Dr Marcos Garcia-Garcia
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Profile

Biography

Marcos has a BA in History from the University of Granada (Spain) and a MSc in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy from the University of Sheffield, specializing in zooarchaeology. He completed his PhD in History and Arts Studies at the University of Granada in 2019, focusing on the historical and zooarchaeological analysis of the patterns of exploitation and consumption of animals in southern Iberia during the Early Middle Ages. In 2019 he joined BioArCh as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow associated to the AHRC-funded project ‘Landscapes of (Re)Conquest’ (https://research.reading.ac.uk/re-conquest/) with Dr Michelle Alexander as supervisor.

Research

Overview

Marcos’ research so far has been mainly focused on the study of the interactions between humans and animals during the early Islamic period (8th-11th centuries) in southern Iberia. His PhD aimed to examine how animal products, particularly animal-based food items, were produced, distributed, prepared and consumed, contributing to the understanding of the islamisation of Iberia, conceived as a fluid and gradual historical process of sociocultural and ethnoreligious change.

 

Key research interests

  • History and archaeology of medieval Iberia.
  • Zooarchaeological analysis.
  • Isotopic and biomolecular analysis.
  • Food systems and sociocultural change during the Middle Ages.
  • Animal husbandry and agriculture.
  • Urban provisioning.
  • Dissemination of historical knowledge.

 

Projects

The AHRC-funded project ‘Landscapes of (Re)Conquest’ (https://research.reading.ac.uk/re-conquest/) in which he is currently involved aims to provide the first integrated, comparative study of medieval frontiers in south-western Europe, with a focus on Spain and Pyrenean France, from different analytical perspectives. His role in the project deals with the zooarchaeological and biomolecular analysis of human and animal remains from a set of sites located in different regions of Iberia and southern France.

Publications

Selected publications

  • García-García, M. (2019). Explotación y consumo de los animales en el sudeste de la península ibérica durante la Alta Edad Media (siglos VII-XII): perspectivas históricas y arqueozoológicas. Universidad de Granada. ISBN: 978-84-1306-137-5.
  • Malpica, A., Villar, S.; García-García, M. & García-Contreras, G. (2019). Animal husbandry and saltworks in the Kingdom of Granada (13th-15th centuries): the dynamics of landscapes in a Mediterranean territory. In Mediterranean Landscapes in Post Antiquity. New frontiers and new perspectives. Edited by S. Gelichi & L. Olmo, pp. 163-172. Archaeopress Archaeology.
  • García-García, M, M. & Moreno, M. (2018). De huertas y rebaños: reflexiones históricas y ecológicas sobre el papel de la ganadería en al-Andalus y aportaciones arqueozoológicas para su estudio. Historia Agraria, Revista de Agricultura e Historia Rural, 76, 267-307.
  • Grau, I. & García-García, M, M. (2018). Zooarqueología y Edad Media en la península ibérica. In Treinta años de Arqueología Medieval en España. Edited by J.A. Quirós, pp. 341-364. Archaeopress Archaeology.
  • Villar, S.; García-García, M. (eds.) (2017). Ganadería y Arqueología Medieval. Alhulia.
  • García-García, M. (2017). Some remarks on the provision of animal products to urban centres in medieval Islamic Iberia: the cases of Madinat Ilbirah (Granada) and Cercadilla (Cordova). Quaternary International, 460, 86-96.
  • Navas, E.; Román, J.; García-García, M.; et al. (2017). Vida cotidiana a través de la cultura material y los restos arqueofaunísticos de una villa romana de Granada. Antiqvitas, 29, 109-124.
  • García-García, M. (2017). El abastecimiento urbano de productos animales en al- Andalus: reflexiones en torno a su estudio arqueológico. En Ganadería y Arqueología Medieval. Edited by S. Villar & M. García. pp. 73-97. Alhulia. ISBN: 978-84-948006-1-0.
  • García-García, M. (2016). Archaeozoology's contribution to the knowledge of al-Andalus. In Al-Andalus: Archaeology, History and Memory. Edited by J.C. Carvajal, pp. 33-39. UCL Qatar Series in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage.
  • García-García, M. (2016). Primeros resultados del estudio arqueozoológico del Tolmo de Minateda (Hellín, Albacete): caracterización preliminar de la muestra derivada del basurero de época visigoda del Reguerón. In Actas de la I Reunión Científica de Arqueología de Albacete, 637-658.
  • Villar, S. & García-García, M. (2016). Propuestas para el estudio de la ganadería andalusí. Aproximaciones desde los registros arqueológico y etnográfico. In: El Registro Arqueológico y la Arqueología Medieval. Edited by G. García-Contreras & A. Malpica, 257-296. Alhulia.
  • Malpica, A.; Fernández, E. & García-García, M. (2015). La alimentación en Madinat Ilbira a partir del análisis de la cerámica y de la arqueozoología. In Memória dos Sabores de Mediterraneo, pp. 83-100. Campo Arqueológico de Mértola.
  • García-García, M. (2014). Faunal remains from Madinat Ilbirah. Animal economy and status in a medieval Islamic town in southern Spain, Assemblage, 86-100.
  • Mattei, L.; García-García, M. et al. (2014). Iluminando sepulturas rupestres. Primeros datos arqueológicos sobre la necrópolis y el poblado altomedieval de Tózar (Granada). Revista del Centro de Estudios Históricos de Granada y su reino. 26, 3-32.
  • García-García, M. (2013). Estudio zooarqueológico del material recuperado de Madinat Ilbira: Distribución y consumo de los productos animales en un asentamiento andalusí de la Vega de Granada durante época altomedieval (siglos IX-X). Debates de Arqueología Medieval, 3, 27-74.
  • García-García, M. (2011). Aportaciones de la Arqueobiología para el conocimiento de la Alta Edad Media peninsular. Estrat Crític, 5(2), 445-453.

Contact details

Dr Marcos Garcia-Garcia
Postdoctoral Research fellow
Archaeology-BioArCh
University of York
Environment building, Wentworth way
York
Y010 5NG