Smelting copper in decorated pottery: communities of practice in the Niari Basin, Republic of the Congo, fifteenth-seventeenth centuries CE. Archaeol Anthropol Sci, v. 14
  • 2021

  • Montes-Landa, J., Murillo-Barroso, M., Montero-Ruiz, I., Rovira-Llorens, S. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2021. Interwoven traditions in Bell Beaker metallurgy: Approaching the social value of copper at Bauma del Serrat del Pont (Northeast Iberia). PLoS One, v. 16
  • Bustamante, NA., Escobar, JA. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2021. Reverse engineering of ceramic anthropomorphic figurines from the Tumaco archaeological tradition in southwest Colombia. PLoS One, v. 16
  • Legarra Herrero, B. and Martinón-Torres, , 2021. Heterogeneous Production and Enchained Consumption: Minoan Gold in a Changing World (ca. 2000 BCE), Archaeological Institute of America American Journal of Archaeology, v. 125
  • Plaza, MT. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2021. Technology, Use and Reuse of Gold during the Middle Period: The Case of Casa Parroquial, Atacama Desert, Chile Cambridge Archaeological Journal, v. 31
  • Calonge, MTP., Pavlovic, D. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2021. Crucibles and moulds from Los Nogales: Technological study of technical ceramics from the Late Period in the Aconcagua Valley, Central Chile Estudios Atacamenos, v. 67
  • Alipour, R., Rehren, T. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2021. Chromium crucible steel was first made in Persia Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 127
  • 2020

  • Massa, G., Aldenderfer, M. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2020. Corrigendum to ‘Of gold masks, bronze mirrors and brass bracelets: analyses of metallic artefacts from Samdzong, Upper Mustang, Nepal 450-650 CE.’ (Archaeological Research in Asia (2019) 18 (68–81), (S2352226718300746), (10.1016/j.ara.2019.02.004)) Archaeological Research in Asia, v. 21
  • Modesto-Mata, M., Dean, MC., Lacruz, RS., Bromage, TG., García-Campos, C., Martínez de Pinillos, M., Martín-Francés, L., Martinón-Torres, M., Carbonell, E., Arsuaga, JL. and Bermúdez de Castro, JM., 2020. Short and long period growth markers of enamel formation distinguish European Pleistocene hominins. Sci Rep, v. 10
  • Montes-Landa, J., Montero-Ruiz, I., Castanyer Masoliver, P., Santos Retolaza, M., Tremoleda Trilla, J. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2020. Traditions and innovations: versatility of copper and tin bronze making recipes in Iron Age Emporion (L’Escala, Spain) Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, v. 12
  • Vieri, J., Uribe-Villegas, MA. and Martinon-Torres, M., Hunt, C. (ed.), 2020. Of forming, gilding and intentionality in Pre-Columbian goldwork: analytical characterisation of artefacts from the Museo del Oro, Bogotá, Elsevier Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports,
  • Veronesi, U., Rehren, T. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2020. The philosophers and the crucibles. New data on the 17th–18th century remains from the Old Ashmolean laboratory, Oxford Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, v. 35
  • Liu, Y., Martinón-Torres, M., Mei, J., Sun, W., Shao, A. and Chen, K., 2020. Cast a different iron: Grey and mottled cast iron production in early China Journal of Cultural Heritage, v. 46
  • Murillo-Barroso, M., Montero-Ruiz, I., Camalich-Massieu, MD., Martín-Socas, D., Labaune, M., Cattin, F., Nieto, JM. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2020. Raw material procurement and selection in Southeast Iberia’s early metallurgy Trabajos de Prehistoria, v. 77
  • Arcidiacono, L., Martinón-Torres, M., Senesi, R., Scherillo, A., Andreani, C. and Festa, G., 2020. Cu-based alloys as a benchmark for T-PGAA quantitative analysis at spallation neutron sources Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, v. 35
  • 2019 (Accepted for publication)

  • Martinon-Torres, M., Liu, Y., Chen, K., Mei, J., Shao, A. and Sun, W., 2019 (Accepted for publication). Scientific analysis and related issues of iron objects unearthed from the Qin cemetery at Xinfeng in the Lintong County, Shaanxi Province. 陕西临潼新丰秦墓出土铁器的科学分析及相关问题 (article is in chinese). Archaeology: Kaogu,
  • Rehren, T., Veronesi, U., Straube, B. and Martinon-Torres, M., 2019 (Accepted for publication). Glassmaking Tests at Early Jamestown? Some New Thoughts and Data, Corning Museum of Glass Journal of Glass Studies, v. 61
  • Liu, Y., Martinón-Torres, M., Chen, J., Sun, W. and Chen, K., 2019 (Accepted for publication). Iron decarburisation techniques in the eastern Guanzhong Plain, China, during Late Warring States period: an investigation based on slag inclusion analyses, Springer Science and Business Media LLC Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences,
  • Martinón-Torres, M., Lobo Guerrero Arenas, J., Veronesi, U. and White, H., 2019 (Accepted for publication). Goldsmithing traditions and innovations in colonial Colombia: an analytical study of crucibles from Santa Cruz de Mompox Post-Medieval Archaeology, v. 52
  • 2019

