Martina Demuro

Dr Martina Demuro

ARC DECRA Fellow

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


I am a luminescence dating specialist currently working on reconstructing Quaternary environmental, palaeontological and archaeological histories in southwest Europe.

I obtained my PhD at the University of Wollongong in 2009. The research focussed on quartz OSL dating of Late Pleistocene perennially-frozen loess deposits from the Yukon Territory and Alaska (eastern Beringia). OSL chronologies generated during my doctorate were used to improve tephro-chronological frameworks in the region and resolve ancient DNA (aDNA) histories of extinct fauna.

In 2011 I was awarded a three year Marie Curie grant (IRG 276810) to undertake postdoctoral research at the CENIEH (Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana, Spain). This research focussed on the development and application of extended-range luminescence dating techniques (post-IR IRSL and single-grain TT-OSL approaches) at Early/Middle Pleistocene archaeological and palaeontological sites from southwest Europe, particularly the UNESCO World Heritage site of Atapuerca (Burgos, Spain).

I recently completed an ARC DECRA Research Fellowship (DE160100743) at the University of Adelaide. That research utilised extended-range luminescence dating techniques to reconstruct early human evolutionary histories and cultural turnovers at a range of archaeological and fossil sites across the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal).

I am currently empoyed under an ARC Linkage grant to apply these luminescence dating techniques to cave sedimentary sequences at Naracoorte Caves palaeontological sites (South Australia) to investigate the timing of megafaunal extinctions in the Australian continent.

I am a luminescence dating specialist currently working on reconstructing Quaternary environmental, palaeontological and archaeological histories in southwest Europe.

I obtained my PhD at the University of Wollongong in 2009. The research focussed on quartz OSL dating of Late Pleistocene perennially-frozen loess deposits from the Yukon Territory and Alaska (eastern Beringia). OSL chronologies generated during my doctorate were used to improve tephro-chronological frameworks in the region and resolve ancient DNA (aDNA) histories of extinct fauna.

In 2011 I was awarded a three year Marie Curie grant (IRG 276810) to undertake postdoctoral research at the CENIEH (Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana, Spain). This research focussed on the development and application of extended-range luminescence dating techniques (post-IR IRSL and single-grain TT-OSL approaches) at Early/Middle Pleistocene archaeological and palaeontological sites from southwest Europe, particularly the UNESCO World Heritage site of Atapuerca (Burgos, Spain).

I recently completed an ARC DECRA Research Fellowship (DE160100743) at the University of Adelaide. That research utilised extended-range luminescence dating techniques to reconstruct early human evolutionary histories and cultural turnovers at a range of archaeological and fossil sites across the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal).I have worked under an ARC Linkage grant to apply these luminescence dating techniques to cave sedimentary sequences at Naracoorte Caves palaeontological sites (South Australia) to investigate the timing of megafaunal extinctions in the Australian continent.

