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Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership - Student Profiles



I completed both my BSc and MSc at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, specialising in the study of metal artefacts and assemblages using materials science based approaches. During my MSc, I further developed a strong interest in computational analysis in archaeology, particularly in relation to deriving structure and meaning from large spatio-temporal datasets. My other research interests include sustainability in archaeology, incorporated into my own research by the large-scale use of legacy data, as well as the manifestation of past social and economic relations in material culture.

After working as a field archaeologist for two years, I am returning to academia to undertake a PhD project at Cambridge that brings together all of these themes. My research is aimed at collating and synthesising the chemical compositions of pre-Columbian gold and copper alloys, from the area encompassing the Southern Central Andes to present-day Mexico. In order to seek and explain temporal and regional patterns in metallurgical practices, I will focus on systematically mapping the compositional diversity present in archaeological metal artefacts found across the research area of interest.

Other academic interests

Materials science


Computational archaeology

Archaeology of the Americas

Sustainable archaeologies

Field archaeology

Department: Archaeology
Supervisor: Professor Marcos Martinón-Torres
College: St John’s College
AHRC subject area: Archaeology
Title of thesis: Regional and Temporal Patterns in the Composition of Pre-Columbian Gold and Copper Alloys
 Jasmine  Vieri