  • Murillo-Barroso, M., Montero-Ruiz, I., Nieto, JM., Camalich Massieu, MD., Martín Socas, D. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2019. Trace elements and lead isotopic composition of copper deposits from the eastern part of the Internal Zone of the Betic Cordillera (SE Iberia): application to provenance of archaeological materials Journal of Iberian Geology, v. 45
  • Veronesi, U., Rehren, T., Straube, B. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2019. Testing the New World: early modern chemistry and mineral prospection at colonial Jamestown, 1607–1610 Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, v. 11
  • Hein, A., Kilikoglou, V. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2019. Heat transfer properties of post-medieval crucibles Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, v. 11
  • Birch, T. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2019. Shape as a measure of weapon standardisation: From metric to geometric morphometric analysis of the Iron Age ‘Havor’ lance from Southern Scandinavia Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 101
  • Chen, K., Mei, J., Rehren, T., Liu, S., Yang, W., Martinón-Torres, M., Zhao, C., Hirao, Y., Chen, J. and Liu, Y., 2019. Hanzhong bronzes and highly radiogenic lead in Shang period China Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 101
  • Hsu, YT. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2019. Fire assay and cupellation at the late medieval Porto Mint, Portugal: a technological study Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, v. 24
  • Wood, JR., Montero-Ruiz, I. and Martinon-Torres, M., 2019. From Iberia to the Southern Levant: The Movement of Silver Across the Mediterranean in the Early Iron Age Journal of World Prehistory, v. 32
  • Liu, S., Rehren, T., Qin, D., Chen, J., Zhou, W., Martinón-Torres, M., Huang, X. and Qian, W., 2019. Coal-fuelled crucible lead-silver smelting in 12th-13th century China: A technological innovation in the age of deforestation Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 104
  • Martinón-Torres, M., Li, X., Xia, Y., Benzonelli, A., Bevan, A., Ma, S., Huang, J., Wang, L., Lan, D., Liu, J., Liu, S., Zhao, Z., Zhao, K. and Rehren, T., 2019. Surface chromium on Terracotta Army bronze weapons is neither an ancient anti-rust treatment nor the reason for their good preservation. Sci Rep, v. 9
  • Martinon-Torres, M., Henry, R. and Benzonelli, A., 2019. Two Reißscheiben copper ingots from Bromham Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine, v. 112
  • Massa, G., Aldenderfer, M. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2019. Of gold masks, bronze mirrors and brass bracelets: Analyses of metallic artefacts from Samdzong, Upper Mustang, Nepal 450–650 CE Archaeological Research in Asia,
  • Arcidiacono, L., Parmentier, A., Festa, G., Martinón-Torres, M., Andreani, C. and Senesi, R., 2019. Validation of a new data-analysis software for multiple-peak analysis of γ spectra at ISIS pulsed Neutron and Muon Source Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, v. 938
  • 2018 (Accepted for publication)

  • Radivojevic, M., Roberts, B., Pernicka, E., Stos-Gale, Z., Martinon-Torres, M., Rehren, T., Bray, P., Brandherm, D., Ling, J., Mei, J., Vandkilde, H., Kristiansen, K., Shennan, S. and Broodbank, C., 2018 (Accepted for publication). The Provenance, Use and Circulation of Metals in the European Bronze Age: The state of debate, Springer Nature Journal of Archaeological Research, v. 27
  • 2018

  • Veronesi, U. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2018. Glass and Alchemy in Early Modern Europe: An Analytical Study of Glassware from the Oberstockstall Laboratory in Austria. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl, v. 57
  • Wang, L., Chen, F., Wang, Y., Qian, W., Mei, J., Martinón-Torres, M. and Chen, K., 2018. Copper metallurgy in prehistoric upper Ili Valley, Xinjiang, China, Springer Nature Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences,
  • Murillo-Barroso, M., Peñalver, E., Bueno, P., Barroso, R., de Balbín, R. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2018. Amber in prehistoric Iberia: New data and a review. PLoS One, v. 13
  • Larreina-Garcia, D., Li, Y., Liu, Y. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2018. Bloomery iron smelting in the Daye County (Hubei): Technological traditions in Qing China, Elsevier Archaeological Research in Asia, v. 16
  • Bevan, A., Li, X., Zhao, Z., Huang, J., Laidlaw, S., Xi, N., Xia, Y., Ma, S. and Martinon-Torres, M., 2018. Ink marks, bronze crossbows and their implications for the Qin Terracotta Army Heritage Science, v. 6
  • González Álvarez, D., Marín Suárez, C., Farci, C., López Gómez, P., López-Sáez, JA., Martínez Barrio, C., Martinón-Torres, M., Menéndez Blanco, A., Moreno-García, M., Núñez De La Fuente, S., Peña-Chocarro, L., Pérez-Jordá, G., Rodríguez-Hernández, J., Tejerizo García, C. and Fernández Mier, M., 2018. El Castru (Vigaña, Balmonte de Miranda, Asturias): A small hillfort in the western area of the Cantabrian Mountains in the Iron Age Munibe Antropologia-Arkeologia, v. 69
  • Martinon Torres, M., Uribe-Villegas, MA., Sáenz-Samper, J. and Lobo Guerrero Arenas, J., 2018. Archaeometallurgy in Colombia: recent developments, UCL Press Archaeology International, v. 20
  • Radivojević, M., Pendić, J., Srejić, A., Korać, M., Davey, C., Benzonelli, A., Martinón-Torres, M., Jovanović, N. and Kamberović, , 2018. Experimental design of the Cu-As-Sn ternary colour diagram Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 90
  • Torrence, R. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2018. Editorial: JAS on the move Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 91
  • 2017

  • Wood, JR., Charlton, MF., Murillo-Barroso, M. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2017. Gold parting, iridium and provenance of ancient silver: A reply to Pernicka Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 86
  • Benzonelli, A., Freestone, IC. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2017. A Better Shade of Black: Effects of Manufacturing Parameters on the Development of Ancient Black Bronzes* Archaeometry, v. 59
  • Wood, JR., Charlton, MF., Murillo-Barroso, M. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2017. Iridium to provenance ancient silver Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 81
  • Farci, C., Martinón-Torres, M. and Álvarez, DG., 2017. Bronze production in the Iron Age of the Iberian Peninsula: The case of El Castru, Vigaña (Asturias, NW Spain) Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, v. 11
  • Saénz-Samper, J. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2017. Depletion gilding, innovation and life-histories: The changing colours of Nahuange metalwork Antiquity, v. 91
  • Martinon-Torres, M., Alicia Uribe-Villegas, M., Saenz-Samper, J. and Lobo-Guerrero, J., 2017. Archaeometallurgy in Colombia: Recent Developments ARCHAEOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, v. 20
  • Murillo-Barroso, M., Martinón-Torres, M., Massieu, MDC., Socas, DM. and González, FM., 2017. Early metallurgy in SE Iberia. The workshop of Las Pilas (Mojácar, Almería, Spain) Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, v. 9
  • 2016 (Published online)

  • Armada, X-L. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2016 (Published online). The ALBIMEH Project – Atlantic Late Bronze Age Metal Hoards Compared, UCL Press Archaeology International, v. 19 10.5334/ai.1908
  • 2016

