David Lubell

Adjunct Professor
David Lubell

Email: dlubell@uwaterloo.ca


David Lubell, Adjunct Professor, as well as Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta, is an archaeologist whose research focuses on human-environmental relationships and the interdisciplinary analysis of palaeoecological, palaeoeconomic and bioarchaeological data. He is primarily interested in the late Pleistocene-early Holocene prehistory of the western Mediterranean, especially southern Europe and the Maghreb, and on palaeoeconomies in which land snails were an important food resource.  He also specializes in lithic analysis.


  • BA, Columbia University (Anthropology), 1964.
  • PhD, Columbia University (Anthropology: Prehistoric Archaeology), 1971.  Thesis: The Fakhurian: A Late Paleolithic Industry from Upper Egypt.Contact Information

Recent and forthcoming publications


2016 - D. Lubell, editor and assembler, with contributions by P.J. Sheppard, M.K. Jackes, S. Mulazzani, J.-P Brugal, G. Petrullo, D. Reese, N. Rahmani, A.C. D’Andrea, S.E. Oas and C.T. Shay, B. Gassin and J. Gibaja. Holocene Prehistory in the Télidjène Basin, Eastern Algeria: Capsian occupations at Kef Zoura D and Aïn Misteheyia.  Archaeopress, Oxford.

Edited Journals

2014-ongoing. Co-Editor: Mesolithic Miscellany

2014 – D. Lubell (ed.).  Northwest African prehistory: Recent work, new results and interpretations. Quaternary International 320.

2011 - D. Lubell & N. Barton (eds.). Gastropods and Humans in the Late Palaeolithic and Mesolithic of the Western Mediterranean Basin.  Quaternary International 244 (1).

2008 - N. Barton, A. Bouzouggar & D. Lubell (eds.).  Modern Human Dispersals, Environments and Cultural Change in the Late Pleistocene of Northwest Africa.  African Archaeological Review 25(1-2).

Refereed Journal Articles

2015 - Jackes, M., Lubell, D. and Crann, C. Dating and redating Capsian skeletons 3A-4 and 3A-7, Aïn Berriche (Algeria). Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 4: 78-85.

2014 – M.K. Jackes, D. Lubell, M.J. Cunha. Redating a Mesolithic skeleton from Cabeço da Arruda, Muge, Portugal. Mesolithic Miscellany, 22 (2): 40-44.

2014 – L. Aoudia, F. Bocquentin, D. Lubell, M. Jackes. Dislocated anatomical blocks: a complex funerary treatment from Capsian context. Anthropologie (Brno), LII/3: 319-328.

2014 – M. Jackes, D. Lubell. Capsian mortuary practices at Site 12 (Aïn Berriche), Aïn Beïda region, eastern Algeria. Quaternary International 320: 92-108.

2013 – J. Shipp, A. Rosen, D. Lubell.  Phytolith evidence of mid-Holocene Capsian subsistence economies in North Africa. The Holocene, 23 (6): 833–840.

2011 - A.C. Colonese, M.A. Mannino, D.E. Bar-Yosef Mayer, D.A. Fa, J.C. Finlayson, D. Lubell, M.C. Stiner.  Marine mollusc exploitation in Mediterranean prehistory: an overview.  Quaternary International 239:86-103.

2009 – C. Meiklejohn, M. Roksandic, M. Jackes, D. Lubell. Radiocarbon dating of Mesolithic human remains in Portugal.  Mesolithic Miscellany 20 (1): 4-16.

2009 - D. Lubell with contributions by J. Feathers & J.-L. Schwenninger.  Post-Capsian settlement in the eastern Maghreb: implications of a revised chronological assessment for the adult burial in Ain Misteheyia.  Journal of African Archaeology 7(2): 175-189.

2008 - M. Jackes & D. Lubell.  Environmental and cultural change in the early and mid Holocene: evidence from the Telidjene Basin, Algeria.  African Archaeological Review 25(1-2): 41-55.

2005 - N. Rahmani and D. Lubell.  "Dessine-moi une autruche" La gravure de Kef Zoura D et la representation de l'autruche au Maghreb.  Sahara 16: 39-54.

