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Claudine Gravel-Miguel

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Post Doctoral Scholars,

Claudine Gravel-Miguel obtained her Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2017 and is currently working as a postdoctoral scholar for the Institute of Human Origins at ASU.

Her work focuses on the prehistory of Southwestern Europe, in particular on the social behavior of hunter-gatherers who lived there after the last glacial maximum. She has published articles on the position and abundance of ornaments found in burial settings, on the use of elongated pebbles in mortuary rituals, and the importance of studying prehistoric social networks in their environmental context. More recently, her work has included the use of ABM to study long-held assumptions about the archaeological record.

With international colleagues, she has received a Social Science and Humanities Research Council Insight grant to study the Pleistocene-Holocene transition in Liguria (Italy) for which they will conduct small targeted excavations and a study of unpublished artifacts unearthed at important Ligurian sites during the 20th century.


2017. Ph.D. School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University

2011. M.A. Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria

2009. B.A. Anthropology, McGill University


Research Interests: 

Prehistoric Southwest Europe, Magdalenian, hunter-gatherers, social networks, portable art, ornaments, burial practices, GIS, agent-based models.


Hodgkins J., C.M. Orr, C. Gravel-Miguel, J. Riel-Salvatore, L. Bondioli, E. Cristiani, L. Mancini, A. Nava, F. Lugli, S. Silvestrini, M. Romandini, S. Arrighi, F. Baruffaldi, G. Pothier-Bouchard, D. Meyer, D. Drohobytsky, S. Talamo, H.M. Keller, R. Belén Griggs, C.E. Miller, M. Peresani, D.S. Strait, S. Benazzi, F. Negrino. 2021. Infant funeral rites and female personhood in early Mesolithic Europe, Scientific Reports 11: 23735

Sparacello, V.S., I. Dori, S. Rossi, A. Varalli, J. Riel-Salvatore, C. Gravel-Miguel, A. Riga, F. Seghi, G. Goude, S.W.L. Pastra, E. Starnini, V. Formicola, and J. Moggi-Cecchi. 2021. New human remains from the Late Epigravettian “necropolis” of Arene Candide (Liguria, northwestern Italy): direct radiocarbon evidence and inferences on the funerary use of the cave during the Younger Dryas, Quaternary Science Reviews 268:107131

Gravel-Miguel, C., J. K. Murray, B. J. Schoville, C. D. Wren, and C. W. Marean. 2021. Explaining variability in lithic armature discard in the Middle Stone Age archaeological record. Journal of Human Evolution 155:102981

Hirniak, J., E. Smith, R. Johnsen, M. Ren, J. Hodgkins, C. Orr, J. Riel-Salvatore, S. Fitch, C.E. Miller, A. Zerboni, G.S. Mariani, J. Harris, C. Gravel-Miguel, D. Strait, M. Peresani, S. Benazzi, and C.W. Marean. 2020. Discovery of cryptotephra at Middle-Upper Paleolithic sites Arma Veirana and Riparo Bombrini, Italy: A new link for broader geographic correlations, submitted to the Journal of Quaternary Science 35(2):199-212

Gravel-Miguel, C. 2018. The Magdalenian environmental and social contexts of Le Placard. In The Grotte du Placard at 150. New Considerations on an exceptional prehistoric site (C. Delage, ed), Archaeopress Archaeology, Oxford, pp. 157-169

Gravel-Miguel, C. and C. D. Wren. 2018. Agent-based least-cost path analysis and the diffusion of Cantabrian Lower Magdalenian engraved scapulae. Journal of Archaeological Science 99:1-9

Riel-Salvatore, J., C. Gravel-Miguel, R. Maggi, G. Martino, S. Rossi, and V.S. Sparacello. 2018. New insights into Epigravettian funerary ritual at Caverna delle Arene Candide. In Palaeolithic Italy: Advanced studies on early human adaptations in the Apennine Peninsula (V. Borgia & E. Cristiani, eds), Sidestone Press, Leiden, pp. 335-356

Gravel-Miguel, C., J. Riel-Salvatore, R. Maggi, G. Martino, and C. M. Barton. 2017. The breaking of ochred pebble tools as part of funerary ritual in the Arene Candide Epigravettian cemetery. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 27(2):331-350

Negrino, F., S. Benazzi, J. Hodgkins, B.M. Holt, C.E. Miller, C. Orr, M. Peresani, J. Riel-Salvatore, D. Strait, C. Gravel-Miguel, H. DeSantis, E. Leger, S. Martini, E. Perroni, A. Laliberté, G. Pothier-Bouchard, E. Starnini, A. Zerboni. 2017. On-Going Research and First Data from Middle and Upper Palaeolithic Sites of Liguria Region. Bulletin Du Musée d’Anthropologie Préhistorique de Monaco 56: 141– 144.

Gravel-Miguel, C. 2016. Using Species Distribution Modeling to contextualize Lower Magdalenian social networks visible through portable art stylistic similarities. Quaternary International 412:112-123

Riel-Salvatore, J. and C. Gravel-Miguel. 2013. Upper Paleolithic Mortuary Practices, in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial (S. Turlow & L. Nilsson-Stutz, eds.), Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 303-346

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 591Seminar