Sandra Montón-Subías

Universitat Pompeu Fabra


1988: BSc Geography and History (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain). 1993: PhD History (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). I began my research at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, studying processes of emerging complexity in Mediterranean Bronze Age societies. Since then, I have worked at the University of Athens, at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, at the University of Cambridge, at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, at the University of California Santa Cruz, at the Northwestern University, at the National Taiwan University, at the University of Guam, at German Archaeological Institute/Roman-Germanic Commission in Frankfurt and at the University of Oslo. I was co-chair of the EAA working party AGE for the period 2009-2015.

Research interests

I am an archaeologist with broad interests in social and theoretical archaeology. My current fields of research are the Archaeology of Modern Iberian Colonialism and Gender Archaeology. Most specifically, I am analysing the consequences that Spanish colonialism and Jesuit missionization had on the native Chamorro populations of Guam and the Mariana Islands (western Pacific), with a specific focus on the effects that such domination had on power relationships, gender systems and maintenance activities. As a historical archaeologist, I converge historical written documents and material culture in my research. Although I focus on the study of modern colonial processes, I investigate much broader cultural sequences that include previous developments of local oral populations, thus bridging the long-debated prehistory/history divide. 

Selected publications

- Montón-Subías S 2017, 'On Treherne's warrior's beauty', European Journal of Archaeology, 20 (1).

- Frieman CJ, Bruck J, Rebay-Salisbury K, Bergerbrant S, Monton-Subias S, Sofaer J, Knusel CJ, Vandkilde H, Giles M & Treherne P 2017, 'Aging Well: Treherne's "Warrior's Beauty' Two Decades Later', European Journal Of Archaeology, 20, 1, 36 - 73.

Selected research activities

Grants and Research Groups:

- Principal Coordinator in Cultura Material, Colonialismo y Género. Una perspectiva arqueológica, HAR2016-77564-C2-1-P, Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (2017-2019).

- Principal Investigator in ABERIGUA. Arqueología del Colonialismo Ibérico en Guam, Pacífico occidental, Fundación Palarq (2017-2018).

- Principal Investigator in ABERIGUA. Arqueología del Colonialismo Ibérico en Guam, Pacífico occidental, Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España (IPCE), Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte (2017-2018).

-Coordinator of the UPF Research Group "Colonialism, Gender and Materialities" (CGyM).

Invited talks, conferences and workshops:

-Bodies of colonialism. Identity and bodily care in the Mariana Islands. EAA, Maastricht.

-Gender, Change and Continuity in Colonial Guam (1668-1700), New University of Lisbon.

-La Arqueología de Género y las Actividades de Mantenimiento. Tona City Hall.

-Arqueología del Contacto Cultural y del Colonialismo Español en las Islas Marianas. Museo Arqueológico Nacional, Madrid.


- Co-director of the 2017 San Dionisio's Church and Cemetery excavations, Umatac, Guam (Mariana Islands).

-Section Editor of Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (2nd edition).

-Scientific Committee for the Spanish TAG (Theoretical Archaeological Group).

-Master Thesis "Argentina Negra", Paula Mirkin (September 13).