I am currently an ARC Future Fellow researching Neanderthal histories in southwest Europe.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 ARC Future Fellow The University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2021 ARC Research Fellow The University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2019 ARC DECRA Research Fellow The University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2014 Post-doctoral Researcher (Marie Curie program) Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH)
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Spanish; Castilian Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2005 - 2009 University of Wollongong Australia PhD (Geochronology, Earth and Environmental Sciences)
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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Ruiz, M. N., Benito-Calvo, A., Alonso-Alcalde, R., Alonso, P., Fuente, H. D. L., Santamaría, M., . . . Torres, T. (2021). Late Neanderthal subsistence strategies and cultural traditions in the northern Iberia Peninsula: insights from Prado Vargas, Burgos, Spain. Quaternary Science Reviews, 254, 1-20.
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    2021 Mendez-Quintas, E., Santonja, M., Perez-Gonzalez, A., Demuro, M., Arnold, L. J., & Duval, M. (2021). Early human occupations in Northwest Iberia: the archaeological record of the Lower Mino basin during the second half of the Middle Pleistocene. Comptes Rendus de l'Academie des Sciences: Palevol, 20(1), 1-19.
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    2021 Zilio, L., Hammond, H., Karampaglidis, T., Sánchez-Romero, L., Blasco, R., Rivals, F., . . . Rosell, J. (2021). Examining Neanderthal and carnivore occupations of Teixoneres Cave (Moià, Barcelona, Spain) using archaeostratigraphic and intra-site spatial analysis. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1-20.
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    2021 Zilhão, J., Angelucci, D. E., Arnold, L. J., Demuro, M., Hoffmann, D. L., & Pike, A. W. G. (2021). A revised, Last Interglacial chronology for the Middle Palaeolithic sequence of Gruta da Oliveira (Almonda karst system, Torres Novas, Portugal). Quaternary Science Reviews, 258, 106885-1-106885-9.
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    2021 Daura, J., Sanz, M., Demuro, M., Arnold, L. J., Costa, A. M., Moreno, J., . . . Fullola, J. M. (2021). A new chronological framework and site formation history for Cova del Gegant (Barcelona): Implications for Neanderthal and Anatomically Modern Human occupation of NE Iberian Peninsula. Quaternary Science Reviews, 107141.
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    2020 Demuro, M., Arnold, L. J., Duval, M., Méndez-Quintas, E., Santonja, M., & Pérez-González, A. (2020). Refining the chronology of Acheulean deposits at Porto Maior in the River Miño basin (Galicia, Spain) using a comparative luminescence and ESR dating approach. Quaternary International, 556, 96-112.
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    2020 Bartz, M., Arnold, L. J., Spooner, N. A., Demuro, M., Campaña, I., Rixhon, G., . . . Duval, M. (2020). Publisher Correction: First experimental evaluation of the alpha efficiency in coarse-grained quartz for ESR dating purposes: implications for dose rate evaluation.. Scientific reports, 10(1), 5252.
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    2020 Zilhão, J., Angelucci, D. E., Igreja, M. A., Arnold, L. J., Badal, E., Callapez, P., . . . Souto, P. (2020). Last Interglacial Iberian Neandertals as fisher-hunter-gatherers. Science, 367(6485), 1-15.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS20 Europe PMC2
    2020 Méndez-Quintas, E., Santonja, M., Pérez-González, A., Arnold, L. J., Demuro, M., & Duval, M. (2020). A multidisciplinary overview of the lower Miño River terrace system (NW Iberian Peninsula). Quaternary International, 566-567, 57-77.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS3
    2020 Ochando, J., Carrión, J. S., Blasco, R., Rivals, F., Rufà, A., Demuro, M., . . . Rosell, J. (2020). Neanderthals in a highly diverse, Mediterranean-Eurosiberian forest ecotone: the Pleistocene pollen record of Teixoneres Cave, Northeastern Spain. Quaternary Science Reviews, 241, 106429-1-106421-21.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS4
    2020 Demuro, M., Duval, M., Arnold, L. J., Spooner, N. A., Creighton, D. F., Méndez-Quintas, E., . . . Pérez-González, A. (2020). Insights into the relationship between luminescence and ESR dating signals from Spanish sedimentary quartz samples of different geologic origins. Quaternary International, 556, 165-179.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS1
    2020 Duval, M., Voinchet, P., Arnold, L. J., Parés, J. M., Minnella, W., Guilarte, V., . . . Despriée, J. (2020). A multi-technique dating study of two Lower Palaeolithic sites from the Cher Valley (Middle Loire Catchment, France): Lunery-la Terre-des-Sablons and Brinay-la Noira. Quaternary International, 56, 71-87.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS1
    2020 Benito-Calvo, A., Arnold, L. J., Mora, R., Martinez-Moreno, J., & Demuro, M. (2020). Reconstructing Mousterian landscapes in the southeastern Pyrenees (Roca dels Bous site, Pre-Pyrenees ranges, Spain). QUATERNARY RESEARCH, 97, 167-186.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS2
    2020 Méndez-Quintas, E., Santonja, M., Pérez-González, A., Arnold, L. J., Demuro, M., & Duval, M. (2020). A multidisciplinary overview of the lower Miño River terrace system (NW Iberian Peninsula): a response to comments by Viveen et al. (2020). Quaternary International, 565, 129-135.
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    2020 Méndez-Quintas, E., Santonja, M., Arnold, L. J., Cunha-Ribeiro, J. P., da Silva, P. X., Demuro, M., . . . Pérez-González, A. (2020). The Acheulean Technocomplex of the Iberian Atlantic Margin as an Example of Technology Continuity Through the Middle Pleistocene. Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology, 3(4), 918-943.
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    2019 Demuro, M., Arnold, L., Aranburu, A., Sala, N., & Arsuaga, J. (2019). New bracketing luminescence ages constrain the Sima de los Huesos hominin fossils (Atapuerca, Spain) to MIS 12. Journal of Human Evolution, 131, 76-95.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS18 Europe PMC1
    2019 Demuro, M., Arnold, L. J., Spooner, N. A., Ditchfield, K., & Veth, P. (2019). Corrigendum: Coastal occupation before the “Big Swamp”: Results from excavations at John Wayne Country Rockshelter on Barrow Island: Coastal occupation before the “Big Swamp” (Archaeology in Oceania, (2018), 53, 3, (163-178), 10.1002/arco.5164). Archaeology in Oceania, 54(1), 68-72.
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    2019 Valero-Garcés, B., González-Sampériz, P., Gil Romera, G., Benito, B., Moreno, A., Oliva-Urcia, B., . . . Lane, C. (2019). A multi-dating approach to age-modelling long continental records: The 135 ka El Cañizar de Villarquemado sequence (NE Spain). Quaternary Geochronology, 54, 1-22.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS5
    2019 Méndez-Quintas, E., Demuro, M., Arnold, L., Duval, M., Pérez-González, A., & Santonja, M. (2019). Insights into the late stages of the Acheulean technocomplex of Western
    Iberia from the Arbo site (Galicia, Spain). Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 27, 1-28.

