Degree completed in 2016.

Effects of open shelters on the preservation of limestone remains at archaeological sites


Academic Profile

Cristina is a DPhil candidate in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford, and member of the Oxford Rock Breakdown Laboratory (OxRBL). Her current studies are funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (UK) and La Caixa Foundation (Spain).

Cristina graduated in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, speciality paintings, at the Escuela Superior de Conservacion y Restauracion de Bienes Culturales de Madrid (Spain) in 2005 and in Art History at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain) in 2008. Afterwards, she worked for the Spanish Government on the restoration of painted and gilded wooden altarpieces and coffered ceilings. In 2010, she obtained distinction for her MA in Preventive Conservation at Northumbria University (UK). Her dissertation was about preventive conservation of wooden wrecks hulls after they were retrieved from the sea. Prior to study at Oxford, Cristina also worked on different projects for museums and international organisations such as the Tate Modern and ICCROM. Her main interest lays in application of conservation science and preventive conservation principles to complex environments such as exposed archaeological sites.

Current Research

  • Study of the effects of shelters on preservation of archaeological remains
  • Development of a methodology for shelter assessment

Her current research focussed on two case studies: the Bishop's Palace archaeological site in Witney (South England) and the Hagar Qim megalithic temple in Malta. Both sites are covered with an open light-weight shelter in order to retard deterioration. A scientific assessment of the environmental conditions and stone decay and soling processes inside and outside the shelter is being carried out in order to determine the effect of the shelters on the preservation of the bioclastic limestone remains. The methodology proposed can be applied extensively to different sites and will benefit conservators, archaeologists, site managers and architects.

For more information please see the Oxford Rock Breakdown Laboratory website.



Awards and Funding

  • 2011 - EPSRC Studentship (UK)
  • 2011 - La Caixa Foundation (Spain)


  • Cabello-Briones, C. (in press, 2014) Effects of open shelters on limestone decay: the case-study of the Bishop's Palace archaeological site in Witney. Second International Congress Science and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage, 23-27 June 2013, Seville, Spain, Taylor & Francis.
  • Cabello-Briones, C. (2013) A methodological approach to evaluation of shelter effectiveness for the conservation of archaeological sites. Chapter 10 in, Rogerio-Candelera, M.A., Lazzari, M. and Cano, E. (eds.) Science and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage. CRC Press, pp. 41-44. ISBN: 978-1-138-00009-4.