  • Killick, D., Miller, D., Thondhlana, TP. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2016. Copper mining and smelting technology in the northern Lowveld, South Africa, ca. 1000 CE to ca. 1880 CE Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 75
  • Thondhlana, TP., Martinón-Torres, M. and Chirikure, S., 2016. The archaeometallurgical reconstruction of early second-millennium AD metal production activities at Shankare Hill, northern Lowveld, South Africa Azania, v. 51
  • Li, X., Bevan, A., Martinón-Torres, M., Xia, Y. and Zhao, K., 2016. Marking practices and the making of the Qin Terracotta Army, Elsevier Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, v. 42
  • Adams, S., Martinón-Torres, M. and Webley, L., 2016. Diversity in iron age metalworking: A unique crucible from Westwood, Coventry Historical Metallurgy, v. 50
  • Gaudenzi Asinelli, M. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2016. Copper-alloy use in a Tyrrhenian medieval town: The case of Leopoli-Cencelle (Italy) Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, v. 7
  • 2015 (Accepted for publication)

  • Martinon-Torres, M., Bevan, A. and Li, XJ., 2015 (Accepted for publication). Mapas de distribución, estadística espacial y organización de la producción en arqueología: las armas de bronce de los guerreros de terracota de Xi'an, China Sémata: Ciencias Sociais e Humanidades,
  • 2015

  • Martinon-Torres, M., 2015. Laboratories of Art. Alchemy and Art Technology from Antiquity to the 18th Century AMBIX, v. 62
  • Plaza, MT. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2015. Metallurgical traditions under Inka rule: A technological study of metals and technical ceramics from the Aconcagua Valley, Central Chile Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 54
  • Ting, C., Martinón-Torres, M., Graham, E. and Helmke, C., 2015. The production and exchange of moulded-carved ceramics and the 'Maya Collapse', Elsevier Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 62
  • Torrence, R., Martinón-Torres, M. and Rehren, T., 2015. Forty years and still growing: Journal of archaeological science looks to the future Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 56
  • Liu, S., Rehren, T., Chen, J., Xu, C., Venunan, P., Larreina-Garcia, D. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2015. Bullion production in imperial China and its significance for sulphide ore smelting world-wide Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 55
  • Martinón-Torres, M. and Uribe-Villegas, MA., 2015. The prehistoric individual, connoisseurship and archaeological science: The Muisca goldwork of Colombia Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 63
  • Murillo-Barroso, M., Martinón-Torres, M., García Sanjuán, L., Wheatley, D., Hunt Ortiz, MA., Forteza González, M. and Hernández Arnedo, MJ., 2015. New objects in old structures: The Iron Age hoard of the Palacio III megalithic funerary complex (Almadén de la Plata, Seville, Spain) Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 57
  • Ma, S., Martinón-Torres, M. and Li, Z., 2015. Identification of beeswax excavated from the Han Period Mausoleum M1 of the King of Jiangdu, Jiangsu, China Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, v. 4
  • Martinón-Torres, M. and Uribe-Villegas, MA., 2015. Technology and culture in the invention of lost-wax casting in South America: An archaeometric and ethnoarchaeological perspective Cambridge Archaeological Journal, v. 25
  • 2014 (Published online)

  • Martinon-Torres, M. and Birch, T., 2014 (Published online). The iron bars from the 'Gresham Ship': employing multivariate statistics to further slag inclusion analysis of ferrous objects, Historical Metallurgy Society Ltd. Historical metallurgy, v. 48
  • 2014 (Accepted for publication)

  • Martinon-Torres, M., Ladra, L. and Armada, XL., 2014 (Accepted for publication). Ourivería galaica no Museo das Mariñas: a Colección Seoane Anuario Brigantino, v. 37
  • 2014

  • Bevan, A., Li, X., Martinón-Torres, M., Green, S., Xia, Y., Zhao, K., Zhao, Z., Ma, S., Cao, W. and Rehren, T., 2014. Computer vision, archaeological classification and China's terracotta warriors Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 49
  • Zhou, W., Martinón-Torres, M., Chen, J. and Li, Y., 2014. Not so efficient, but still distilled: The technology of Qing Dynasty zinc production at Dafengmen, Chongqing, southwest China Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 43
  • Li, XJ., Bevan, A., Martinon-Torres, M., Rehren, T., Cao, W., Xia, Y. and Zhao, K., 2014. Crossbows and imperial craft organisation: The bronze triggers of China's Terracotta Army Antiquity, v. 88
  • Martinón-Torres, M., Li, XJ., Bevan, A., Xia, Y., Zhao, K. and Rehren, T., 2014. Forty Thousand Arms for a Single Emperor: From Chemical Data to the Labor Organization Behind the Bronze Arrows of the Terracotta Army Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, v. 21
  • 2013 (Published online)

  • Cockrell, B., Martinón-Torres, M. and Graham, E., 2013 (Published online). Negotiating a colonial Maya identity: metal ornaments from Tipu, Belize, PAGEPress Publications Open Journal of Archaeometry, v. 1
  • 2013

  • Rehren, T., Belgya, T., Jambon, A., Káli, G., Kasztovszky, Z., Kis, Z., Kovács, I., Maróti, B., Martinón-Torres, M., Miniaci, G., Pigott, VC., Radivojević, M., Rosta, L., Szentmiklósi, L. and Szokefalvi-Nagy, Z., 2013. 5,000 years old Egyptian iron beads made from hammered meteoritic iron Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 40
  • Biggs, L., Bellina, B., Martinón-Torres, M. and Pryce, TO., 2013. Prehistoric iron production technologies in the Upper Thai-Malay Peninsula: Metallography and slag inclusion analyses of iron artefacts from Khao Sam Kaeo and Phu Khao Thong Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, v. 5
  • 2012 (Published online)

  • Martinón-Torres, M., 2012 (Published online). The Archaeology of Alchemy and Chemistry in the Early Modern World: An Afterthought, UCL Press Archaeology International, v. 15
  • 2012

