Dr. Marco Madella | Department of History

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Marco Madella
Dr. Marco
Madella
Honorary Professor
Department of History and Archaeology
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS)
Shiv Nadar University
India
Profile Summary 

Marco Madella is ICREA Research Professor at the University Pompeu Fabra - Barcelona. He holds Honorary Professorships at Shiv Nadar University in India and at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Previously Marco was Director of Studies in Archaeology and Anthropology at St Edmunds College and Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. He has also been a Professor in Archaeobotany at the University of Sheffield with the Marie Curie Programme and Visiting Professor at the Research Institute for Nature and Humanities in Kyoto (Japan). He is president of the European Association of South Asian Archaeology and Arts and a previous president of the International Phytolith Society. Over the past twenty-five years he has been awarded grants and fellowships including those from the British Academy, Accademia dei Lincei (Italy), the European Union and the Spanish Ministry of Research as well as private foundations such as the BBVA and PALARQ.

Over the last two decades Marco has conducted or participated in several archaeological projects in South Asia (NoGAP, ModAgrO), Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, Iran, and South Africa. The key interest driving most of  Marco’s research is in the agricultural and socio-economic development of the Indus Valley Civilization of South Asia. However, he is generally interested in the transition to farming in different ecological settings.

Educational Qualifications 
Ph.D. (Archaeology)
University of Cambridge
MSc (Botany)
State University of Milan
BSc (Botany)
State University of Milan
Work Experience 
2014
ICREA Research Professor in Environmental Archaeology,
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Department of Humanities,
Barcelona, Spain
20062013
ICREA Research Professor, Institución Milà y Fontanals ,
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC),
Barcelona, Spain
20042006
Director of Studies (Archaeology and Anthropology),
St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge (UK)
Affiliated Lecturer,
Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge (UK)
Teaching & Research Interests: 

Research Interests: My key interest is in the agricultural and socio-economic development of the Indus Valley Civilization of South Asia. I am generally interested in the transition to farming in different ecological settings and I have also been working on remote sensing for heritage. 

Teaching interests: Archaeobotany, South Asia, Ancient Food, Palaeoenvironment

Awards(Selected): 
20202021

Foundation PALARQ. ModAgrO - Modeling the Agricultural Origins and Urbanism in South Asia (excavations grant)

2020

INQUA International Focus Group. Holocene Global Landuse (HoLa)

20192022

Moving MarketPlaces (MMP): Following the Everyday Production of Inclusive Public Spaces. HERA Programme - Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe.

20192021

EU Marie Curie Actions – Scientist in charge. Two-years post-doc contract: Examining Pan-Neotropical Diasporas (EXPAND)

20182020

EU Marie Curie Actions – Scientist in charge. Two-years post-doc contract: Dung as Construction Material During the Emergence of Animal Domestication: A Multi-Proxy Approach (MapDung)

20182019

Foundation PALARQ. ModAgrO - Modeling the Agricultural Origins and Urbanism in South Asia (excavations grant)

20172020

AGAUR (Catalan Research Agency) Grups de Recerca Reconeguts i Finançats per la Generalitat de Catalunya (Quality Research Group). CaSEs Culture and Socio-Ecological Dynamics

2018

INQUA International Focus Group. Holocene Global Landuse (HoLa)

20162018

EU Marie Curie Actions – Scientist in charge. Two-years post-doc contract: The Early Peopling of Amazonia and the Beginning of Plant Domestication (EppAm)

2017

INQUA International Focus Group. Holocene Global Landuse (HoLa)

2017

PAGES funding for LandCover6K: European land-use at 6000 BP, May 22-23 2018, Barcelona. Whitehouse, N.J. (PI), Antolin, F. (Co-I), Madella, M. (Co-I)

20152017

BBVA Foundation – Inaccessible and endangered archaeological landscapes: Earth Observation and 3D technologies for the protection and preservation of cultural heritage (PaisArque)

Scholarly Activity

Journal Publications (accepted or published)

2021

C Santiago-Marrero , C Tzorakis , C Lancelotti and M Madella
A microbotanical and microwear perspective to plant processing activities and foodways at Neolithic Çatalhöyük'. Plos One, 16, 6, e0252312.

