Dr. Maria Guagnin

mguagnin

Working Group Prof. Dr. Schütt

Researcher

Address
Malteserstr. 74-100, Building H
Room 126
12249 Berlin
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(+49 30) 838 - 70 755
since 11/2017 Dahlem Research Fellow, TOPOI, Institut für Geographische Wissenschaften, Freie Universität Berlin
2016-2017 Postdoctoral researcher with the ERC funded Palaeodeserts Project, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena
2014-2016 Postdoctoral researcher (rock art) with the ERC funded Palaeodeserts Project, University of Oxford
2005-2010 PhD, University of Edinburgh. Thesis title: ‘From Savanna to Desert: Animal Engravings in the Changing Prehistoric Environment of the Wadi al-Hayat, Libyan Sahara’
2005-2006 DAAD PhD scholarship, University of Edinburgh
2003-2004 MSc in Archaeology, University of Edinburgh. Dissertation: ‘Sinai in the Neolithic: Between two Centres of Animal Domestication’
2003-2004 DAAD scholarship, University of Edinburgh
2000-2003 Undergraduate Studies in European Archaeology and Protohistory, Freie Universität Berlin


Projects

Palaeodeserts (http://www.palaeodeserts.com)

Palaeodeserts – Holocene Prehistory of Saudi Arabia
(http://www.shh.mpg.de/370215/population-dynamics-and-climatic-changes-in-the-holocene-prehistory-of-saudi-arabia)



Peer-reviewed publications

In press   

Scerri, E.M.L., Guagnin, M., Groucutt, H.S., Armitage, A.J., Parker, L.E., Drake, N.A., Louys, J., Breeze, P., Zahir, M., Alsharekh, A., Petraglia, M.D. Neolithic pastoralism in extreme marginal environments during the mid-Holocene wet phase, northern Saudi Arabia. Antiquity.

2018

Guagnin, M., Shipton, C., el-Dossary, S., al-Rashid, M., Moussa, F., Stewart, M., Ott, F., Alsharekh, A., Petraglia, M.D. Rock art provides new evidence on the biogeography of kudu (Tragelaphus imberbis), wild dromedary, aurochs (Bos primigenius) and African wild ass (Equus africanus) in the early and middle Holocene of north-western Arabia. Journal of Biogeography. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.13165

2017          

Guagnin, M., Perri, A., Petraglia, D. Earliest evidence for dog-assisted hunting strategies in Arabia. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaa.2017.10.003

Guagnin, M., Shipton, C., al-Rashid, M., Moussa, F., El-Dossary, S., Bin Sleimah, M., Alsharekh, A., Petraglia, M. An Illustrated Prehistory of the Jubbah Oasis: Reconstructing Holocene Occupation Patterns in Northwestern Saudi Arabia from Rock Art and Inscriptions. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 28: 138–152. https://doi.org/10.1111/aae.12089

Guagnin, M., Shipton, C., Martin, L., Petraglia, M. The Neolithic site of Jebel Oraf 2, northern Saudi Arabia: First report of a directly dated site with faunal remains. Archaeological Research in Asia. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ara.2017.02.001

2016          

Guagnin, M., Jennings, R., Eager, H., Parton, A., Stimpson, C., Groucutt, H., Drake, N., Pfeiffer, M., Stepanek, C., Alsharekh, A., Petraglia, M. Rock art imagery as a proxy for Holocene environmental change: a view from Shuwaymis, NW Saudi Arabia. The Holocene 26(11): 1822-1834. DOI 10.1177/0959683616645949

2015          

Guagnin, M., Jennings, R.P., Clark-Balzan, L., Groucutt, H.S., Parton, A., Petraglia, M. Hunters and herders: Exploring the Neolithic transition in the rock art of Shuwaymis, Saudi Arabia. Archaeological Research in Asia 4, 3-16.

