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Department of Archaeology



  • 2018-2021: ERC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, TwoRains project
  • 2014-2018: FPI PhD fellowship, associated to CAMOTECCER project (I+D+i Spain, HAR2012-32653), University of Barcelona
  • 2013-2018: PhD in Archaeology, University of Barcelona
  • 2011-2012: Research Assistant, SimulPast project (CONSOLIDER-INGENIO 2010), University of Barcelona
  • 2010-2011: MA in Prehistoric Archaeology, Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • 2005-2011: BA in Sociology, Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • 2001-2010: BA in Humanities, Autonomous University of Barcelona


  • Digital and Computational Archaeology
  • Modelling and simulation of socioecological systems, particularly using agent-based modelling
  • Multivariate Analysis of archaeometric data
  • Research Data practices and reproducibility

My research focuses on the development of simulation models of socio-ecological dynamics in the past using agent-based modelling, and assembling multivariate statistical protocols for analysing and interpreting archaeological data. This research has been driven by the challenge of untangling complex processes such as the emergence of social institutions and the relationship between land use and socio-ecological mechanisms. I am also engaged in various personal and collective initiatives for the improvement of access and reproducibility of quantitative research in archaeology. My contributions covered case studies in arid regions of Afro-Eurasia and in periods spanning from Bronze Age to Early Medieval times.

I am presently involved in the following research projects in:

09/2015 – 08/2020: Winter Rain, Summer Rain. Adaptation, Climate Change, Resilience and the Indus Civilisation (TwoRains). PI: Cameron A. Petrie, University of Cambridge.

01/2017 – 01/2020: Assessing Past Complex Societies from Central Asia through the pottery. Between the nomadic traditions and the Mediterranean influences (CERAC). PI: Veronica Martinez, University of Barcelona




Key publications: 
[1] Angourakis, A, Bates, J, Baudouin, J-P, Giesche, A, Ustunkaya, MC, Wright, N, Singh, RN, Petrie, CA (2020). How to ‘downsize’ a complex society: an agent-based modelling approach to assess the resilience of Indus Civilisation settlements to past climate change. Environmental Research Letters, 15(11):115004.
[2] Graham, S, Lane, A, Huffer, D, Angourakis, A (2020). Towards a Method for Discerning Sources of Supply within the Human Remains Trade via Patterns of Visual Dissimilarity and Computer Vision. Journal of Computer Applications in Archaeology, 3(1):253-268.
[3] Martínez Ferreras, V, Angourakis, A, Hein, A, Aulinas Juncà, M, Garcia-Valles, M, Gurt Esparraguera, JM, Ariño Gil, E, Sánchez Del Corral, A, Pidaev, SR (2019). Assessing Hellenistic to nomadic cultural patterns through pottery in ancient Termez, Uzbekistan. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 34(5):1177-1202.
[4] Angourakis, A, Martínez Ferreras, V, Torrano, A., Gurt, J.M. (2018). Presenting multivariate statistical protocols in R using wine Roman amphorae productions in Catalonia, Spain. Journal of Archaeological Science, 93:150-165.
[5] Martínez Ferreras, V, Angourakis, A, Hein, A, Gurt Esparraguera, JM, Sverchkov, LM, Sánchez del Corral, A (2018). Pottery in Hellenistic tradition from ancient Bactria: The Kurganzol fortress (Uzbekistan, Central Asia). Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 21:1044-1054.
[6] Angourakis, A, Salpeteur, M, Martínez Ferreras, V, Gurt, JM (2017). The Nice Musical Chairs model. Exploring the role of competition and cooperation between farming and herding in the formation of land use patterns in arid Afro-Eurasia. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 24(4):1177-1202.
[7] Angourakis, A, Santos, JI, Galán, JM, Balbo, AL (2015). Food For All: An Agent-Based model to explore the emergence and implications of cooperation for food storage. Environmental Archaeology: The Journal of Human Paleoecology, 20(4): 349-63.
[8] Angourakis, A (2014). Exploring the Oases of Central Asia: A Model of Interaction Between Mobile Livestock Breeding and Sedentary Agriculture, in: Antela-Bernárdez, B., Vidal, J. (Eds.), Central Asia in Antiquity: Interdisciplinary Approaches. BAR, Oxford, pp. 3-23.
[9] Angourakis, A, Rondelli, B, Stride, S, Rubio-Campillo, X, Balbo, AL, Torrano, A, Martínez Ferreras, V, Madella, M, Gurt, JM (2014). Land Use Patterns in Central Asia. Step 1: The Musical Chairs Model. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 21(2): 405-425.
Other publications: 




