Dr Margarita Díaz-Andreu is an archaeologist. She works as an ICREA Research Professor at the University of Barcelona. Before moving to Barcelona, she worked as Associate Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid (2004-05) and Lecturer and Reader at Durham University (1996-2011).
Margarita completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Complutense University of Madrid. Her PhD thesis focused on the emergence of social complexity in the Later Prehistoric archaeology of central Spain. Since then, her research has focused on prehistoric archaeology, and the rock art and archaeoacoustics of Western Europe. She is also concerned with heritage, history of archaeology, and the politics of identity in archaeology. Her publications have discussed nationalism and imperialism, colonialism, ethnicity, gender, interdisciplinarity, archaeological tourism, social networks and geographies of knowledge, either in relation to specific countries (Spain, United Kingdom) or to wider geographical areas.
Díaz-Andreu has published extensively about these topics and supervised several doctoral theses and post-doctoral researchers. She is PI of Artsoundscapes, a project funded by the European Research Council, and of ArqueólogAs, funded by the Spanish Science and Innovation Ministry that aims to research and critically analyse the history of women in Spanish archaeology. In 2021, she received the Ramón Menéndez Pidal National Award —one of the most prestigious Spanish awards— for the quality, originality and impact of her international research career. The committee highlighted her contributions to gender studies and her pioneering work on archaeoacoustics.