  • Villegas, MAU. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2012. Composition, colour and context in Muisca votive metalwork (Colombia, AD 600-1800) Antiquity, v. 86
  • Murillo-Barroso, M. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2012. Amber sources and trade in the prehistory of the Iberian peninsula European Journal of Archaeology, v. 15
  • Martinón-Torres, M., 2012. Inside Solomon's house: an archaeological study of the Old Ashmolean chymical laboratory in Oxford. Ambix, v. 59
  • 2012. Typology, technology, composition and context of Muisca metalwork (Colombia, AD 600-1800): a database, Ubiquity Press, Ltd. Journal of Open Archaeology Data, v. 1
  • Martinón-Torres, M., 2012. Is that stone genuine?, Springer Science and Business Media LLC Metascience, v. 21
  • Charlton, MF., Blakelock, E., Martinón-Torres, M. and Young, T., 2012. Investigating the production provenance of iron artifacts with multivariate methods Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 39
  • Martinón-Torres, M., Valcárcel Rojas, R., Sáenz Samper, J. and Guerra, MF., 2012. Metallic encounters in Cuba: The technology, exchange and meaning of metals before and after Columbus Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, v. 31
  • Zhou, W., Martinón-Torres, M., Chen, J., Liu, H. and Li, Y., 2012. Distilling zinc for the Ming Dynasty: The technology of large scale zinc production in Fengdu, southwest China Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 39
  • 2011 (Published online)

  • Martinón-Torres, M., Li, XJ., Bevan, A., Xia, Y., Kun, Z. and Rehren, T., 2011 (Published online). Making Weapons for the Terracotta Army, UCL Press Archaeology International, v. 13
  • 2011

  • Li, XJ., Martinón-Torres, M., Meeks, ND., Xia, Y. and Zhao, K., 2011. Inscriptions, filing, grinding and polishing marks on the bronze weapons from the Qin Terracotta Army in China Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 38
  • Pryce, TO., Pollard, M., Martinón-Torres, M., Pigott, VC. and Pernicka, E., 2011. Southeast asia's first isotopically defined prehistoric copper production system: When did extractive metallurgy begin in the khao wong prachan valley of central thailand? Archaeometry, v. 53
  • Martinón-Torres, M., 2011. Some recent developments in the historiography of alchemy. Ambix, v. 58
  • Martinon-Torres, M., 2011. Review of: Howard J. Ehrlichman: Conquest, tribute and trade: The quest for precious metals and the birth of globalization, Historical Metallurgy Society Ltd. Historical metallurgy, v. 45
  • Martinon-Torres, M., Li, XJ., Bevan, T., Rehren, T., Xia, Y. and Zhao, K., 2011. Standardisation and labour organisation in the bronze triggers of the Qin Terracotta Army [in Chinese] Qin Shihuanglin Bowuyuan Yuankan,
  • Martinon-Torres, M. and Ladra, L., 2011. On the origins of mercury gilding: contributions from the Protohistoric goldwork of Northwest Iberia TRABAJOS DE PREHISTORIA, v. 68
  • 2010

  • Chaplin, TD., Clark, RJH. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2010. A combined Raman microscopy, XRF and SEM-EDX study of three valuable objects - A large painted leather screen and two illuminated title pages in 17th century books of ordinances of the Worshipful Company of Barbers, London Journal of Molecular Structure, v. 976
  • Pryce, TO., Pigott, VC., Martinón-Torres, M. and Rehren, T., 2010. Prehistoric copper production and technological reproduction in the Khao Wong Prachan Valley of Central Thailand Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, v. 2
  • Murillo-Barroso, M., Pryce, TO., Bellina, B. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2010. Khao Sam Kaeo - an archaeometallurgical crossroads for trans-asiatic technological traditions Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 37
  • Fenn, TR., 2010. Archaeology, History & Science: Integrating Approaches to Ancient Materials JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH, v. 66
  • Martinon-Torres, M., Kearns, T. and Rehren, T., 2010. Metal to mould: alloy identification in experimental casting moulds using XRF, Historical Metallurgy Society Ltd. Historical metallurgy, v. 44
  • 2009

  • MacDonald, KC., Vernet, R., Martinon-Torres, M. and Fuller, DQ., 2009. Dhar Nema: from early agriculture to metallurgy in southeastern Mauritania AZANIA-ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH IN AFRICA, v. 44
  • Humphris, J., Martinón-Torres, M., Rehren, T. and Reid, A., 2009. Variability in single smelting episodes - a pilot study using iron slag from Uganda Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 36 10.1016/j.jas.2008.09.020
  • Blakelock, E., Martinón-Torres, M., Veldhuijzen, HA. and Young, T., 2009. Slag inclusions in iron objects and the quest for provenance: an experiment and a case study Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 36
  • Martinón-Torres, M. and Rehren, T., 2009. Post-medieval crucible production and distribution: A study of materials and materialities Archaeometry, v. 51
  • Iles, L. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2009. Pastoralist iron production on the Laikipia Plateau, Kenya: wider implications for archaeometallurgical studies Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 36
  • Thondhlana, TP. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2009. Small size, high value: Composition and manufacture of second millennium ad copper-based beads from Northern Zimbabwe Journal of African Archaeology, v. 7
  • Martinon-Torres, M. and Ladra, L., 2009. Variacions tecnoloxicas e preferencias culturais: estudo analitico dos ouros do Castro de Viladonga Croa: Boletin da Asociacion de Amigos do Castro de Viladonga,
  • Rastrelli, A., Miccio, M., Troalen, LG., Martinón-Torres, M., Guerra, MF., Siano, S., Sumbera, A. and Vitobello, ML., 2009. Modern and ancient gold jewellery attributed to the Etruscans: a science-based study, OpenEdition ArchéoSciences,
  • 2008