Guagnin, M. Animal Engravings in the Central Sahara: A proxy of a proxy. Environmental Archaeology 20 (1), 52-65. DOI 10.1179/1749631414Y

2014          

Barnett, T. and M. Guagnin. Changing places: rock art and Holocene landscapes in the Wadi al-Ajal, south west Libya. Journal of African Archaeology 12 (2), 165-182.

Guagnin, M. Patina and Environment in the Wadi al-Hayat: Towards a Chronology for the Rock Art of the Central Sahara. African Archaeological Review 31 (3), 407-423. DOI 10.1007/s10437-014-9161-8

2007          

Mattingly, D., M. Lahr, S. P. Armitage, H. Barton, J. Dore, N. Drake, R. Foley, J. Stock and K. White (with additional contributions by M. Ahmed, F. Cole, F. Crivellaro, M. Gonzalez Rodriguez, M. Guagnin, S. Jones, V. Karloukovsky, V. Leitch, L. Maher, F. Moussa, A. Radini, I. Reeds, T. Savage, M. Sterry). Desert Migrations: People, Environment and Culture in the Libyan Sahara. Libyan Studies 38, 115-156.

 

Conference publications

In press   

Guagnin, M., Green Arabia: new evidence from the rock art of Jubbah and Shuwaymis. KSA Antiquities Forum, Riyadh.

Guagnin, M., Pastoralists of the southern Nefud Desert: inter-regional contact and local identity. Landscapes of Survival Conference, Leiden

Guagnin, M., The Hunters and Herders of Shuwaymis: New Evidence for the Population Dynamics of the Neolithic Transition in Saudi Arabia. Whatever Happened to the People? Humans and Anthropomorphs in the Rock Art of Northern Africa. Brussels: Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences/

 2012          

Guagnin, M. The rock carvings of the Messak: Monuments in a Changing Landscape, in M. Furholt, M. Hinz & D. Mischka (eds.) “As time goes by?“ Monumentality, Landscapes and the Temporal Perspective (Universitätsforschungen zur prähistorischen Archäologie 206). Bonn: Verlag Dr. Rudolf Habelt GmbH, 95-104.

Guagnin, M. From savanna to desert: Rock art and the environment in the Wadi al-Hayat (Libya), in D.Huyge, F van Noten and D. Swinne (eds.) The Signs of Which Times? Chronological and Palaeoenvironmental Issues in the Rock Art of Northern Africa. Brussels: Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences, 145-157.

Selected media coverage

Biogeography and rock art:

Ancient rock art rewrites the natural history of Arabia (New Scientist)
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2160419-ancient-rock-art-rewrites-the-natural-history-of-arabia/

The rock art that rewrites the history of Saudi Arabia: 10,000-year-old engravings of rare aurochs and wild camels reveal the area would have been a haven for prehistoric animals (Daily Mail)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5367369/The-ancient-rock-art-rewrites-history-Arabia.html

Pre-Neolithic evidence for dog-assisted hunting strategies in Arabia:

These may be the world’s first images of dogs—and they’re wearing leashes (Sciencemag)
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/11/these-may-be-world-s-first-images-dogs-and-they-re-wearing-leashes

Are These the Oldest Images of Dogs? (National Geographic)
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/ancient-dog-rock-art-arabian-desert-cliff-images-spd/

Rock Carvings of Ancient Dogs Getting Taught New Tricks (New York Times)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/science/dogs-rock-art.html

This Rock Art May Be the Earliest Depiction of Dogs (Smithsonian.com)
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/8000-year-old-rock-carvings-may-be-earliest-depiction-domesticated-dogs-180967266/

Uralte Hundebilder verblüffen Archäologen (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
http://www.sueddeutsche.de/wissen/archaeologie-die-ersten-herrchen-1.3762401

Rock art imagery as a proxy for Holocene environmental change:

What Ancient Rock Art Reveals About A Wetter Arabia (Inside Science)
https://www.insidescience.org/news/what-ancient-rock-art-reveals-about-wetter-arabia