2021

C Lancelotti, RM Martínez-Sanchez, JC Ver Rodríguez, G Pérez-Jordà, L Peña-Chocarro, S Biagetti and M Madella
Phytolith analyses from Khil and Kaf Taht el-Ghar (Western Maghreb): plant use trajectories in a long-term perspective'. Journal of Archaeological Science Reporst, 37, 102921.

2021

W Out, A Mieth, S Pla-Rabes, M Madella, S Khamnueva-Wendt, C Langan, S Dreibrodt, S  Mersburger, HR Bork
Prehistoric pigment production on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), c. AD 1200-1650: New insights from Vaipu and Poike based on phytoliths, diatoms and C-14 dating', Holocene, 31, 4, 592 - 606.

2021

KD Morrison, E Hammer, O Boles, M Madella, et al (64 total authors)
Mapping past human land use using archaeological data: a new classification for global land use synthesis and data harmonization. PLOS One (in press)

2020

H Orengo, FC Conesa, A Garcia-Molsosa, A Lobo, AS Green, M Madella, C Petrie
Automated detection of archaeological mounds using machine-learning classification of multisensor and multitemporal satellite data. Proc. Nat. Academy of Science, vol. 117 no. 31 18240-18250, doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2005583117

2020

J Wolfhagen, R Veropoulidou, … M Madella, … J Wainwright
The seasonality of wetland and riparian taskscapes at Çatalhöyük, Near Eastern Archaeology 83(2):98-109

2020

SP Harrison, MJ Gaillard, B Stocker, M Vander Linden, KK Goldewijk, … M Madella, et al.
Development and testing scenarios for implementing land use and land cover changes during the Holocene in Earth system model experiments. Geoscientific Model Development. 13. 805-824.

2020

J Gregorio de Souza, J Alcaina-Mateos, M Madella
Archaeological expansions in tropical South America during the late Holocene: Assessing the role of demic diffusion, PLOS ONE 15(4): e0232367. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0232367

2020

JJ García-Granero, M Skoula, A Sarpaki, M Cárdenas, M Madella, and A Bogaard.
A Long-Term Assessment of the Use of Phoenix theophrasti Greuter (Cretan Date Palm): The Ethnobotany and Archaeobotany of a Neglected Palm. Journal of Ethnobiology 40(1):101-114.

2019

AU Kay, Fuller DQ, Neumann K, Eichhorn B, Hohn A, Morin-Rivat J, Champion L, Linseele V, Huysecom E, Ozainne S, Lespez L, Biagetti S, Madella M, Salzmann U, Kaplan JO
Diversification, Intensification and Specialization: Changing Land Use in Western Africa from 1800 BC to AD 1500, Journal of World Prehistory 32(2):179-228

2019

V Ahedo, J Caro, E Bortolini, D Zurro, M Madella, JM Galan
Quantifying the relationship between food sharing practices and socio-ecological variables in small-scale societies: A cross-cultural multi-methodological approach, PLOS ONE 14(5): e0216302

2019

E Bortolini, S Biagetti, G Frinchillucci, H Abukhar, AA Warsame &M Madella
Newly found stone cairns in Mudug region, Puntland: a preliminary report, Azania - Archaeological Research in Africa 54(1):94-106

2019

S Gur-Arieh, M Madella, N Lavi & D Friesem
Potentials and limitations for the identification of outdoor dung plasters in humid tropical environment: a geo-ethnoarchaeological case study from South India, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 11(6):2683-2698

2019

U Lombardo, Ruiz-Perez J, Rodrigues L, Mestrot A, Mayle F, Madella M, Szidat S, Veit H
Holocene land cover change in south-western Amazonia inferred from paleoflood archives, Global and Planetary Change 174:105-114

2019

Lancelotti, C; Biagetti, S; Zerboni, A; Usai, D; Madella, M.
The archaeology and ethnoarchaeology of rain-fed cultivation in arid and hyper-arid North Africa. Antiquity 93(370): 1026-1039.

2018

MJ Gaillard, KD Morrison, M Madella, N Whitehouse
Past land-use and land-cover change: the challenge of quantification at the subcontinental to global scales. Past Global Changes Magazine 26(1):3.

