Dr Maria Fontanals-Coll
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow

Profile

Biography

Maria is a Biologist and Physical Anthropologist, with a passionate interest in understanding all the processes that influenced the subsistence patterns and the way of life of ancient communities. Especially the dietary revolution occurred with the adoption of farming practices during the Mesolithic – Neolithic transition.

She joined BioArCh as a Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Postodctoral fellow to conduct the project “NEOMEDIS: Neolithic Mediterranean diet through stable isotope analysis”, with Prof Oliver Craig and Dr André Carlo Colonese as supervisors.

Having graduated with a BSc degree in Biology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2009, focusing on Animal Biology, she went on to study for an MSc degree in Human Biology, run jointly between the Universitat de Barcelona and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She completed her MSc dissertation on the palaeodietary reconstruction of the Mesolithic groups of the Portuguese Sado Valley through Carbon and Nitrogen stable isotope analysis (δ13C and δ15N), in 2011.

Maria completed a PhD in Biodiversity (specialty in Biological Anthropology) at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2015, on the subsistence patterns of the Neolithic communities from the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula, using δ13C and δ15N analysis as the main technique of study. 

Research

Overview

My research interests focus in all the environmental and socio-economic aspects that influenced the subsistence patterns of ancient communities.  Bioarchaeology and the application of some biomolecular techniques are fantastic tools to get information about key aspects of human diet and mobility, social and econòmic evolution, health and the environment.

I have specialized in δ13C and δ15N stable isotope analysis, but I am particularly interested in combine multidisciplinary techniques to study the palaeodietary changes occurred in temporal transitions during the prehistory.

The NEOMEDIS: Neolithic Mediterranean diet through stable isotope analysis project combines a broad range of analytical techniques (δ13C, δ15N and δ34S analysis; CSIA-AA; Bayesian Model FRUITS) in order to shed more light about the effect/impact that the neolithization process had on the human diet. The project involves human, faunal and grain remains samples from different sites from eastern Iberian Peninsula, southern France and western Italy, with a chronology span that comprises the Mesolithic to the Middle Neolithic.

Projects

Previous projects

  • Aproximación a las primeras comunidades neolíticas del N-E peninsular a través de sus prácticas funerarias (HAR2011-23149).
  • Cambios en la alimentación humana en la transición mesolítico-primeros agricultores del Sur de la Península Ibérica (CGL2008-03368-E/BOS).
  • Estudio de las características antropológicas de las poblaciones en transición Mesolítico-Neolítico del nordeste de la Península Ibérica (CGL2009- 07572-E/BOS).
  • Estudio de las características antropológicas de las poblaciones en transición Mesolítico - primeros agricultores del sur de la Península Ibérica (PT2009-0018).

Publications

Selected publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Cubas M, Peyroteo-Stjerna, Fontanals-Coll M, Colonese A, Llorente-Rodríguez L, Lucquin A, Craig O. 2018. Long-term dietary change in Atlantic and Mediterranean Iberia with the introduction of agriculture: a stable isotope perspective. Archaeol and Anthropol Sci. 12520, 1-12 doi.org/10.1007/s12520-018-0752-1

Salazar-García DC, Fontanals-Coll M, Goude G, Subirà ME. 2018. "To 'seafood' or not to 'seafood'?" The dietary preferences at the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in the Western Mediterranean. Quaternary International 470, 497-510.

Gibaja JF, Fontanals-Coll M, Duboscq S, Oms FX, Augé A, Santos FJ, Morell B, Subirà ME. 2017. Human Diet and the Chronology of Neolithic Societies in the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula: the necropolises of Puig d'en Roca and Can Gelats (Girona). Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 9(5): 903-913.

Fontanals-Coll M, Subirà ME, Díaz-Zorita M, Gibaja JF. 2016. First insight into the Neolithic subsistence economy in the north-east Iberian Peninsula: palaeodietary reconstruction through stable isotopes. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.DOI 10.1002/ajpa.23083

Remolins G, Gibaja JF, Allièse F, Fontanals-Coll M, Martin P, Masclans A, Mazzucco N, Mozota M, Oliva M, Oms X, Santos FJ, Terradas X, Subira ME, Llovera X. 2016. The Neolithic Necropolis of La Feixa del Moro (Juberri, Andorra): new data on the first farming communities in the Pyrenees. Comptes Rendus Palevol 15(5):537-554.

Remolins G, Gibaja JF, Allièse F, Duboscq S, Fontanals M, Martin P, Masclans A, Mazzucco N, Mozota M, Oliva M, Oms X, Santos FJ, Terradas X, Subira ME, Llovera X. 2016. La nécropole néolithique de la Feixa del Moro (Juberri, Andorre): révision et nouvelles données. Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Française 113(2): 265-289

Fontanals-Coll M, Díaz-Zorita M, Subirà ME. 2015. A Palaeodietary Study of Stable Isotope Analysis from a High-status Burial in the Copper Age: The Montelirio Megalithic Structure at Valencina de la Concepción-Castilleja de Guzmán, Spain. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. DOI. 10.1002/oa.2435.

