Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Dr. Asier García-Escárzaga

Kahlaische Strasse 10

07745 Jena



Dr. Asier García-Escárzaga

Dr. Asier García-Escárzaga
Dr. Asier García-Escárzaga
Department of Archaeology

Phone: +49 3641 686-736
Room: 008

Main Focus

Research of García-Escárzaga main focus on deciphering subsistence strategies and the human behaviour of the mesolithic populations in northern Iberian Peninsula (10.5 - 6.7 ka cal BP). This researcher also focus on better undertand the impact of the abrupt climate changes ocurred at the Early Holocene in this littoral area, as for example the 8.2 ka cal BP cold event. To achieve these goals, García-Escárzaga applies stable oxygen isotope ratio and trace elements  ratio analyses on marine mollusc shells. 

Curriculum Vitae

Asier Garcia-Escarzaga obtained two academic dregrees in Prehistoric Archaeology at Complutense University of Madrid (MSc: 2013) and at the university of Cantabria (DPhil: 2018).


García-Escárzaga, A.; Gutiérrez-Zugasti, I.; Schöne, B. R.; Cobo, A.; Martín-Chivelet, J.; González-Morales, M. R. “Growth patterns of the topshell Phorcus lineatus (da Costa, 1778) in northern Iberia deduced from shell sclerochronology”, Chemical Geology. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2018.03.017

García-Escárzaga, A.; Clarke, L. J.; Gutiérrez-Zugasti, I.; González-Morales, M. R.; Martinez, M.; López-Higuera, J. M.; Cobo, A. (2018) “Mg/Ca profiles within archaeological mollusc (Patella vulgata) shells: Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) compared to Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES)”, Spectrochimica Acta B, 148, pp. 8-15.

García-Escárzaga, A.; Gutiérrez-Zugasti, I.; González-Morales, M. R.; Cobo, A. 2017. “Shells and Humans: Molluscs and Other Coastal Resources from the Earliest Human Occupations at the Mesolithic Shell Midden of El Mazo (Asturias, Northern Spain)”, Papers from the Institute of Archaeology, 21(1), Art. 3, pp. 1-17.

Cobo, A.; García-Escárzaga, A.; Gutiérrez-Zugasti, I.; Setién-Marquínez, J.; González-Morales, M. R.; López-Higuera, J. M. 2017. “Automated measurement of Magnesium/Calcium ratios in gastropod shells using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) for paleoclimatic applications”, Applied Spectroscopy. 71(4), pp. 1-9.

Gutiérrez-Zugasti, I.; Tong, E.; García-Escárzaga, A.; Cuenca-Solana, D.; Bailey, G. N.; González-Morales, M. R. 2016. “Collection and consumption of echinoderms and crustaceans at the Mesolithic shell midden site of El Mazo (northern Iberia): opportunistic behaviour or social strategy?”, Quaternary International, 407 (Part B), pp. 118-130.

García-Escárzaga, A.; Moncayo, S.; Gutiérrez-Zugasti, I.; González-Morales, M. R.; Martín-Chivelet, J.; Cáceres, J. O. 2015. “Mg/Ca ratios measured by Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS): a new approach to decipher environmental conditions”, Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 30, pp. 1913-1919.

Gutiérrez-Zugasti, I.; García-Escárzaga, A.; Martín-Chivelet, J.; González-Morales, M. R. 2015. “Determination of sea surface temperatures using oxygen isotope ratios from Phorcus lineatus (Da Costa, 1778) in northern Spain: Implications for paleoclimate and archaeological studies”, The Holocene, 25 (6), pp. 1002-1014.

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