  • Martinon-Torres, M. and Verrocchio, V., 2008. Triangular crucibles from the Convent of San Domenico in L'Aquila Archeologia Postmedievale, v. 12
  • Martinon-Torres, M., 2008. Los orígenes alquímicos de la química moderna: una perspectiva arqueológica, Springer-Verlag Iberica Anales de Quimica,
  • Martinon-Torres, M., 2008. El secreto de los crisoles de Hesse Investigacion y Ciencia,
  • Martinón-Torres, M., Freestone, IC., Hunt, A. and Rehren, T., 2008. Mass-produced mullite crucibles in medieval Europe: Manufacture and material properties Journal of the American Ceramic Society, v. 91
  • Martinón-Torres, M., Thomas, N., Rehren, T. and Mongiatti, A., 2008. Some problems and potentials of the study of cupellation remains: the case of post-medieval Montbéliard, France, OpenEdition ArchéoSciences,
  • Martinon-Torres, M., 2008. ¿Hay futuro para la arqueometría ibérica? / Is there a future for Iberian archaeometry? El VII Congreso Ibérico de Arqueometría (Madrid, 8-10 octubre 2007), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas Trabajos de Prehistoria, v. 65
  • 2007

  • Martinón-Torres, M., Rojas, RV., Cooper, J. and Rehren, T., 2007. Metals, microanalysis and meaning: a study of metal objects excavated from the indigenous cemetery of El Chorro de Maíta, Cuba Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 34
  • Martinon-Torres, M. and Rehren, T., 2007. Trials and errors in search of mineral wealth: metallurgical experiments in early colonial Jamestown Rittenhouse: The Journal of the American Scientific Instrument Enterprise, v. 21
  • Martinon-Torres, M., Valcarcel Rojas, R., Cooper, J. and Rehren, T., 2007. Oro, guanines y latón. Metales en contextos aborígenes de Cuba El Caribe Arqueológico, v. 10
  • 2006 (Published online)

  • Martinón-Torres, M., Cooper, J., Rojas, RV. and Rehren, T., 2006 (Published online). Diversifying the picture: indigenous responses to European arrival in Cuba, UCL Press Archaeology International, v. 10
  • 2006

  • Martinón-Torres, M., Rehren, T. and Freestone, IC., 2006. Mullite and the mystery of Hessian wares. Nature, v. 444
  • Martinon-Torres, M., Thomas, N., Rehren, T. and Goy, C., 2006. La fouille archéologique du quartier Velotte à Montbéliard: nouvelles données sur des opérations de chimie oubliées Bulletin de la Société d’émulation de Montbéliard, v. 155
  • 2005

  • Martinon-Torres, M. and Rehren, T., 2005. Alchemy, chemistry and metallurgy in Renaissance Europe: a wider context for fire-assay remains Historical Metallurgy, v. 39
  • 2004 (Published online)

  • 2004 (Published online). “34th International Symposium on Archaeometry: Archaeometallurgy”, Zaragoza, Spain, 3rd-7th May 2004, UCL Press Volume 15, v. 15
  • 2004

  • Martinon-Torres, M., 2004. Xaquin Lorenzo "Xocas", E a min, ¿que? Revista 43N8W, v. 8
  • Martinón-Torres, M., 2004. El Padre Sarmiento y el megalitismo gallego, Editorial CSIC Cuadernos de Estudios Gallegos, v. 51
  • 2003 (Published online)

  • Martinon-Torres, M., Rehren, T. and von Osten, S., 2003 (Published online). A 16th century lab in a 21st century lab: archaeometric study of the laboratory equipment from Oberstockstall (Kirchberg am Wagram, Austria), Cambridge University Press Antiquity: a quarterly review of archaeology, v. 77
  • 2003

  • Martinon-Torres, M., 2003. Química en arqueología y la arqueología de la química: el ensayo Gallaecia, v. 22
  • 2002 (Published online)

  • Martinon-Torres, M., 2002 (Published online). Holtorf, Cornelius J. 2000-2. Monumental Past: The Life-histories of Megalithic Monuments in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), UCL Press Papers from the Institute of Archaeology, v. 13
  • 2002 (Published online). Holtorf, Cornelius J. 2000-2. Monumental Past: The Life-histories of Megalithic Monuments in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), UCL Press Volume 13, v. 13
  • 2002

  • Martinon-Torres, M., 2002. Chaîne opératoire: the concept and its applications within the study of technology Gallaecia, v. 21
  • Martinon-Torres, M., 2002. Agricola and Zwickau: theory and practice of Renaissance brass production in SE Germany, Historical Metallurgy Society Ltd. Historical metallurgy, v. 36
  • Castells, S. and Banerji, MA., 2002. Foreword Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, v. 15
  • Martinón-Torres, M., 2002. Defying God and the king: A 17th-century gold rush for ‘megalithic treasure’, Informa UK Limited Public Archaeology, v. 2
  • Martinón-Torres, M., 2002. Defying God and the king: A 17th-century gold rush for ‘megalithic treasure’, Maney Publishing Public Archaeology, v. 2
  • 2001

  • Martinón-Torres, M., 2001. Los megalitos de término. Crónica del valor territorial de los monumentos megalíticos a partir de las fuentes escritas, Editorial CSIC Trabajos de Prehistoria, v. 58
  • 2000

  • Martinon-Torres, M., 2000. Murguía e a arqueoloxía galega Boletín da Real Academia Galega,
  • Martinon-Torres, M., 2000. Análsis del 'Megalitismo Céltico' en la Galicia del siglo XIX Gallaecia,
  • Book chapters


  • Uribe Villegas, MA. and Martinon-Torres, M., Meisel Roca, AA., Uribe Villegas, MA. and Langebaek, CH. (eds.), 2021. Los orfebres, las ofrendas y el oro entre los Muiscas. Resultados de una investigación arqueometalúrgica en las figuras votivas de metal, Banco de la República
  • Uribe Villegas, MA., Martinon-Torres, M. and Quintero Guzman, JP., McEwan, C. and Hoopes, JW. (eds.), 2021. The Muisca Raft: Context, Materiality and Technology, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
  • 2020 (No publication date)

  • Martinon-Torres, M., 2020 (No publication date). Ore and Smelting Slag, Wiley
  • 2020

  • Adlington, LW., Freestone, IC., Seliger, L., Martinon-Torres, M., Brock, F. and Shortland, A., Orna, MV. and Ramussen, SC. (eds.), 2020. In situ methodology for compositional grouping of medieval stained glass windows: introducing the ‘WindowLyzer’ for handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, in Orna, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • 2018