Fontanals-Coll M, Subirà ME, Díaz-Zorita M, Duboscq S, Gibaja JF. 2015. Investigating palaeodietary and social differences between two differentiated sectors of a Neolithic community, La Bòbila Madurell-Can Gambús (north-east Iberian Peninsula). Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 3:160-170.

Gibaja JF, Subirà ME, Fontanals-Coll M, López D, Masclans A, Martín A, Martín P, Mozota M, Oliva M, Oms X, Remolins G. 2015. Conociendo las poblaciones neolíticas del interior de Catalunya a través de sus practices funerarias. MNEMÒSINE, Revista Catalana de Museologia, 114-119. ISBN: 978-84-393-9245-3.

Fontanals-Coll M, Subirà ME, Marín-Moratalla N, Ruiz J, Gibaja JF. 2014. From Sado Valley to Europe: Mesolithic dietary practices through different geographic distributions. Journal of Archaeological Science 50, 539-550.

 

Book chapters

Gibaja JF, Subirà ME, López D, Martín P, Mozota M, Oms X, Fontanals-Coll M, Ruiz J, Palomo A, Allièse F. La Necrópolis de Puig d’en Roca (Girona). In: Gibaja JF, Subirà ME, Martín A, Mozota M, Roig J, Eds. Mirando a la Muerte: Las practicas funerarias durante el neolítico del noreste peninsular. (In Press)

Remolins G, Gibaja JF, Subirà ME, Llovera X, Fontanals M, Martin P, Oms X, Mazzucco N, Mozota M, Oliva M, Terradas X. La necropolis de la Feixa del Moro (Juberri, Andorra). In: Gibaja JF, Subirà ME, Martín A, Mozota M, Roig J, Eds. Mirando a la Muerte: Las practicas funerarias durante el neolítico del noreste peninsular. (In Press)

Maria Fontanals-Coll, Marta Díaz-Zorita Bonilla, M. Eulàlia Subirà. 2017. Análisis de isótopos estables de los restos humanos de Montelirio. In: Fernández-Flores A, García-Sanjuán L, Díaz Zorita M (Eds.), Montelirio: Un gran monumento megalítico de la Edad del Cobre, pp.443-448. ISBN 978-84-9959-236-7.

M. Nekane Marín-Moratalla, Maria Fontanals-Coll and M Eulàlia Subirà, 2011. Contribución al conocimiento de la alimentación de los individuos de la Vital, desde el análisis de los elementos traza. In: Pérez Jordà G, Bernabeu Aubán J, Carrión Marco Y, García Puchol O, Molina Balaguer Ll, Gómez Puche M (Eds.). La Vital (Gandia, Valencia): vida y muerte en la desembocadura del Serpis durante el III y el I milenio a.C. Museu de Prehistòria de València, ISBN 978-84-7795-613-6 pp. 145-150.

 

Publications in meeting proceedings

Gibaja JF, Subirà ME, Fontanals-Coll M, López D, Msclans A, Martín A, Martín P, Mazota M, Oliva M, Remolins G. 2014. Coneixent les poblacions neolítiques de la Catalunya interior gràcies a les seves pr.ctiques funeràries. III Jornades d’Arqueologia de la Catalunya Central, 17th-18th October, Roda de Ter, Museu Arqueològic de l’Esquerda. Biblioteca de Catalunya ISBN 9788439392453.

Barceló M, Kirchner H, Riera-Rullan M, Antolín F, Fadrique T, Fontanals-Coll M, González-Ruiz M, Malgosa A, Martin M, Martucci L, Pons GX, Piqué R, Ramis D, Simón M, Subirà ME, Warren G. 2013. Primavera de 1230: Andalusins refugiats a la Serra de Llevant (Mallorca). V Jornades d’arqueologia de les Illes Balears, pp: 229-239.

Ruiz J, Muncunill J, Fontanals-Coll MSubirà ME. 2012. Morfología dental en poblaciones Mesoltíticas y Neolíticas del Mediterráneo. Una aproximación a las relaciones filogenéticas entre poblaciones Mesolíticas y Neolíticas del levante peninsular a partir de la morfología dental. Rubricatum, Revista del Museu de Gavà, 5 pp. 79-86. ISSN. 1135-3791.

Fontanals-Coll M, Marín-Moratalla MN, Ruiz J, Subirà, ME. 2011. Atlantic versus Mediterranean Mesolithic shell middens in Iberian Peninsula. An approach to the human diet from stable isotopes analysis. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on the Mesolithic in Europe (MESO2010). [Not yet published]

Maria Fontanals-Coll, Marie Cure postdoctoral researcher

Contact details

Dr Maria Fontanals-Coll
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postodctoral Fellow
Archaeology
BioArCh-University of York
Environment Building, Wentworth Way
Heslington
York
YO10 5NG

Tel: +44 (0)7470701372

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