Dr. Mario Mata-González (He/his)

Research Associate
Human Palaeosystems Research Group

Main Focus

As a zooarchaeologist, I study hominin-animal interactions during the Late Pleistocene-Early Holocene, with a special focus on the reconstruction of site formation processes, hominin subsistence strategies, and paleoenvironmental conditions. Overall, my research aims to document how hominins exploited and adapted to new and different environments, and their long-term impact on local ecosystems.

Curriculum Vitae

Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher in Mediterranean zooarchaeology and vertebrate paleontology within the European Research Council-funded ISLANDLAB project, based at the Department of Classics and Archaeology of the University of Malta. Before that, I received a BA in History at the University of Granada (Spain), and a MSc and a PhD in Archaeological Sciences at the University of Tübingen (Germany).


Mata-González, M., Starkovich, B.M., Zeidi, M., Conard, N.J., 2023. Evidence for diverse animal exploitation during the Middle Paleolithic at Ghar-e Boof (southern Zagros). Scientific Reports 13, 19006. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-023-45974-8

Blanco-Lapaz, A., Mata-González, M., Starkovich, B.M., Zeidi, M., Conard, N.J., 2022. Late Pleistocene environments in the Southern Zagros of Iran and their implications for human evolution. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 14, 161. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12520-022-01615-1

Mata-González, M., Starkovich, B.M., Zeidi, M., Conard, N.J., 2022. New zooarchaeological perspectives on the early Upper Paleolithic Rostamian sequence of Ghar-e Boof (southern Zagros Mountains, Iran). Quaternary Science Reviews 279, 107350. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2021.107350

Kunze, J., Roditi, E., Mata-González, M., Mentzer, S.M., 2022. Eleventh annual meeting of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution. Evolutionary Anthropology 31, 72–74. https://doi.org/10.1002/evan.21939

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