  • Martinon-Torres, M. and Dikomitou-Eliadou, M., 2018. Portable X-ray fluorescence analysis of Early and Middle Bronze Age ceramics from the necropolis at Lapithos Vrysi tou Barba. Results of the first analytical campaign, Astrom Editions
  • 2017

  • Martinon-Torres, M., Chirikure, S., Thondhlana, TP. and Rehren, T., 2017. The Mutapa and the Portuguese: archaeometallurgy and regional interaction in southern Africa, Langaa RPCIP
  • 2016

  • Martinón-Torres, M., 2016. Why should archaeologists take history and science seriously?
  • Rehren, T. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2016. Naturam ars imitata: European brassmaking between craft and science
  • Martinón-Torres, M., 2016. Of marks, prints, pots, and becherovka: Freemasons’ branding in early modern Europe?
  • 2015 (Published online)

  • Martinón-Torres, M. and Killick, D., Gardner, A., Lake, M. and Sommer, U. (eds.), 2015 (Published online). Archaeological Theories and Archaeological Sciences, Oxford University Press
  • 2015

  • Martinon-Torres, M., Murillo-Barroso, M., Pryce, TO. and Bellina, B., 2015. Khao Sam Kaeo: an archaeometallurgical crossroads for Trans-Asiatic technological traditions, National Institute of Advanced Studies
  • 2014 (Published online)

  • Martinon-Torres, M., 2014 (Published online). The Cargo, Archaeopress
  • Martinon-Torres, M., Xia, Y., Li, XJ., Rehren, T. and Zhao, K., 2014 (Published online). 秦俑坑出土铜镞铤的金相及电镜能谱初步分析 (An initial analysis of the arrow tangs and swords from the Qin Terracotta Army), Beijing Science Press
  • Martinon-Torres, M., Xia, Y., Li, XJ., Zhao, K. and Rehren, T., 2014 (Published online). 打描电镜下的青铜兵器铭文及加工痕迹 (Inscriptions and other tool marks on the bronze weapons observed under the Scanning Electron Microscope), Beijing Science Press
  • Martinon-Torres, M., Bevan, A. and Li, XJ., 2014 (Published online). 冶金及手工业生产的空间统计学分析 (A quantitative spatial analysis of metallurgical and other craft activities), Beijing Science Press
  • Martinon-Torres, M., Li, XJ., Bevan, A., Xia, Y., Zhao, K. and Rehren, T., 2014 (Published online). 为秦始皇打造兵器:秦俑坑兵器的冶金考古学分析 (Making weapons for the First Emperor: an archaeometallurgical analysis of bronze weapons from the Terracotta Army), Beijing Science Press
  • 2014

  • 2014. Chapter 6. Molding the ‘collapse’: Technological analysis of the Terminal Classic molded-carved vases from Altun Ha, Belize, Hamad bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press)
  • Martinón-Torres, M. and Rehren, T., 2014. Technical ceramics
  • 2013

  • Valcárcel Rojas, R. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2013. Metals in the Indigenous Societies of the Insular Caribbean, Oxford University Press
  • Martinon-Torres, M., Keegan, WF., Hofman, CL. and Rodriguez Ramos, R. (eds.), 2013. Metals and indigenous societies in the Caribbean islands, Oxford University Press
  • 2012

  • Martinon-Torres, M., Li, XJ., Meeks, ND. and Xia, Y., 2012. SEM imaging of toolmarks on Qin bronze weapons using silicone rubber impressions, Archetype
  • Martinon-Torres, M. and Dikomitou, M., 2012. Fabricating an island-wide tradition. Red Polished pottery from Early and Middle Bronze Age Cyprus, Hellenic Society for Archaeometry
  • Martinon-Torres, M. and Saenz Samper, J., 2012. El oro en America, Deutsches Bergbau-Museum
  • Martinón-Torres, M. and Rehren, T., 2012. ANALYTICAL STUDY OF IRON SLAG FROM THE NOVGOROD HINTERLAND, Oxbow Books
  • 2011

  • Holmqvist, VE. and Martinón-Torres, M., 2011. Many Potters – One Style: Pottery Production and Distribution in Transitional Late Byzantine–Early Islamic Palaestina Tertia, Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Martinon-Torres, M. and Saenz Samper, J., Slotta, R. and Schnepel, I. (eds.), 2011. Gold in Amerika, Deutsches Bergbau-Museum
  • 2010

  • Martinon-Torres, M., Valcárcel Rojas, R. and Cooper, J., Kepecs, S., Curet, A. and De la Rosa, G. (eds.), 2010. Turey treasure in the Caribbean: Brass and Indo-Hispanic contact at El Chorro de Maita, Cuba, University of Alabama Press: Tuscaloosa
  • 2009

  • Martinon-Torres, M., Thomas, N., Rehren, T. and Mongiatti, A., 2009. Identifying materials, recipes and choices: some suggestions for the study of archaeological cupels, Associazione Italiana di Metallurgia
  • Martinon-Torres, M., Hudgins, CC. and Rehren, T., Horning, A. and Brannon, N. (eds.), 2009. From the mines to the colonies: archaeological evidence for the exchange and metallurgical usage of English copper in early seventeenth-century Ireland and Virginia, Wordwell
  • Martinon-Torres, M., Mongiatti, A. and Rehren, T., Moreau, JF., Auger, R., Chabot, J. and Herzog, A. (eds.), 2009. Testing ores for gold and silver in Renaissance Austria: new techniques, new discoveries
  • Martinon-Torres, M., Mongiatti, A., Rehren, T. and Cech, B., 2009. Smelting of gold and silver ores in Renaissance Austria, Associazione Italiana di Metallurgia
  • 2008

  • Cooper, J., Martinón-Torres, M. and Rojas, RV., 2008. American gold and European brass: Metal objects and indigenous values in the cemetery of el chorro de maíta' Cuba
  • Martinon-Torres, M. and Rehren, T., Crabtree, P. (ed.), 2008. Metallurgy: Europe, Facts on File
  • Martinon-Torres, M., Garcia Sanjuan, L. (ed.), 2008. El megalito ha muerto.¡Larga vida al megalito!, Consejeria de Cultura. Junta de Andalucia: Seville
  • 2007