 

Conference papers, Lectures and Seminars

  • Green Arabia: new evidence from the rock art of Jubbah and Shuwaymis; First Saudi Archaeology Convention, Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 2017
  • Palaeodeserts: Discovering the Neolithic of Northern Arabia; Seminar at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, April 2017
  • Pastoralists of the southern Nefud Desert: inter-regional contact and local identity; ‘Landscapes of survival’ international conference, University of Leiden, Netherlands, March 2017
  • Environment versus culture: Rock art in the context of Holocene climatic change; Invited lecture and seminar as part of a public lecture series on ‘The Origins of Art’ at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, March 2017 http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/whats-on/events/origins-art
  • Jebel Oraf: A Neolithic landscape in the Jubbah Oasis; Invited lecture at the University of Ha’il, Saudi Arabia, December 2016
  • The rock art of Saudi Arabia: Unique insights into complex population dynamics, Barbarians Prehistory Seminar Series, Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford, October 2016
  • Rock Art and Transhumance in Saudi Arabia, Rock Art Workshop, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, May 2016
  • Presentation of survey and fieldwork results during a royal visit of HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman (President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage) in Jubbah, Saudi Arabia, December 2015
  • The Hunters and Herders of Shuwaymis, Saudi Arabia; International Conference ‘What Ever Happened to the People? Humans and Anthropomorphs in the Rock Art of Northern Africa’, Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences (Brussels, Belgium), September 2015
  • Rock Art in Shuwaymis and Jubbah, Tayma workshop, Balliol College, University of Oxford, October 2014
  • High-resolution survey of the Shuwaymis-2 rock-art site, NW Saudi Arabia (Poster); Green Arabia: Human Prehistory at the Crossroads of Continents; University of Oxford, April 2014
  • Image vs Animal: How Holocene Saharans saw their World; Rencontres d’art rupestre, University College London and Centre National de Préhistoire (les Eyzies, France), May 2013
  • In the Company of Bushbucks and Giraffes: Tracing Landscape Perception and Identity in the Rock Art of Western Sahara; BRAG (British Rock Art Group) Symposium, Queen’s University Belfast, April 2013
  • Antelopes and Gazelles: A study of animal species in the Rock Art of Western Sahara; AARD (African Archaeology Research Day), University of Southampton, November 2012
  • The rock carvings of the Messak: a story of pastoral adaptation; Society for Libyan Studies (British Academy), May 2012
  • ‘The rock carvings of the Messak: Monuments in a changing landscape‘; Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 12,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes II, Session 5: ‘As Time Goes by’? Monumentality, Landscapes and the Temporal Perspective, University of Kiel (Germany), March 2011
  • 'The rock carvings of the Messak - exploring aspects of monumentality‘; Seminar, University of Edinburgh, November 2010
  • 'Bridging the gap – rock art and the environment in the Wadi al-Hayat (Libya)‘; AARD (African Archaeology Research Day), University of Cambridge, October 2010
  • ‘From Savanna to Desert: Animal Engravings and the Changing Prehistoric Environment of the Wadi al-Hayat, Libyan Sahara; International Colloquioum ‘The Signs of Which Times? Chronological and Palaeoenvironmental Issues in the Rock Art of Northern Africa’, Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences (Brussels, Belgium), June 2010
  • ‘Predicting pastoral movement in south-west Libya’, Rock Art Symposium ‘Underlying Mechanisms’, University of Bristol, April 2010
  • ‘Animal Engravings and the Environment: New Results from the Libyan Sahara’; BRAG (British Rock Art Group), University of Newcastle, May 2009
  • ‘The Animal Engravings of the Wadi al-Hayat, Libyan Sahara’; Friday Seminar Series, University of Edinburgh, March 2009
  • ‘Identifying animal species from Saharan rock art depictions’; Spring Archaeozoology meeting, Visegrád, Hungary, May 2008