Gómez Puche, Magda

Postdoctoral Researcher Associate

Phone: (+34) 607 982 079



Sponsor: European Research Council Executive Agency - H2020 (ref. ERC-2015- CoG – GA 683018)

PhD in History at the Valencia University (2009). My doctoral dissertation addressed the identification and interpretation of Neolithic habitat structures, dealing with variation at intra-site spatial organization level. Upon this empirical approach I tackled social issues particularly the evolution of kinship ties and the emergence of social inequalities.

From 2005 to 2007, I was co-director of the archaeological fieldwork at two Holocene sites in Villena area, Arenal de la Virgen and Casa Corona. I have been involved also in 2013, 2014 archaeological campaigns at Casa Corona, as a research assistant of the project manager.

As a postdoctoral researcher I have attended several courses on Modeling spatial diffusion processes and dispersal processes in Social Science (2010), Spatial Data Infrastructure (2012), Radiocarbon dating (2013), and Remote Sensing, Photogrametry and LIDAR (2015).

From November 2015 I have a postdoctoral research contract at IPHES in the research unit named COMPATHEVOL (Complex Paths on Human Evolution). I'm working in the project "Multi-scalar approaches to demographic dynamics between the Late Magdalenian and the Late Mesolithic in the Iberian Peninsula", funded by Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (HAR2015-70685-ERC). My main tasks involve data and metadata management and chronological modeling.

Research Interest

  • Social complexity and cultural evolution.
  • Socio-ecological dynamics and demographic patterns in the Mediterranean and Iberian Prehistory.
  • Cultural material Intra-site patterns. Geographic Information Systems Spatial Technologies.
  • Quantitative Methods and Radiocarbon Modeling.
  • Household Archaeology.
  • Prehistoric architecture.

Current projects

MULTISCALAR-DEM. Multi-scalar approaches to demographic dynamics between the Late Magdalenian and the Late Mesolithic in the Iberian Peninsula. (HAR2015-70685-ERC). Role: Postdoctoral researcher. Funding Agency: Proyectos “Europa Excelencia” 2015, Programa Estatal de Fomento de la Investigación Científica y Técnica de Excelencia, MINECO (Spain). Time period: 01/11/2015-31/10/2016. 

POSTGLACIAL-MED. Environmental dynamics and human responses during the Postglacial in the Mediterranean facade of Iberia (c. 12,700-8,000 cal BP) (HAR2013-41197-P). Role: Postdoctoral researcher. PI: Dr. Javier Fernández López de Pablos and Dr. Francesc Burjachs. Funding Agency: MINECO Excelencia 2013, Programa Estatal de Fomento de la Investigación Científica y Técnica de Excelencia, MINECO (Spain). Time period: 01/01/2014-31/12/2016.

Publications (Selection)

Journal Articles

2013 Yanes, Y., Gómez-Puche, M., Esquembre, M. A., Fernández-López de Pablo, J. Younger Dryas-Early Holocene transition in the south-eastern Iberian Peninsula: insights from land snail Shell middens. Journal of Quaternary Science 28(8): 777-788.

2012 Fernández-López de Pablo, J., Salazar-García, D.C., Subirà-Galdacano, M.E., Roca de Togores, C., Gómez-Puche, M., Richards, M.P., Esquembre-Bebia, M.A., Late Mesolithic burials at Casa Corona (Villena, Spain): direct radiocarbon and palaeodietary evidence of the last forager populations in Eastern Iberia. Journal of Archaeological Science 40(1): 671-680.

2011 Fernández-López de Pablo, J., Gómez-Puche, M., Martínez-Ortí, A. Systematic consumption of non-marine gastropods at open-air Mesolithic sites in the Iberian Mediterranean region. Quaternary International 244: 45 -53.

2011 Fernández-López de Pablo, J., Gómez-Puche, M., Ferrer, C., YLL, R. El Arenal de la Virgen (Villena, Alicante), primer asentamiento perilacustre del Mesolítico de Muescas y Denticulados en la Península Ibérica: datos culturales, cronoestratigráficos y contextualización paleoambiental. Zephyrus, LXVIII: 87-114.

Book chapters

2011 Gómez Puche, M. El barro cocido. In La Vital (Gandía, Valencia). Vida y muerte en la desembocadura del Serpis durante el III y el I milenio AC. Serie de Trabajos Varios del S.I.P.,113: 229 - 234.

2011 Gómez Puche, M., Pérez Jordà, G., Carrión Marco, Y. El espacio de la ocupación prehistórica. In La Vital (Gandía, Valencia). Vida y muerte en la desembocadura del Serpis durante el III y el I milenio AC. Serie de Trabajos Varios del S.I.P.,113: 53 - 82.

2006 Gómez Puche. Estudio de los fragmentos de barro cocido en el yacimiento de la "Illeta dels Banyets" (El Campello, Alicante). La ocupación prehistórica de la "Illeta dels Banyets" (El Campello, Alicante). Monografías del Museo Arqueológico Provincial de Alicante, 5: 270 – 279.

Contributions to edited books

2015 Gómez-Puche, M. Fernández-López de Pablo, J., AMS radiocarbon chronology of Late Mesolithic sites in the Upper Vinalopó Valley (Eastern Iberia). Proceedings of the International Conference Muge, 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Mesolithic Shellmiddens vol 2. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 109-124.

2014 FernándezLópez de Pablo, J., Gómez Puche, M.M.. Esquembre Bebia, M.A. Casa Corona (Villena, Alicante, Spain). In Sala, R. (ed.), Pleistocene and Holocene huntergatherers in Iberia and the Gibraltar Strait: the current archaeological record. Universidad de Burgos.Fundación Atapuerca: 331-337.