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Department of Archaeology



  • 2018-2020: 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 Archaeology
  • Modelling and simulation of socioecological systems, particularly agent-based modelling
  • Multivariate Analysis of archaeometric data

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, 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.
[2] 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.
[3] 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.
[4] 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.
[5] 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, Martínez Ferreras, V (2017, September 23). cerUB - Protocols for exploring archaeometric data (R package).Zenodo.
[2] Angourakis, A (2017, September 20). biplot2d3d - an R package for generating highly-customizable biplots. Zenodo.
[3] Angourakis, A (2017, January 9). ”Nice Musical Chairs” (Version 5). CoMSES Computational Model Library.
[4] Angourakis, A (2016, March 11). ”Musical Chairs” (Version 2). CoMSES Computational Model Library
[5] Martínez Ferreras, V, Angourakis, A, Hein, A, Esparraguera, JG, Sverchkov, LM, del Corral, AS (2016). Pottery in Hellenistic tradition from ancient Bactria: The Kurganzol fortress (Uzbekistan, Central Asia). Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.

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