  • Martinon-Torres, M., Principe, LM. (ed.), 2007. The Tools of the Chymist: Archaeological and Scientific Analyses of Early Modern Laboratories, Chemical Heritage Foundation and Science History Publications
  • Martinon-Torres, M., 2007. Mining in Europe, Facts on File
  • 2006

  • Martinon-Torres, M. and Rehren, T., Pérez-Arantegui, J. (ed.), 2006. The 'mystery' of the post-medieval triangular crucibles reconsidered - a global perspective, Institución Fernando el Católico
  • Martinon-Torres, M., Rodriguez Casal, AA. (ed.), 2006. On the life-histories of megaliths in Northwest Iberia, Archaeopress
  • 2005

  • Martinon-Torres, M. and Rehren, T., Prudencio, I., Dias, I. and Waerenborgh, C. (eds.), 2005. Ceramic materials in fire assay practices: a case study of 16th century laboratory equipment, Instituto Portugues de Arqueologia
  • 2000

  • Martinon-Torres, M., Rabade Paredes, X. (ed.), 2000. Murguia visto por Marcos Martinon-Torres, Galaxia
  • Martinon-Torres, M., Rodriguez, M. and Casal, AA., Arias, P., Bueno, P., Cruz, D., Enriquez, JX., Oliveira, J. and Sanchez, MJ. (eds.), 2000. Aspectos historiograficos del megalitismo gallego: de la documentacion medieval al siglo XIX, ADECAP
  • Reports


  • Benzonelli, A., Legarra Herrero, B. and Martinon-Torres, M., Driessen, J. (ed.), 2021. Technological and chemical analyses of the gold items of the Sissi Project (2011-2019), Presses Universitaires de Louvain
  • Datasets

    2019 (No publication date)

  • Martinon-Torres, M. and Uribe Villegas, MA., 2019 (No publication date). Data "Typology, technology, composition and context of Muisca metalwork (Colombia, AD 600-1800): a database"
  • 2018

  • Radivojevic, M., Pendic, J., Srejic, A., Korac, M., Kamberovic, Z., Martinon-Torres, M., Davey, C., Jovanovic, N. and Benzonelli, A., 2018. Photographs of Cu-As-Sn binary and ternary metal pellets as supporting material for the article: "Experimental design of the Cu-As-Sn ternary colour diagram"
  • Books


  • Martinón-Torres, M. and Rehren, T., 2016. Archaeology, history and science: Integrating approaches to ancient materials
  • Martinón-Torres, M. and Rehren, T., 2016. Preface
  • 2015

  • Martinon-Torres, M., Torrence, R. and Rehren, T. (eds.), 2015. Scoping the Future of Archaeological Science: Papers in Honour of Richard Klein, Journal of Archaeological Science
  • 2014

  • Martinón-Torres, (ed.), 2014. Craft and science: International perspectives on archaeological ceramics, Hamad bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press)
  • 2013

  • Martinon-Torres, M., Uribe, MA., Londono, E., Quintero, JP. and Morales, J., 2013. Historias de ofrendas muiscas / Stories of muisca offerings (exhibition catalogue), Historias de ofrendas muiscas
  • 2004

  • Martinón-Torres, M., 2004. Xaquín Lorenzo "Xocas" confesións e lembranzas para mozos de onte e hoxe
  • 2001

  • 2001. Os monumentos megalíticos despois do megalitismo arqueoloxía e historia dos megalitos galegos a través das fontes escritas (s.VI-s.XIX)
  • Teaching and Supervisions

    Research supervision: 

    I currently supervise research students and postdoctoral fellows on a range of topics related to the above interests, enrolled at either UCL or the University of Cambridge Cambridge. I am interested in supervising students who wish to study for an MPhil or a PhD on related subjects, and happy to discuss new departures.

    Current postdoctoral research fellows

    • Eleanor Blakelock (funded by Leverhulme Trust)
    • Ema Bauzyte (funded by Fitzwilliam Museum's Being an Islander Project)

     Past postdoctoral research fellows

    • Marc Gener-Moret (funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions)
    • Kunlong Chen (funded by Newton Fellowship)
    • Pau Sureda (funded by Government of Galicia, Spain)
    • Xose-Lois Armada [2018: Postdoctoral researcher, Incipit, CSIC, Spain)
    • Mike Charlton [2018: Lecturer, UCL]
    • Mercedes Murillo-Barroso [2018: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Granada]

    Current students:

    • Mark Davis (UK): Brass vs bronze: Continuity and change from Late Antiquity to the early Islamic period in the Persian Gulf and adjacent regions, funded by AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership with the British Museum
    • Saltanat Amir (KZ): Goldsmithing technologies, organic materials and funerary rituals in the Saka societies of the Eurasian Steppe Region during the Iron Age (c. 900 – 100 BCE), funded by Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarships
    • Elizabeth La Duc (US): Coal Usage in Romano-British Ferrous Metallurgy: Identification and Interpretation, funded by the Cambridge Trust
    • Julia Montes-Landa (SP): Evolution, co-existence and adaptation of bronze-making recipes in Prehistory: a case study from North-Eastern Iberia, funded by AHRC and Cambridge Trust Vice Chancellor’s Award
    • Yi-Ting Hsu (TW): Fire assay, cupellation, and the spread of technical knowlede in Early Modern Europe, funded by Taiwan-Cambridge Scholarship
    • Jasmine Vieri (FI): Regional and Temporal Patterns in the Composition of Pre-Columbian Gold and Copper Alloys, funded by AHRC
    • Laura Arcidiacono (IT): Development of a neutron technique for the non-destructive and non-invasive analysis of archaeological gold artefacts (first supervisor), funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
    • Ole Nordland (NO): Iron making in Viking Age Scandinavia (c. AD 750-1000): Political power, knowledge transmission and technological changes (first supervisor), funded by AHRC
    • Yaxiong Liu (CN): Iron and the Rise of the Qin Empire: An Exploration of the Iron Industry and its Social Impact during the Warring States Period (joint first supervisor), funded by Chinese Scholarship Council
    • Umberto Veronesi (IT): The Alchemy of Early Modern Glass (first supervisor), funded by AHRC