    DOI Scopus9 WoS9
    2019 Bartz, M., Arnold, L. J., Spooner, N. A., Demuro, M., Campaña, I., Rixhon, G., . . . Duval, M. (2019). First experimental evaluation of the alpha efficiency in coarse-grained quartz for ESR dating purposes: implications for dose rate evaluation. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 19769-1-19769-10.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3
    2019 De Deckker, P., Arnold, L., van der Kaars, S., Bayon, G., Stuut, J., Perner, K., . . . Demuro, M. (2019). Marine isotope stage 4 in Australasia: a full glacial culminating 65,000 years ago – global connections and implications for human dispersal. Quaternary Science Reviews, 204, 187-207.
    DOI Scopus16 WoS16
    2019 Demuro, M., Arnold, L., Aranburu, A., Gómez-Olivencia, A., & Arsuaga, J. (2019). Single-grain OSL dating of the Middle Palaeolithic site of Galería de las Estatuas, Atapuerca (Burgos, Spain). Quaternary Geochronology, 49, 254-261.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS10
    2019 Bartz, M., Arnold, L., Demuro, M., Duval, M., King, G., Rixhon, G., . . . Brückner, H. (2019). Single-grain TT-OSL dating results confirm an Early Pleistocene age for the lower Moulouya River deposits (NE Morocco). Quaternary Geochronology, 49, 138-145.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS7
    2019 Arnold, L. A., Demuro, M., Spooner, N., Prideaux, G. J., McDowell, M., Camens, A., . . . Carbonell, E. (2019). Single-grain TT-OSL bleaching characteristics: insights from modern analogues and OSL dating comparisons. Quaternary Geochronology, 49, 45-51.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS9
    2018 Méndez-Quintas, E., Santonja, M., Pérez-González, A., Duval, M., Demuro, M., & Arnold, L. (2018). First evidence of an extensive Acheulean large cutting tool accumulation in Europe from Porto Maior (Galicia, Spain). Scientific Reports, 8(1), 3082-1-3082-13.
    DOI Scopus36 WoS34 Europe PMC2
    2018 Garcia-Ibaibarriaga, N., Suarez-Bilbao, A., Bailon, S., Arrizabalaga, A., Iriarte-Chiapusso, M. -J., Arnold, L., . . . Murelaga, X. (2018). Paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic interpretation of the stratigraphic sequence of Lezetxiki II Cave (Basque Country, Iberian Peninsula) inferred from small vertebrate assemblages. Quaternary Research, 90(1), 164-179.
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    2018 Arriolabengoa, M., Iriarte, E., Aranburu, A., Yusta, I., Arnold, L., Demuro, M., & Arrizabalaga, A. (2018). Reconstructing the sedimentary history of Lezetxiki II cave (Basque Country, northern Iberian Peninsula) using micromorphological analysis. Sedimentary Geology, 372, 96-111.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS9
    2018 Méndez-Quintas, E., Santonja, M., Pérez-González, A., Arnold, L., Cunha Ribeiro, J. P., Demuro, M., . . . Serodio Domínguez, A. (2018). El yacimiento achelense de as Gándaras de Budiño: síntesis y perspectivas después de 50 años de desencuentros. Estudos do Quaternario, 19, 1-22.
    2018 Méndez-Quintas, E., Santonja, M., Pérez-González, A., Arnold, L. J., Ribeiro, J. P. C., Demuro, M., . . . Domínguez, A. S. (2018). The acheulean site of as gándaras de budiño: Synthesis and perspectives after 50 years of disencouters. Estudos do Quaternario, 2018(19), 1-22.
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    2017 Veth, P., Ward, I., Manne, T., Ulm, S., Ditchfield, K., Dortch, J., . . . Kendrick, P. (2017). Early human occupation of a maritime desert, Barrow Island, North-West Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews, 168, 19-29.
    DOI Scopus77 WoS72
    2017 Duval, M., Arnold, L. J., Guilarte, V., Demuro, M., Santonja, M., & Pérez-González, A. (2017). Electron spin resonance dating of optically bleached quartz grains from the Middle Palaeolithic site of Cuesta de la Bajada (Spain) using the multiple centres approach. Quaternary Geochronology, 37, 82-96.
    DOI Scopus41 WoS36
