Indigenous perspectives

Community Work

Cerro Azul

Settlement of the Americas

Megafauna extinction


Traditional Forest Livelihoods


Mapping Ancient Earthworks


Plants domestication and agricultural dispersals

Amazonian Dark Earths

Human-made tropical soils

Monumental Burials

Je Landscapes of Southern Brazil and Argentina

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The Painted Forest Book

The Painted Forest Book

With an initiative funded by UKRI Translational Funds -Open Innovation Platform we have written and donated 250 books for the Vereda de Cerro Azul community in Guaviare.

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About me

I am an Archaeologist and Archaeobotanist with a strong track record of research on human environmental interactions, the development of agricultural economies, and the emergence of complex societies in lowland South and Central America.

I currently direct the University of Exeter Archaeobotany and Paleoecology Laboratory and I’m member of the Centre for the Archaeology of the Americas and the HUMANE research group.

My research has extensive visibility in international media including BBC, National Geographic, New Scientist, Scientific American to mention a few.


National Geographic Explorer Festival

New light under the Amazon forest

Early rock art symposium

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University of Exeter
HumAnE Bioarchaeology