2004 - Are land snails a signature for the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in the circum-Mediterranean?  In, M. Budja (ed.), The Neolithization of Eurasia - paradigms, models and concepts involved, Neolithic Studies 11, Documenta Praehistorica XXXI: 1-24.


2015 – M. Jackes, D. Lubell, P. Alvim, M.J. Cunha. Sources for the Reconstruction of Cabeço da Arruda. In: N. Bicho, C. Detry, T.D. Price and E. Cunha (eds.), Muge150th: The 150th Anniversary of the Discovery of Mesolithic Shellmiddens-Volume 1, pp. Conference. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 33-44.

2015 – M. Jackes, D. Lubell, H.F.V. Cardoso, J.A. Anacleto, C. Meiklejohn. Cabeço da Arruda in the 1860s. In: N. Bicho, C. Detry, T.D. Price and E. Cunha (eds.), Muge150th: The 150th Anniversary of the Discovery of Mesolithic Shellmiddens-Volume 1, pp. Conference. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 45-58.

2014 – M. Jackes, D.Lubell. Afterword. In, D.L. Pond, If Women Have Courage..Among Shepherds, Sheiks, and Scientists in Algeria. Africa Magna Verlag, Frankfurt. pp. 195-206.

2014 – M. Jackes, D. Lubell. Muge Mesolithic burials: a synthesis of mortuary archaeology. In: J. Grünberg (ed.), Mesolithic Burials – Rites, symbols and social organization of early postglacial communities. Halle, Tagungen des Landesmuseums für Vorgeschichte Halle. In press.

2014 – D. Lubell with a contribution by Meredith Faber. The 8200 cal BP event and the Capsian.  In, de Trafford, A., Tassie, G.J., van Wetering, J. and El Daly, O. (eds.), A River Runs Through it: Essays in honour of Professor Fekri A. Hassan. Cairo: Annales du Service des Antiquités de L’Egypte. In press.

2012 – M. Jackes, D. Lubell. Mortuary archaeology of the Muge shell middens. In, Gibaja, J.F., Carvalho, A.F. and Chambon, P. (eds.), Funerary Practices in the Iberian Peninsula from the Mesolithic to the Chalcolithic.  Oxford, Archaeopress: BAR International Series 2417, pp. 67-76.

2012 – N. Rahmani, D. Lubell.  Climate change and the adoption of pressure technique in the Maghreb:  the Capsian sequence at Kef Zoura D (Eastern Algeria).  In, P.M. Desrosiers (ed.) The Emergence of Pressure Blade Making: From Origin to Modern Experimentation.  New York: Springer, pp. 139-155.

2007 - D. Lubell, M. Jackes, P. Sheppard & P. Rowley-Conwy.  The Mesolithic-Neolithic in the Alentejo: archaeological investigations, 1984-1986.  In, N. Bichp (ed.) From the Mediterranean basin to the Portuguese Atlantic shore: Papers in Honor of Anthony Marks.  Actas do IV Congresso de Arqueologia Peninsular.  Centro do Estudos de Patrimonio, Departamento de Historia, Arqueologia et Patrimonio, Universidade do Algarve: Faro, pp. 209-229.

2005 - D. Lubell.  Continuite et changement dans l'Epipaleolithique du Maghreb.  In, M. Sahnouni (ed.) Le Paleolithique en Afrique: l'histoire la plus longue, pp. 205-226.  Guides de la Prehistoire Mondiale, Editions Artcom'/Errance: Paris.

2004 - Prehistoric edible land snails in the circum-Mediterranean: the archaeological evidence.  In, J-J. Brugal & J. Desse (eds.) Petits Animaux et Societes Humaines.  Du Complement Alimentaire Aux Ressources Utilitaires.  XXIVe rencontres internationales d'archeologie et d'histoire d'Antibes, pp. 77-98.  Antibes: Editions APDCA.


2006 - W.J. Burroughs, Climate Change in Prehistory: the End of the Reign of Chaos.  SAS Bulletin: The Newsletter of the Society for Archaeological Sciences 29(3): 24-26.

2006 - M.R. Gonzales Morales & G.A. Clark (eds.), The Mesolithic of the Atlantic Facade: Proceedings of the Santander Symposium.  Journal of Anthropological Research 62: 276-277.