Professor Emeritus of Geoarchaeology and Archaeology

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Interest

Geoarchaeology, Micromorphology, Site Formation processes, Palaeolithic archaeology

Excavations & Field Work

Current research includes the application of micromorphological techniques to Pleistocene caves in France, Israel, Germany, and South Africa;  the study of Neanderthal hearths and pyrotechnology; the geoarchaeology of open-air sites in California; and the use of micromorphology in interpreting anthropogenic deposits from Pleistocene sites in the Old World to 16th century Spanish settlements in Jamaica.

Member, Editorial Advisory Boards

Associate Editor, Geoarchaeology
Associate Editor, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences
Associate Editor, Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology


  • Alexander von Humboldt Senior Award; University of Tübingen, Germany, April, 2013
  • Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology, Archaeological Institute of America, January, 2010
  • Fryxell Award, Society for American Archaeology, March, 2008
  • January-August, 2004: Alexander von Humboldt Senior Award; University of Tübingen, Germany.
  • Rip Rapp Award, Archaeological Geology Division, Geological Society of America, 2002
  • September-December, 1998: French Government Fellowship (“Poste Rouge”, C.N.R.S. Senior Scientist) at the Centre de Recherche Archéologique, Valbonne


(for additional publication refer to CV)

Karkanas, P., and Goldberg, P., 2018. Reconstructing Archaeological Sites: Understanding the Geoarchaeological Matrix. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford.

Dibble, H., McPherron, S.P., Goldberg, P., Sandgathe, D. (Eds), 2018. The Middle Paleolithic Site of Pech de l’Azé IV, Cave and Karst Systems of the World. Springer International, Basel.

Macphail, R.I. and P. Goldberg, 2018. Applied Soils and Micromorphology in Archaeology. Cambridge University Press.

Goldberg, P. and R.I. Macphail, 2006. Practical and Theoretical Geoarchaeology. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.

Goldberg, P., V.T. Holliday, and C. Reid Ferring (eds.), 2001. Earth Sciences and Archaeology. Kluwer-Plenum, NY.

Goldberg, P., M. Petraglia, and D.T. Nash (Eds.) 1993. Formation Processes in Context. Madison, Wisconsin, Prehistory Press, Monographs in World Archaeology No. 17.

Courty, M.A., P. Goldberg, and R.I. Macphail, 1989. Soil Micromorphology and Archaeology. Cambridge University Press.




Goldberg, P., C.E. Miller, N.J. Conard, in press. Micromorphology and site formation at Geißenklösterle Cave, Germany. In: N.J. Conard and S. Münzel (Eds), Geißenklösterle II: Kerns Verlag: Tübingen.

Gutiérrez-Rodríguez, M., Toscano, M. and Goldberg, P., 2018. High-resolution dynamic illustrations in soil micromorphology: A proposal for presenting and sharing primary research data in publication. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 20, 565-575.

Pérez-Juez, A. and Goldberg, P., 2018. Evidence of Quarrying at the Iron Age Site of Torre d’en Galmés, Menorca, Spain. Boletín Geológico y Minero (Instituto Geológico y Minero de España) 129 (1/2), 253-370.

Dibble, H.L., Sandgathe, D., Goldberg, P., McPherron, S., Aldeias, V., 2018. Were Western European Neandertals able to make fire? Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology, published online.

Goldberg, P., McPherron, S.P., Dibble, H., Sandgathe, D., 2018. Stratigraphy, Deposits and Site Formation, in: Dibble, H., McPherron, S.P., Goldberg, P., Sandgathe, D. (Eds.), The Middle Paleolithic Site of Pech de l’Azé IV. Springer International, pp. 21-74.

Goldberg, P., Pérez-Juez, A., 2018. The hidden record at Torre d’en Galmés, Menorca. Accounts from soil micromorphological analysis. PYRENAE 47, 1-27.

Goldberg, P., Aldeias, V., 2018. Why Does (Archaeological) Micromorphology Have Such Little Traction in (Geo)Archaeology? Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 10, 269-278.

Mallol, C., Goldberg, P., 2017. Cave and Rock Shelter Sediments, in: Nicosia, C., Stoops, G. (Eds.), Archaeological Soil and Sediment Micromorphology. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, p. 359-381.

Gutiérrez-Rodríguez, M., Goldberg, P., Peinado, F.J.M., Schattner, T., Martini, W., Orfila, M., Acero, C.B., 2017. Melting, bathing and melting again. Urban transformation processes of the Roman city of Munigua: the public thermae. Archaeol Anthropol Sci.

Richter, D., McPherron, S.P., Dibble, H., Goldberg, P., Sandgathe, D.S., 2017. Additional chronometric data for the small flake assemblages (‘Asinipodian’) from Pech de l’Azé IV (France) and a comparison with similar assemblages at the nearby site of Roc de Marsal, in: Wojtczak, D., Najiar, M.A., Jagher, R., Elsuede, H., Wegmüller, F., Otte, M. (Eds.), Vocation préhistoire. Hommage à Jean-Marie Le Tensorer. Études et Récherches archéologiques de l’Université de Liège, Liège, pp. 323-335.

Matarazzo, T., Berna, F., & Goldberg, P., 2017. Micromorphological Study of Concotto Surfaces Protected by the Avellino Eruption in 3945 ± 10 cal. BP at the Early Bronze Age of Afragola Village in Southern Italy. Environmental Archaeology, 1-16.