Short CV/Education and training

  • 2006 – 2011
    D.Phil. in Archaeological Science, University of Oxford, U.K.

  • 2005 – 2006
    M.Sc. in Archaeological Science, University of Oxford, U.K.

  • 1999 – 2004
    B.Sc. in Archaeological Conservation, Technical University of Athens, Greece

Selected publications

  • Douka, K., Slon, V., Jacobs, J., Bronk Ramsey, C., Shunkov, M.V., Derevianko, A.P., et al. 2019. Age estimates for hominin fossils and the onset of the Upper Palaeolithic at Denisova Cave. Nature 565 (7741), 640-644.

  • Bae, C.J., Douka, K., Petraglia, M.D. 2017. On the origin of modern humans: Asian Perspectives. Science 358, 1269.

  • Higham, T.F.G., Douka, K., et al. 2014. The timing and spatio-temporal patterning of Neanderthal disappearance. Nature 512, 306–309.

  • Douka, K., Bergman, C.A., Hedges, R.E.M., Wesselingh, F.P., Higham, T.F.G. 2013. Chronology of Ksar Akil (Lebanon) and implications for the colonization of Europe by anatomically modern humans. PLoS ONE 8(9): e72931.

  • Benazzi, S., Douka, K., Fornai, C., Bauer, C.C., Kullmer, O., Svoboda, J., Pap, I., Mallegni, F., Bayle, P., Coquerelle, M., Condemi, S., Ronchitelli, A., Harvati, K. Weber, G.W. 2011. Early dispersal of modern humans in Europe and implications for Neanderthal behaviour. Nature 479 (7374): 525–528.


Selected projects

  • "FINDER Project. Fossil fingerprinting and identification of new Denisova remains in Eurasia" (PI) European Research Council, Striating Grant, 2017 – 2023

  • "Construction of a new chronological framework for the start of the Neolithic in the Aegean” (PI) University of Oxford Fell Fund and the British School at Athens, Greece, 2012 – 2022

  • "Pigs, dogs and chickens and the quest for status and prestige in the Pacific past.” (Associate Investigator, co-PI) Royal Society of New Zealand. Marsden fund to Dr K. Greig. University of Otago, New Zealand, 2020 – 2023

  • "A revised chronology for the Palaeolithic of Late Pleistocene Thailand” (PI) Evans Fund, Cambridge University, in collaboration with Prof. R. Shoocongdej, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 2014 – 2018

Media coverage

  • Interviews with the New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Scientific American, Nature News, Science, Science Focus Magazine, British Council, Natural Environment Research Council, SAPIENS, BBC World News, British Archaeology, Current Archaeology, etc.

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married with two young (under-5) kids


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