[1] Angourakis, A (2020, June 23). Two-Rains/parModelPrecipitation: Parametric model of precipitation (Version v1.0).Zenodo.
[2] Angourakis, A, Alcaina-Mateos, J (2020, June 6). Andros-Spica/hpcModel: Human-Plant Coevolution model: source files, simulation interface, sensitivity analysis report and documentation (Version v1.1).Zenodo.
[3] Angourakis, A (2020, June 6). Andros-Spica/SIMPLE-crop-model: SIMPLE Crop model: NetLogo implementation (Version v1.0).Zenodo.
[4] Angourakis, A (2020, June 6). Andros-Spica/PondTrade: Pond Trade model: Didactic progressive development of an Agent-based model in NetLogo (Version v1.0).Zenodo.
[5] Angourakis, A (2020, June 6). Andros-Spica/cerUB\_tutorial: cerUB tutorial (Version v1.0).Zenodo.
[6] Angourakis, A (2020, March 16). Two-Rains/indus-village-model: The Indus Village model development files (Version v0.3).Zenodo.
[7] Angourakis, A, Martínez Ferreras, V (2017, September 23). cerUB - Protocols for exploring archaeometric data (R package).Zenodo.
[8] Angourakis, A (2017, September 20). biplot2d3d - an R package for generating highly-customizable biplots. Zenodo.
[9] Angourakis, A (2017, January 9). ”Nice Musical Chairs” (Version 5). CoMSES Computational Model Library.
[10] Angourakis, A (2016, March 11). ”Musical Chairs” (Version 2). CoMSES Computational Model Library


Latests talks
[1] Angourakis, A , Bates, J, Baudouin, J-P, Giesche, A, Walker, J, Ustunkaya, MC, Wright, N, Singh, RN, Petrie, CA (2021 January 26). "The Indus Village model: Modelling population, agriculture and climate change in the Indus Civilisation". In the workshop by 'Resilience and Adaptation to Droughts and Extreme Climate Events in the Mediterranean: Lessons Learnt from Past on a 1.5°Cor more Warmer World' (RDMed) project. Venue: Zoom.
[2] Angourakis, A  (2020 September 28). "Computational archaeology and simulation of socio-environmental systems in the past". In Digital Past, Digital Future by Trust & Technology Initiative, University of Cambridge. Venue: Zoom.
[3] Angourakis, A , Bates, J, Baudouin, J-P, Giesche, A, Walker, J, Ustunkaya, MC, Wright, N, Singh, RN, Petrie, CA (2019 December 5-6). “A general model for household-structured population dynamics: presenting the first component for a model of Indus Civilisation settlements in Haryana, NW India". In International Network - Historical and osteoarchaeological Past Populations Exploration (IN-HOPPE). Venue: Maison des Sciences de l'Homme et de la Société Sud-Est, Nice.
[4] Angourakis, A , Alcaina-Mateos, J, Madella, M, Zurro, D (2019 November 6-8). “Theory strikes back: a modelling and simulation theory building approach on the origin of agriculture". In Early Neolithic of Europe (ENE). Venue: Institución Milá y Fontanals-CSIC/Museu Marítim, Barcelona.
[5] Angourakis, A , Martínez Ferreras, V, Gurt, JM (2019 September 16-18). “Multivariate 'mixed-mode' analyses for characterising archaeological ceramics using the cerUB package in R". In European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics (EMAC). Venue: University of Barcelona.
[6] Angourakis, A , Bates, J, Baudouin, J-P, Giesche, A, Walker, J, Ustunkaya, MC, Wright, N, Singh, RN, Petrie, CA (2019 April 23-27). “'Don't put all your eggs in one basket': modelling cropping strategies and climate change in the Indus Civilisation". In Computer Applications in Archaeology (CAA). Venue: Jagiellonian University, Krakow.
[7] Angourakis, A , Bates, J, Baudouin, J-P, Giesche, A, Ustunkaya, MC, Wright, N, Singh, RN, Petrie, CA (2019 March 11-16). “How to 'downsize' a complex society: experiments with agent-based models to assess the resilience of Indus Civilisation settlements to past climate change". In \emph{International Open Workshop: Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 15,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes VI. Venue: Kiel University.
[8] Angourakis, A  (2019 Feruary 5). "Agent-based modelling in archaeology: Why do it, how to do it, and what to expect". As part of the CDAL seminar series at the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge.
[9] Angourakis, A , Graham, S (2018 October 8-10). “Gaming Artificial Anasazi. Applying immersive game design and storytelling to an agent-based model in archaeology". In Interactive Pasts Conference 2 (TIPC2). Venue: Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum, The Netherlands.


Job Titles

Research Associate, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

General Info

Available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Human Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology
Archaeological Theory
Computational and Quantitative Archaeology

Contact Details

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Downing Street


Person keywords: 
Human behavioural ecology
The Near East
Open Science
Ecology and behaviour
Social evolution
The origins of agriculture and sedentary societies
Migration and Mobility
Evolutionary ecology
Archaeological Theory
Cultural Evolution
Dynamics of Complex Societies
Open Science
Archaeological Science
Rethinking Complexity
Geographical areas: 
Central Asia
Mesopotamia and the Near East
South Asia
Periods of interest: 
Copper/Bronze Age
Iron Age