    2016 Ollé, A., Vergès, J., Rodríguez-Álvarez, X., Cáceres, I., Angelucci, D., Vallverdú, J., . . . López-Ortega, E. (2016). The Middle Pleistocene site of La Cansaladeta (Tarragona, Spain): stratigraphic and archaeological succession. Quaternary International, 393, 137-157.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS9
    2016 Arnold, L., Duval, M., Demuro, M., Spooner, N., Santonja, M., & Pérez-González, A. (2016). OSL dating of individual quartz ‘supergrains’ from the Ancient Middle Palaeolithic site of Cuesta de la Bajada, Spain. Quaternary Geochronology, 36, 78-101.
    DOI Scopus26 WoS27
    2015 Demuro, M., Arnold, L., Pare s, J., & Sala, R. (2015). Extended-range luminescence chronologies suggest potentially complex bone accumulation histories at the Early-to-Middle Pleistocene palaeontological site of Huéscar-1 (Guadix-Baza basin, Spain). Quaternary International, 389, 191-212.
    DOI Scopus33 WoS37
    2015 Arnold, L., Demuro, M., Parés, J., Pérez-González, A., Arsuaga, J., Bermúdez de Castro, J., & Carbonell, E. (2015). Evaluating the suitability of extended-range luminescence dating techniques over early and Middle Pleistocene timescales: published datasets and case studies from Atapuerca, Spain. Quaternary International, 389, 167-190.
    DOI Scopus82 WoS73
    2015 Arnold, L., & Demuro, M. (2015). Insights into TT-OSL signal stability from single-grain analyses of known-age deposits at Atapuerca, Spain. Quaternary Geochronology, 30(B), 472-478.
    DOI Scopus43 WoS40
    2015 Daura, J., Sanz, M., Julià, R., García-Fernández, D., Fornós, J. J., Vaquero, M., . . . Zilhão, J. (2015). Cova del Rinoceront (Castelldefels, Barcelona): a terrestrial record for the Last Interglacial period (MIS 5) in the Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Quaternary Science Reviews, 114, 203-227.
    DOI Scopus28 WoS26
    2014 Arsuaga, J., Martínez, I., Arnold, L., Aranburu, A., Gracia-Téllez, A., Sharp, W., . . . Carbonell, E. (2014). Neandertal roots: cranial and chronological evidence from Sima de los Huesos. Science, 344(6190), 1358-1363.
    DOI Scopus260 WoS248 Europe PMC85
    2014 Santonja, M., Pérez-González, A., Domínguez-Rodrigo, M., Panera, J., Rubio-Jara, S., Sesé, C., . . . Yravedra, J. (2014). The Middle Paleolithic site of Cuesta de la Bajada (Teruel, Spain): a perspective on the Acheulean and Middle Paleolithic technocomplexes in Europe. Journal of Archaeological Science, 49(1), 556-571.
    DOI Scopus48 WoS47
    2014 Demuro, M., Arnold, L., Parés, J., Pérez-González, A., Ortega, A., Arsuaga, J., . . . Carbonell, E. (2014). New luminescence ages for the Galería Complex archaeological site: resolving chronological uncertainties on the Acheulean record of the Sierra de Atapuerca, Northern Spain. PLoS One, 9(10), e110169-1-e110169-24.
    DOI Scopus55 WoS55 Europe PMC3
    2014 Arnold, L., Demuro, M., Parés, J., Arsuaga, J., Aranburu, A., Bermúdez de Castro, J., & Carbonell, E. (2014). Luminescence dating and palaeomagnetic age constraint on hominins from Sima de los Huesos, Atapuerca, Spain. Journal of Human Evolution, 67(1), 85-107.
    DOI Scopus90 WoS82 Europe PMC15
    2013 Arnold, L., Demuro, M., Navazo, M., Benito-Calvo, A., & Pérez-González, A. (2013). OSL dating of the Middle Palaeolithic Hotel California site, Sierra de Atapuerca, north-central Spain. Boreas, 42(2), 285-305.
    DOI Scopus56 WoS55
    2013 Demuro, M., Arnold, L., Froese, D., & Roberts, R. (2013). OSL dating of loess deposits bracketing Sheep Creek tephra beds, northwest Canada: Dim and problematic single-grain OSL characteristics and their effect on multi-grain age estimates. Quaternary Geochronology, 15, 67-87.
    DOI Scopus39 WoS40
    2013 Parés, J., Arnold, L., Duval, M., Demuro, M., Pérez-González, A., Bermúdez de Castro, J., . . . Arsuaga, J. (2013). Reassessing the age of Atapuerca-TD6 (Spain): new paleomagnetic results. Journal of Archaeological Science, 40(12), 4586-4595.
    DOI Scopus89 WoS83