2018

KD Morrison, E Hammer, L Popova, M. Madella, N. Whitehouse, M-J Gaillard and LandCover6k Land-Use Group Members

Global-scale comparisons of human land use: developing shared terminology for land-use practices for global change. Past Global Changes Magazine 26(1):8-9.

2018

S Khamnueva, A Mieth, S Dreibrodt, WA Out, M Madella, HR Bork,
Interpretation of prehistoric reddish pit fillings on Easter Island: A micromorphological perspective, Spanish Journal of Soil Science, 8(2):236 - 257.

2018

U Lombardo, C McMichael, EK Tamanaha and workshop participants (includes M Madella)
Mapping pre-Columbian land use in Amazonia. Past Global Changes Magazine 26(1):14-15.

2018

S Biagetti, C Lancelotti, A Zerboni, D Usai, M Madella
The unexpected land use: rain-fed agriculture in drylands. Past Global Changes Magazine 26(1):20-21.

2018

L Bell, E Crema, MJ Bunting, M Madella
Simulating vegetation in ancient Japan using HUMPOL: a pollen-based multi-scenario modeling approach. Past Global Changes Magazine 26(1):22-23.

2018

FC Conesa, JJosé García-Granero, M Madella, AL Balbo, CS Gadekar, C Lancelotti, SV Rajesh, P Ajithprasad
Poblament, recursos i medi ambient en zones àrides: el North Gujarat Archaeological Project (NoGAP). Tribuna de Arqueologia 2014-15, 189:216.

2018

N Whitehouse, M Madella & F Antolin
European land-use at 6000 BP: from on-site data to the large-scale view', Past Global Changes Magazine, vol. 26, no. 2, pp 90.

2017

MR Calegari, M Madella, …, P Vidal-Torrado
Potential of soil phytoliths, organic matter and carbon isotopes for small-scale differentiation of tropical rainforest vegetation: A pilot study from the campos nativos of the Atlantic Forest in Espírito Santo State (Brazil). Quaternary International, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2016.01.023

2017

JJ Garcia-Granero, C Gadekar, I Esteban, C Lancelotti, M Madella, P Ajithprasad.
What is on the craftsmen’s menu? Plant consumption at Datrana, a 5000-year-old lithic blade workshop in North Gujarat, India. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 9(2):251–263

2017

M Salpeteur, M Madella, HR Patel & V Reyes-Garcia
Adaptation, Access to Resources and Mobility: from Contemporary Pastoral Systems to Ancient Societies, Nomadic Peoples, 21, 2, 191 - 213.

2017

JJ Garcia-Granero, C Lancelotti, M Madella
 A methodological approach to the study of microbotanical remains from grinding stones: a case study in northern Gujarat (India), Vegetation History & Archaeobotany 26(1):43-57

2017

D Friesem, N Lavi, M Madella, et al.
The formation of fire residues associated with hunter-gatherers in humid tropical environments: A geo-ethnoarchaeological perspective. Quaternary Science Reviews 171:85-99

2017

F Conesa, A Lobo, J Alcaina, A Balbo, M Madella, et al. 
Multi-proxy survey of open-air surface scatters in drylands: Archaeological and physico-chemical characterisation of fossilised dunes in North Gujarat (India). Quaternary International 436:57-75

2017

W Out, M Madella
Towards improved detection and identification of crop by-products: Morphometric analysis of bilobate leaf phytoliths of Pennisetum glaucum and Sorghum bicolor. Quaternary International 434:1-14

2017

S Biagetti, S Merlo, Stefania; E Adam, …, M Madella
High and Medium Resolution Satellite Imagery to Evaluate Late Holocene Human-Environment Interactions in Arid Lands: A Case Study from the Central Sahara. Remote Sensing 9(4), Article Number: 351

2017

W Out, M Madella
Morphometric distinction between bilobate phytoliths from Panicum miliaceum and Setaria italica leaves. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 9(2):293-293 (Erratum)

2017

V Reyes-Garcia, D Zurro, J Caro, M Madella
Small-scale societies and environmental transformations: coevolutionary dynamics. Ecology & Society 22(1), Article Number: 15