    Past Students

    • Agnese Benzonelli (IT): Validation of analytical methods for non-invasive characterization of natural and artificial patinas (second supervisor), funded by Tylecote Scholarship
    • Laura Ware Adlington (US): Investigation of technology, production and deterioration of medieval stained glass using handheld pXRF  (second supervisor), funded by UCL Graduate Scholarship
    • Maria Teresa Plaza Calonge (CL): Gold technology and the Tiwanaku empire in San Pedro de Atacama, Northern Chile, during the Middle Horizon (AD 400-1000) (first supervisor), funded by Chilean government
    • Jonathan Wood (GB): The transmission of silver and silver extraction technology across the Mediterranean by the Phoenicians in the 8th and 7th centuries BCE: A precursor for the Classical Age (first supervisor), funded by AHRC
    • David Larreina-García (SP): Copper and bloomery iron smelting in Central China: Technological traditions in the Daye County (Hubei) (2017, first supervisor), funded by Impact Scholarship [2018: Marie Curie IEF fellow at University of the Basque country]
    • Rahil Alipour (IR): Persian crucible steel production in Central Iran (AD 802-1431) (2017, joint first supervisor), funded by UCL Qatar [2018: Gerda Henkel Fellow at UCL]
    • Miguel Carrero (SP): The megalithic phenomenon in Galicia: Contributions of GIS and spatial statistics to the study of location patterns (2017, second supervisor), funded by Spanish Government Research Scholarship.
    • Pira Venunan (TH): An archaeometallurgical study of iron production in Ban Kruat, lower Northeast Thailand: technology and social development from the Iron Age (500BC-AD500) to the Imperial Angkorian Khmer (AD802-1431) (2016, first supervisor), funded by Thai Royal Family Scholarship [2018: lecturer at Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand]
    • Mainardo Asinelli (IT): Manufacture and use of copper and copper-alloy artefacts in medieval Tuscia (2016, first supervisor), funded by European Union ITN [2018: Marie Curie IEF fellow at University of Vic, Spain]
    • Siran Liu (CN): Gold and silver production in Imperial China. Technological choices in their socio-economic and environmental settings (2015, second supervisor), funded by Sino-British Fellowship Trust [2018: lecturer at University of Science and Technology Beijing, China]
    • Ruth Fillery-Travis (UK): Iron production in the Western Roman Empire: A diachronic study of technology and society based on two archaeological sites (2015, first supervisor), funded by AHRC [2018: Professional Services at University of Sussex]
    • Carmen Ting (HK): Change, continuity, and the Maya Collapse: Reconstructing the ceramic economy in the Eastern Maya Lowlands during the Classic to Postclassic Transition (2013, joint first supervisor), funded by UCL Graduate Scholarship [2018: Marie Curie IEF fellow at University of Cyprus]
    • Thomas Thondhlana (ZB): Pre-colonial copper production in the Northern Lowveld, South Africa, c. AD 700-1900 (2012, first supervisor), funded by EPSRC and Xstrata [2018: tenured lecturer and Deputy Dean at University of Great Zimbabwe]
    • Maria Dikomitou (CY): Ceramic production, distribution and social interaction. An analytical approach to the study of Early and Middle Bronze Age pottery from Cyprus (2012, second supervisor), funded by Leventis Foundation, Cyprus [2018: Marie Curie IEF fellow at UCL]
    • Roseleen Bains (CA): The social significance of stone bead technology in Neolithic Catalhoyuk, Turkey (2012, second supervisor)
    • Xiuzhen Janice Li (CN): Standardisation, labour organisation and the bronze weapons of the Qin Terracotta Warriors (2012, joint first supervisor), funded by Kwok Foundation, Hong Kong [2018: senior archaeologist at First Emperor’s Mausoleum Site Museum, Xi’an, China]
    • Wenli Zhou (CN): Distilling zinc in China: The technology of large-scale zinc production in Chongqing during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (AD 1368-1911) (2012, first supervisor), funded by Kwok Foundation, Hong Kong [2018: researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences]
    • Louise Iles (UK): Technology, society and tradition: reconstructing the iron industries of Bunyoro-Kitara (2011, second supervisor), funded by AHRC [2018: Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at University of Sheffield]
    • Jane Humphris (UK): An archaeometallurgical investigation of iron smelting traditions in Southern Rwanda (2010, second supervisor), funded by AHRC [2018: Director of UCL Qatar Research in Sudan]
    • Virpi Holmqvist (FI): Ceramics in transition: a comparative analytical study of late Byzantine-early Islamic pottery from Palaestina Tertia (2010, joint first supervisor), funded by Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation, Finland  [2018: lecturer at the University of Helsinki, Finland]
    • Aude Mongiatti (FR): Assaying and smelting noble metals in sixteenth-century Austria: a comparative analytical study (2009, joint first supervisor), funded by EU Marie Curie EST [2018: research scientist at the British Museum]
    • Oliver Pryce (UK): Copper production and technological reproduction in the Khao Wong Prachan of central Thailand (2009, second supervisor), funded by Tylecote Grant [2018: senior researcher at the CNRS, France]

    Other Professional Activities

    • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Archaeological Science
    • President, Society for Archaeological Sciences
    • Trustee, Institute for Archaeometallurgical Studies
    • Peer Review College, Arts and Humanities Research Council
    • Editorial Board: Historical Metallurgy, Materialidades: Perspectivas actuales en cultura material, Pyrenae: Journal of Western Mediterranean Prehistory and Antiquity




    Job Titles

    Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science
    Professor Marcos Martinón-Torres

    General Info

    Available for consultancy
    Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
    Material Culture
    Artefact Analysis & Technology
    Cultural Evolution

    Contact Details

    McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
    Downing Street
    m.martinon-torres [at]
    CB2 3ER
    01223 (7)60946


    Person keywords: 
    Materials science
    Material culture
    Archaeological chemistry
    Archaeological Science
    Science, Technology and Innovation
    Material Culture
    Human Evolutionary Studies
    Rethinking Complexity
    Geographical areas: 
    East Asia
    Southeast Asia
    Periods of interest: 
    Copper/Bronze Age
    Iron Age
    Other Historical
    Other Late Prehistory