    2013 Gutiérrez, F., Valero-Garcés, B., Desir, G., González-Sampériz, P., Gutiérrez, M., Linares, R., . . . Demuro, M. (2013). Late Holocene evolution of playa lakes in the central Ebro depression based on geophysical surveys and morpho-stratigraphic analysis of lacustrine terraces. Geomorphology, 196, 177-197.
    DOI Scopus21 WoS17
    2012 Arnold, L., Demuro, M., & Ruiz, M. (2012). Empirical insights into multi-grain averaging effects from 'pseudo' single-grain OSL measurements. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Luminescence and Electron Spin Resonance Dating, as published in Radiation Measurements, 47(9), 652-658.
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    2012 Demuro, M., Froese, D., Arnold, L., & Roberts, R. (2012). Single-grain OSL dating of glaciofluvial quartz constrains Reid glaciation in NW Canada to MIS 6. Quaternary Research, 77(2), 305-316.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS19
    2012 Arnold, L., Duval, M., Falguères, C., Bahain, J., & Demuro, M. (2012). Portable gamma spectrometry with cerium-doped lanthanum bromide scintillators: suitability assessments for luminescence and electron spin resonance dating applications. Radiation Measurements, 47(1), 6-18.
    DOI Scopus36 WoS35
    2009 Haile, J., Froese, D., MacPhee, R., Roberts, R., Arnold, L., Reyes, A., . . . Willerslev, E. (2009). Ancient DNA reveals late survival of mammoth and horse in interior Alaska. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106(52), 22352-22357.
    DOI Scopus164 WoS150 Europe PMC67
    2008 Demuro, M., Roberts, R. G., Froese, D. G., Arnold, L. J., Brock, F., & Ramsey, C. B. (2008). Optically stimulated luminescence dating of single and multiple grains of quartz from perennially frozen loess in western Yukon Territory, Canada: Comparison with radiocarbon chronologies for the late Pleistocene Dawson tephra. Quaternary Geochronology, 3(4), 346-364.
    DOI Scopus60 WoS57
    2008 Westgate, J. A., Preece, S. J., Froese, D. G., Pearce, N. J. G., Roberts, R. G., Demuro, M., . . . Perkins, W. (2008). Changing ideas on the identity and stratigraphic significance of the Sheep Creek tephra beds in Alaska and the Yukon Territory, northwestern North America. Quaternary International, 178(1), 183-209.
    DOI Scopus58 WoS57
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2018 Arnold, L., & Demuro, M. (2018). Dating and Optically Stimulated Luminescence. In S. L. López Varela (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Archaeological Sciences (pp. .). Wiley-Blackwell.
    2018 Demuro, M., & Arnold, L. (2018). Dating and Infrared Stimulated Luminescence. In S. L. López Varela (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Archaeological Sciences (pp. .). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2003 Demuro, M., & Chisholm, L. (2003). Assessment of Hyperion for characterizing mangrove communities. In Proceedings of the international conference the AVIRIS 2003 Workshop (pp. 18-23). Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  • Internet Publications

    Year Citation
    2018 Demuro, M., Arnold, L., & Duval, M. (2018). Giant handaxes suggest that different groups of early humans coexisted in ancient Europe.. The Conversation.

2011-2014       Marie Curie International Reintegration Grants (PIRG08-GA-2010-276810), European Research Agency, entitled Archives of Early Human Occupation in Western Europe: OSL Chronologies beyond the Middle Pleistocene in the Iberian Peninsula.

2016-2019       Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) (DE160100743), Australian Research Council, entitled Luminescence dating of Middle Pleistocene human histories in Europe.

2020-2025       Future Fellowship (FT) (FT200100816), Australian Research Council, entitled Shedding light on Neanderthal histories using luminescence chronologies.

  • Position: ARC DECRA Fellow
  • Phone: 83130475
  • Email: martina.demuro@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4380
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Mawson, floor 1
  • Room: 1 13
  • Org Unit: Physics

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