Sandra Montón-Subías

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, the Archeology of Globalization, 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 2019. ‘Gender, Missions, and Maintenance Activities in the Early Modern Globalization: Guam 1668–98‘. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 23(2), 404-429.

Montón-Subías S & Bayman, J 2019, “Arqueología del contacto cultural y colonialismo ibérico en Guam. Excavaciones en Casa Real (Refugio de la Vida Salvaje, Ritidian)“, Informes y Trabajos, vol 17, pp. 243-252.

Selected research activities

Grants and Research Groups:

– Scientist in Charge in 840992 – ARCARIB. Archaeology of Informal Maritime Commerce in the Colonial Caribbean. (MSCA-IF), H2020.

– Principal Coordinator in Cultura Material, Colonialismo y Género. Una perspectiva arqueológica. MINECO  (2017-2019).

– Principal Investigator in HAR2016-77564-C2-1-P, Cultura Material, Colonialismo y Género en el Pacífico. Una Aproximación desde la Arqueología Histórica. MINECO (2017-2019).

– Principal Investigator in ABERIGUA. Arqueología del Colonialismo Ibérico en Guam, Pacífico occidental, Fundación Palarq & MECD.

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

Invited talks, conferences and workshops:

– Workshop Archaeologies of Tradition, Continuity and Resistance, Australian National University Canberra, Australia.

– Gender and Material Culture in Early Modern Colonial Globalization. Joint Pacific Institute / CAR / Pacific and Asian History Seminar, Australian National UniversityCanberra, Australia.

– Going Colonial, Going Global. Gender, Maintenance Activities and Material Culture in Early Modern Globalization. Archaeology and Material Culture Seminar Series, University of Sydney, Australia.

– Archaeologies of Cultural Contact and Colonialism in Micronesia. The ABERIGUA project. Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia, SydneyAustralia.


– Co-director of the 2019 San Dionisio’s excavations, Guam.

– Co-coordinator of the Master in Global Archaeology (UPF).

– Section Editor Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology.