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 & Hernando A 2018, ‘Modern Colonialism, Eurocentrism and Historical Archaeology: Some Engendered Thoughts’, European Journal of Archaeology, 21(3): 455-471.

Montón-Subías S & Meyer W 2018, ‘Engendered Archaeologies‘, in: Smith C. (eds) Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, Springer, Cham.

Montón Subías S, Bayman J & Moragas N 2018, ‘Arqueología del Colonialismo español en la Micronesia: Guam y las poblaciones Chamorras‘, in Marín Aguilera B (ed) Repensar el Colonialismo. Iberia, de colonia a potencia colonial, JAS Arquelogía. Pp. 303-336.

Montón-Subías S & Moral E 2018, ‘Gender, Feminist, and Queer Archaeologies: A Spanish Perspective‘ in: Smith C (eds) Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, Springer, Cham.

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 (2018-2019), MECD (2018-2019).

– Coordinator of the UPF Research Group “Colonialism, Gender and Materialities” (CGyM).

Invited talks, conferences and workshops:

– SAA-Amerind Workshop “Identity, Cultural Persistence and Transformation among Spanish Colonialisms”. Dragoon, USA.

– Iberian Cultural Contact and Colonialism in the Island of Guam: the ABERIGUA Project. EAA, Barcelona.

– Food and Cuisine in Spanish Colonial Guam (17th and 18th Centuries). EAA, Barcelona.

– Gender and Maintenance Activities in the First Globalization. The example of Colonial Guam 1668-1700. EAA, Barcelona.

– Chamorros, Jesuitas y Corporalidad durante la Colonización Temprana de las Islas Marianas. TAAS, Ibarra, Ecuador.


– Co-director of the 2018 San Dionisio’s Church and Cemetery and Palasyo excavations, Umatac, Guam.

– Section Editor of Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology.

– Master Thesis “Guahan: inafa’maolek”, Carmen A. Granell (September 12).